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Foodie Friday: Pittsburgh, PA

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I'm finally back in St. Maarten after a two-week trip to the states. Here is a glimpse into some of the food I ate during my 2 stops in Pittsburgh, PA. (You can see my eats from Vegetarian Summerfest here). I regrettably didn't photo any of the food I ate while home in New York City. Oops! I was too excited and too busy socializing with friends I guess!

**as a warning, these photos were taken with my phone, sorry about the blurry quality!**

Tofu Mole at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh.

A really awesome tofu appetizer at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh.

Hot Wingz from Double Wide Grill in Pittsburgh. (These "wings" tasted exactly the way I remember hot wings tasting. They were really hot!)

Vegan Pulled Pork from Double Wide Grill in Pittsburgh.


Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream that's vegan. Need I say more? LOVE.

I was also excited to see so many healthy (and vegan!) snack choices in airports and at the movie theater! Good job America!

Not only is this snack pack a bargain -- three snacks plus water for only $7 -- all of the snacks are completely vegan (and really tasty!). Good job AMC! I found this snack pack at an AMC in New York City.

I found this snack pack in the Pittsburgh airport. All of the snacks were vegan (and gluten-free!) By the way, the bracelet I'm wearing was given to me by a fan who came by my photo shoot in New York City so I could sign a cookbook for him. So sweet of him!

Finally, words cannot describe how awesome it feels to walk into the B&N you've gone to for years and seeing your cookbook on display. No words.

Guest Blogger: Kristina B.

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

My family is Italian, so lasagna has always been a comfort food for us. It's also one of my standby dishes when we're having company over for dinner because everyone likes lasagna and it presents beautifully. 

The nice thing about my recipe for vegan lasagna is that it also tends to be a balanced meal: complex carbohydrates in the pasta, protein from the tofu ricotta and vegetables like spinach in the lasagna roll up, plus a side serving. 

Lasagna roll ups also whip up easily and makes enough for leftovers (that store beautifully in the freezer)! but don't just take my word for it! Introducing Kristina, this week's guest blogger and lover of HH's Lasagna Rolls:

HH: The lasagna rolls sure look tasty! 

Kristina: The lasagna rolls were fantastic tasting and so easy to prepare. It took no time at all. While I boiled the noodles I prepared the filling. 

HH: Did your family like the recipe?

Kristina: Yes! Even my non vegan husband willingly ate them! The recipe also made enough to share with a new mom and her husband.  

HH: Random story: I once made a double batch of the rolls for friends of mine when they became new parents! It was an easy meal for them, all they had to do was reheat. So sweet of you to share with your friends!

HH: Have you found other HH recipes just as easy?

Kristina: All of your recipes are extremely easy and quick to prepare. Once I bought a few ingredients, I was able to make every recipe in your cookbook.  The Happy Herbivore Cookbook has made vegan cooking easy and quick! What a breath of fresh air!

HH: Aww Thanks Kristina! You're so sweet! I'm thrilled you liked the lasagna rolls!

Have you made HH's lasagna rolls? Do you have a standby recipe for when guests come over for dinner?

Vegetarian Summerfest Demo

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I was a speaker/demonstrator at Vegetarian Summerfest this year and wow--it was so much fun! Summerfest is like "camp" for adults--except totally veg! My cooking class "Low Fat Vegan: All the Flavor without the Fat!" was a huge success! I had a blast demonstrating my recipes and several of my "students" came up to me afterward thanking me for such a great class. It made me feel really good! 

Funny side story: Minutes before my demonstration, I bumped into T. Colin Campbell in the hallway. I've always been a huge fan of his and since we have the same publisher (and he endorsed my cookbook) I just *had* to say hello. 

Right off the bat I said who I was and that we had the same publisher. Dr. Campbell looked very pensive so I thought, oh! I have a copy of my book on me for class, I'll just pull it out to help jog his memory!!

As soon as I did, however, he says "oh this is very nice, is this for me?"

And who says no to T. Colin Campbell? Right. So I gave him my book (my only first edition no less!) and then he asked me to sign it, which was beyond awesome!! I also managed to convince him to snap this pic:

Of course, this left me with no book for my class (that was starting in just a few minutes!!) so I sent my friend (and lovely new assistant, Nichelle) sprinting down the hallway to the bookstore to buy another copy of my book for class. At least it makes a great story!

Nichelle & I at our last Summerfest breakfast!

Here are some of the pictures from my demonstration, more are on HH's Facebook (album here).

[By the way I'm totally aware some of these pictures are sideways. I tried to get them to show up properly for over an hour and then ultimately gave up! Technology is a beast sometimes!]

I made the Nutty Spread (p. 253), Teriyaki Chickpeas (p. 127), Potato Salad (p. 189) & Black Bean Brownies (p. 209). 

Preparing the salsa for Teriyaki Chickpeas

Zesting the lemon for the potato salad.

Thumbs up for the Nutty Spread

My wonderful audience sampling my recipes!

With fellow vegan authors at our joint book signing! so fun!

Signing. Signing. Signing. I really need to adopt a signature sharpie color.

I really love cooking for others and showing them how to cook at home --- it's always a real treat when I get the opportunity... perhaps I need to get the webcam out and tape more cooking webisodes!