Happy Herbivore Blog

And then there were 3.

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

No, no, no. Scott & I aren't having a child. Well, not in the normal sense. I do have a baby chickie, though. No not a real chicken. This is not going well.

Let me back up: She calls me Mama Hen. I've been doting on Andrea for over a year now, since back when I lived in New York City. I met her on Twitter through a mutual friend. She was in college at the time and I had a need to mother something---someone---so I adopted Andrea. She is my baby chickie. 

When I lived in New York, I always had her over for dinner. I may or may not have attempted to do her laundry... In her final semester of college, Andrea was able to "intern" at Happy Herbivore for credit and she toured around with me on my book tour and helped me put Everyday Happy Herbivore together. When she graduated I was happy for her, but sad for me. What would I do without my assistant? 

Thankfully, the stars aligned to bring us back together. 

Every day it was becoming more and more clear to me that I needed another set of hands if I wanted to reach my goals and dreams with Happy Herbivore. I saw all the potential, all these things I wanted to do, but I couldn't do it by myself. I was in the market for a virtual assistant when Andrea messaged me one afternoon to say her internship in Chicago wasn't working out. 

The next thing I knew I was buying her a one-way plane ticket to the island. Andrea moved in last Sunday. 

Andrea is Happy Herbivore's first official employee and I couldn't be more excited to have her on board. Good things will come. 

Andrea is also fiercely camera-shy---so much that when I tried to take a picture of all our feet--this is what resulted:

Someone tried to pull their feet out of the picture midflash! ugh hem.

So welcome Andrea!

Andrea will be starting her own column here on happy herbivore soon--sharing a peek and look at what goes on at HH HQ! A little behind the scenes action if you will.

Stay tuned! 

What is Miso?

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

What is miso? Miso is basically a fermented condiment. It's made from soybeans, barley or rice, or a combination thereof. Miso can also be made from chickpeas for a soy-free option. It has a salty taste but a unique one. I really like the sharp taste in "cheese" recipes. It's also great for making broths and dressings and you can use it instead of table salt if you like.

Is there a substitute? Unfortunately, no. Miso is very distinct and there is no substitute for it. 

What brand should I buy? Don't worry about brand so much as color. I prefer yellow miso, which is a mellow miso. White and red misos are an okay substitute but steer clear of brown or any dark colored miso. (They are really strong and taste different. Brown misos won't work in HH recipes.) 

Where can I find it? Miso is refrigerated, usually by produce and other refrigerated condiments (like dressings). You can find it in health food stores (such as Whole Foods Market) and Asian grocery stores. My little corner street bodega in New York City even had it. Always ask, chances are it is in your store but hiding.

Sophie's Kitchen Giveaway (Closed!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |


Sophie's Kitchen is gave away a sampler pack of their vegan seafood products to a lucky Happy Herbivore reader.

A little bit about this new vegan seafood line:

  • Sophie's was voted "Best New Vegan Products" by VegNews!
  • All products are made from Konjac root.
  • Most items are gluten-free (soon all will be gluten-free).
  • Several of their products are oil-free and fat-free!
  • No GMOs, MSG, Preservatives or Artificial Colors.

You can find Sophie's products in most health food stores, Whole Foods Market and online at Vegan Essentials and Cosmos Vegan Shoppe. Give them a like on Facebook, too.