Friday, May 08, 2009

On the Cover of the Vegetarian Times

See the wording on the left there, "Vegan gourmet / The perfect picnic"? That's me! I wrote that! I put together a vegan picnic menu for this month's Vegetarian Times magazine. The menu features a roasted red pepper spread sandwich with baked beans, a kid-friendly salad, and coconut cream pies for dessert. The staff at Vegetarian Times made and tasted each of the recipes and liked them all (whew!), and I love the pictures they took.

Originally my summer picnic menu also included an egg-free, mayo-free vegan potato salad, because what picnic or potluck is complete without potato salad? However, the editors felt that with the sandwiches and beans, the potatoes would make the menu "too starchy", so it got canned.

But you're in luck! I saved the recipe and am posting my Picnic Potato Salad here. Think of it as a free bonus recipe! Or think of it as the best darn vegan potato salad you'll ever eat. Either way.

42 comments:

Sanja said...

That is so cool, you must be proud!

aimee said...

Great job, Jennifer. Love your tattoo!

suthrncan said...

I LOVE Vegetarian Times!!! I will defiantely buy this copy!

Kiersten said...

Congrats on the VT feature!

Heather J. Chin said...

Congrats!
It looks delicious.

Did they pay?

Claire said...

Wow, congrats! It must be really cool to be on the cover of VT!

Agnes said...

The VT piece was awesome and I am definitely going to try the recipes. Your tattoos are amazing. Didn't really think you had any! You're awesome and thanks for the great blog!

robiewankenobie said...

you win at crazy fantastic!

MrsBug said...

Congrats! I just received my copy in the mail today :-)

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Did they pay?

Yes, it was a real paid writing gig.

>>Your tattoos are amazing. Didn't really think you had any!

LOL! Indeed I do. :-)

Thanks, everyone!

cherrybomber said...

Congrats Jennifer! Good work there ;)

Kelsea Little said...

That is SO EXCITING for you!!! I had a two year subscription to Veg Times (love it, wonderful magazine)however it unfortunately ended a few months ago. But I will most certainly be buying this one just for your article!

Congrats :)

DJ Karma said...

That's so cool! Congratulations!!

Becky B said...

I just got my issue and that was the FIRST article I was going to read...or shall I say DEVOUR! Congratulations =)

Maryann said...

That is SO cool! Awesome! :)

Zachary said...

Speaking of your tattoos, are they from a local artist or am I going to have to drive to Seattle or Portland to get something decent?

Candyce said...

I have enjoyed your blog very much so am not one bit surprised that you are on the cover of Vegetarian times. How exciting!

Leia said...

OMG I read that last night and was like "OMG I read that blog!!" Congrats!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Speaking of your tattoos, are they from a local artist or am I going to have to drive to Seattle or Portland to get something decent?

I recommend checking out Portland. There are sooo many kick-axx tattoo artists there, and it's not that far away. I go to Infinity:

http://www.infinitytattoo.com/

Justin & Kristin said...

Hi, First time to your blog...very cool!!!
I am wondering if I could pick some vegan brains out there or yours if you have a sec. I have a 6 month old baby boy and after having him, have not wanted to eat meat, we have had fish but, after reading engine 2 & Skinny Bitch my husband and I want to start a vegan life style.
I have been reading about vegan infants and would like to get more info from moms out there that have vegan babys and how they are doing. Is there any info you can give me on how to start him on this life style of food and what is good for a growing vegan baby.

We already are getting crap from people about this. we/me are trying to do are own thing it is just hard when you hear we are not going to be giving our baby what he needs to grow. I feel strong that vegan is the way to go and would love some input from other vegans. Just for my mind to calm down!!!
Thank you so very much for any info you have.
Cheers, Kristin

p.s. Happy Mothers day!!

Dana Treat said...

Congratulations! That is quite an achievement!

Dane said...

I'm not at all surprised by your continued success; your blog makes an actual difference in the quality of our day to day lives.

For example, thanks to you, I now include frozen spinach in my morning smoothie!

I am adding you to my Blogroll; it will live later today.

~Dane
http://www.BionicButler.com
"improving personal productivity at home"

Lille Skvat said...

Congratulations! I'm impressed :-)

Lille Skvat
http://lilleskvat.blogspot.com

gymgirl7593 said...

Congrats! I'll have to go pick up a copy!

Tracy said...

Congrats, Jennifer! Your menus is delicious...And so is your blog. I've been reading for a while and just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration! I'm a vegetarian but my husband is not--so I understand the family meal challenge :o)

Christie said...

I recognized your name and skimmed your VT article, which looks good (as always) and the thing I can't get over is the picture of you in the front of the magazine! I'm so used to the one of you on this blog - and she does not look like she would have a tattoo under that sleeve! - that I kind of thought you had asked them to Photoshop you, for whatever reason. It's a whole new Jenniferschmoo! :)

Jennifershmoo said...

LOL! What can I say? It's true, it's me! Other people have also said that I don't look like the kind of person who would have tattoos.

Jennifershmoo said...

Kristin, there are lots of resources out there. I recommend getting as many books on nutrition as you can and really reading up. Not only will it help you do what's best for your baby, you'll also be prepared next time someone gives you crap.

Some books I would recommend are "Raising Vegetarian Children" by Jo Stepanaik, "Viva Le Vegan!" by Dreena Burton (she has this great list in the back on when to introduce new foods and how to prepare them for baby), and "Disease Proof Your Child" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I even think the Skinny Bitches just came out with one on pregnancy, but I'm not sure if that covers child nutrition, too.

And here's a page at Vegan Health that talks about infants and children:

http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/preginfchil/Good luck! :-)

melanie said...

Jennifer, I think the magazine editors were a little silly about the potato salad. Potato salad is picnic food! A non-vegan picnic will have the fried chicken or sandwiches, beans, potato salad, and then the cake and/or pie. I don't think I've ever seen a green salad at a picnic, though some smart person will usually bring some crudites. Picnics have a little built in excess, but you work it off swimming in the river or playing frisbee, or nature walking.

I look forward to trying your recipe.

Always love your website!

melanie said...

Also, Jennifer, direct Kristin to greenandcrunchy.blogspot.com for the crazy lady who is raising five raw vegan kids. Her ideas and recipes are fascinating, and those kids look glowingly healthy.

Macie said...

Congrats!!!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Jennifer, I think the magazine editors were a little silly about the potato salad. Potato salad is picnic food!

Well, that's what I thought, too! :-)

DailySAHM said...

I have to be yet another person commenting on your tattoos! My husband pointed them out and I was speechless. I just never pictured you with a full sleeve. At any rate, they look great, and your recipes were great too!

Ilene said...

The coconut pies look GOOOOOOD! Okay, I admit that I missed the pic in the front and after reading everyone's comments on your tattoos I had a peek and ...I never would have known that was you! Love the edgy picture! So glad to see you in VT!

Joi said...

Congrats!! We have that issue. I will have to go see where dh hid it so he could read it first. :)

Lunchbox Obsessed said...

I love Vegetarian Times... It was cool to flip through the last issue and come upon someone I "know" through your blog! Neat article and I will definitely check out your vegan potato salad... we've planted potatoes in our garden for the first time so will have to use those! Congrats on the article :)

Sarah Stride said...

Congrats on getting into VT! I love this issue, and your contributions! I'm also excited to try this potato salad recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

I tried the roasted red pepper sandwich today from your article in VT. It was fabulous! Not that I was surprised, but my omni friends were. They asked if I had given up being vegan... finally. I grinned and said, "No, but I think you might switch sides after you learn this is a vegan sandwich." I love those moments. Thanks so much!

Carly said...

I love that magazine, your recipes sound awesome.. cant wait to try them!

Leng said...

Hi! I saw your lunch box article in this mag! That's so awesome! When I saw it I told my husband that I have this blog in my google reader. :-)

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