Ep. 007 – Vegan Thanksgiving


Welcome to the Peaceful Table Podcast.  This is the Vegan Thanksgiving episode.  We’ll talk about some strategies for navigating omnivore get-togethers, and lots of amazing vegan food, from soup to nuts, to bring along with you to any gathering.  And entertaining tips for hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner and potluck.

Thanksgiving recipes
My Thanksgiving Pinterest Page
Barnivore – catalog of vegan wines, beers, liquors
Thanksgiving Art Project for kids.
Thanksgiving storybook for kids:  Sometimes It’s Turkey
My Life As A Turkey – a PBS film
floating tealight candles
BIA Cordon Bleu ramekins, 4″, on Amazon
BIA Cordon Bleu ramekins, from Chef’s Catalog
Pier 1 copycat ramekins
NY Times Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes – 2010
NY Times Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes – 2011
NY Times Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes – 2012

Two great Thanksgiving podcast episodes by Colleen Patrick Goudreau:
Thanksgiving FOR The Birds – episode dated November 2, 2007,
Celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving Without Compromising Your Values – episode dated September 18, 2008.

Ep. 006 – Vegan New York City


Welcome to the Peaceful Table podcast.  This is the Vegan New York City show, but we’re also going to talk about the recipes I made for Vegan Mofo, strategies for keeping warm this winter, including bedding and jackets.  Regional Recommendations, a great kitchen tool, one of my favorite podcasts, and some of my favorite scary movies to watch around Halloween.


Vegan Halloween Pinterest Page.
Vegan candy list.
My four favorite scary movies to watch around Halloween are The Lost BoysThe VillageShaun of The DeadZombieland.
Viva La Vegan Pizza – Ledo Restaurants.
How little doctors learn about nutrition in medical school.
New York City restaurant reviews.
Alicia Silverstone video on Down is less than three minutes long, please watch.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket is also available for men and comes in different styles.
LL Bean Ascent Packaway Jacket is also available for men.
Home Classics Level 1 Down-Alternative Comforter.
Home Classics Level 2 Down-Alternative Comforter.
Home Classics Reversible Down-Alternative Comforters.
IKEA cotton and linen duvet covers.
Threshold Organic Cotton blankets from Target.
Acela Train menu.  Has quite a few vegan items.
Recipes I made for Vegan Mofo 2013.
Snap Judgment podcast.
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent.  Scroll down to see little video!

Ep. 005 – Vegan Personal Products


Welcome to the Peaceful Table podcast, where we talk about vegan cooking and lifestyle.  This is the Vegan Personal Products show.  However, we’re also going to talk about some of my favorite Tomato recipes,  I’ll tell you about one of my favorite cookbooks,  a fascinating documentary, and a whole lot more.


Personal Products Brands that DO test on animals.
Personal Product Brands that do NOT test on animals.
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Hibiscus Facial Toner.
Thayers Alcohol Free Toner.
Desert Essence Pomegranate Face Serum.
Alba Botanica Even Advanced Daily Cream (too perfumey but works great).
Borage Therapy Facial Moisturizer by Shikai.
Crystal Deodorant.
DIY deodorant.
Summer Spice Roll-On Deodorant by Nature’s Gate.
Tom’s Long Lasting Wild Lavender Deodorant  (24 Hour).
Desert Essence Sweet Almond Hand and Body Lotion.
Desert Essence Perfect Pistachio Foot Repair Cream.
Nature’s Gate Papaya Moisturizing Lotion.
Organic Fiji Body Lotions  (shop around for price).
Desert Essence Tea Tree Shampoo.
Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo.  Video about this shampoo.
Desert Essence Jojoba Shampoo.
Nature’s Gate Hemp Shampoo.
Nature’s Gate Chamomile Shampoo.
Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Almond Pure Castile Soap (DIY shampoo).
Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner.
Trader Joe’s Refresh Citrus Conditioner (for short hair, not the best detangler).
Nature’s Gate Chamomile Conditioner.
Nature’s Gate Hemp Conditioner.
Tom’s of Maine Soap bars.  (two-packs from Target)
Trader Joe’s Oatmeal Exfoliant Ginger Almond Soap bar.
Kiss My Face soap bar.  Not my fave, but vegan and good ratings on Skin Deep EWG.
Nubian Heritage Soaps.  Not all of them are vegan, please read my blog post on link.
Verve Soap bars by Whole Foods  (three packs).  Good price.
Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps.
Documentary:  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox
Toothpaste RDA (Abrasivity Chart) (with video)
Toothpaste, all non-fluoride:  Weleda  (the salt one is not vegan, supposedly)
Toothpaste for kids, Tom’s of Maine:  Outrageous Orange Mango, Silly Strawberry, Wicked Cool Mild Mint  (all with or without fluoride, check box carefully).  Some of the Tom’s non-fluorides are NOT vegan, so please check for propolis, a bee products.
Tom’s Cavity Protection Formula,  Peppermint Baking Soda w/ fluoride.  RDA 100-130.
Tom’s Wicked Fresh, Cool Peppermint or Spearmint Ice, w/fluoride.  RDA 100-130.
Colgate Total Toothpaste, Clean Mint.  I do NOT recommend any toothpaste that says “Tartar Control” or “Whitening.”  Notes that there are various Colgate Totals.  I do not know if Colgate Total Mint Stripe is too abrasive or not.  I do not know if Colgate Total Advanced Gum Defense is too abrasive or not either.  The plain Colgate Total Clean Mint says “Gently Cleans” on the label so I assume this is the one recommended in the video linked above.
Preserve Toothbrushes.
Hummus and Tabouleh from Lebanese Café in Annapolis.
Veg DC guide to vegan eats in Washington DC area, by districts.
Vegetarian Guide to Baltimore.
T-Shirt by C.O.K.  (soft, organic cotton)  Soft black.
No Poo method of washing your hair,  video.
Flax Seed Hair Gel,  video.
Flax Seed Hair Gel, featuring Black hair,  video.
Book/novel.  The Lonely Polygamist  by  Brady Udall.
Book/novel.  The 19th Wife  by  David Ebershoff.
Cookbook:  My Bread  by  Jim Lahey.
Recipe:  Roasted Cream of Tomato Soup.
Recipe:  Fried Green Tomatoes.
Recipe:  Timatar Ka.  Indian tomato salad.
Recipe:  Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes.
Recipes:  Vegan Cheese Ball.

Ep. 004 – Vegan Makeup Marathon


This is the Vegan Makeup Marathon.  However, we’re also going to talk about some of my favorite summertime recipes, and a couple of cookbooks.  I’ll tell you about the letter I wrote to my local newspaper, a fun, new vegan podcast, and some free vegan apps.  We’ll also talk about some great beach reads,  and some books for kids too.  All kinds of good stuff.  MAKEUP LISTED BELOW IS NOT IN ORDER OF MY FAVORITES, but they are all Thumbs Up.   For discussion of favorites and individual colors, please listen to the show.

Table of State Laws That Protect Animals in Parked Cars.
Humane Society Flyer:  Don’t Leave Your Pet In A Parked Car.
ASPCA Flyer:  Pets In Hot Cars
Companies That DO Test On Animals.   Companies That Do NOT Test On Animals.
The Body Shop vegan policy.    Animal Ingredients List.    Happy Cow Animal Ingredient List.    Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.    Buycott app.    Cruelty Free app.   Animal Free app.    Leaping Bunny Logo.    Peta Cruelty Free Logo  and  Cruelty Free And Vegan Logo.

BLUSH.  Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher –  832E and 833E.    e.l.f. Studio Blush – all colors.
BRUSHES.  e.l.f. brushes – Studio line only!     EcoTools Makeup Brushes.
FOUNDATIONS.    Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation.    Zuzu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation.    Zuzu Luxe Oil-Free Liquid Foundation.    Wet n Wild Ultimate Match Foundation SPF 15.    Wet n Wild Intuitive Blend Shade-Adjusting Foundation+Primer.    Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation.    e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation.
EYES.  Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow & Eye Liner – 650D-663C only!
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio – 331, 380B and 385B only!
Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara.
Wet n Wild Mega Volume Mascara.
Wet n Wild  Mega Plump Mascara.   Be careful, not all Wet n Wild products are vegan and some of their mascaras are not vegan.
LIPS.    Wet n Wild Color Icon Lip Pencils – 664C-666 only!
Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick – 505A-553B only!
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color – 900B-919B only!  Mega Last Liquid Lip Colors are not vegan.   e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color.
MISC.  e.l.f. Essential Shine Eraser.    Eye Makeup Remover = coconut oil!    e.l.f. Essential Eyeshadow Applicators.    e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder.
Crazy Rumors Lip Balm.
NAILS.  ZoyaNo MissWet n Wild Mega Last Nail Color.    Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail ColorZoya Remove Plus Nail Polish RemoverNo Miss Almost Natural Polish Remover.    Vegan Claws.     Vegan Claws Autumnal Manicure.

Wet n Wild Vegan List  (such as it is).  Please note that NOT all Wet n Wild products are vegan.

YOU TUBE:  Grace’s Most Used Vegan Products.    Make Your Own Makeup!
Raw Organic Makeup Tutorial.

BOOKS:   The Seal Wife  by  Kathryn Harrison.    Consumption  by  Kevin Patterson.
The Beginner’s Goodbye  by  Anne Tyler.    The Outside World  by  Tova Mirvis.
BOOKS FOR KIDS:   Unspoken  by  Henry Cole.  The Beetle Book  by  Steve Jenkins.
Stellaluna  by  Janell Cannon.


Tick Tock Organic Insect Repellent.    Tovolo Ice Pop Molds.

We talked about boycotting any events that exploit animals, such as Kentucky Derby parties, and I read the letter that I sent to my local newspaper on this subject.

We also talked about summertime recipes and cookbooks.  Grilled Portobello MushroomsBaked Corn On The CobGrilled Corn On The CobSuper Simple Raspberry Sorbet.

Mineral Fusion Vegan List as of June 18, 2013:  All  Pressed, Loose, and Sheer Tint Bases, Concealers, Mascaras, Eye Pencils, Shampoos and Conditioners Body Washes, and Blotting Papers.  Eye Shadows and Trios: Buff, Prism, Rare, Raw, Sultry, Imagine,  and Stunning.   Lip Gloss: Sheen, Captivate, Reflect, Enlighten, and Polished.   Lip Pencils: Burnish and Graceful.   Skin Care: Eye and Age-Defying Treatments, Renewing Facial Scrub,  Soothing Toner, Mattifying Oil-Control, Skin-Balancing, and SPF 40 Moisturizers, Intense Hydration Cream, and the SPF 30 Brush On Sun Defense.   Nail Polishes.   Please note that not all MF products are vegan!

Ep. 003 – Vegan Gardening


Welcome to the Peaceful Table Podcast, Episode Three, the Vegan Gardening Episode.  Here are some of the things we discussed:

Natural Landscaping by Sally Roth.   Peterson First Guides Caterpillars.
The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher.   Bluestone Perennials.
Peaceful Valley Farm SupplyVegan Mix fertilizer.    PVFS Premium Soil Builder Mix cool weather cover crop seeds  with Garden Combination Mix Inoculant powderDocumentary film Vanishing Of The Bees.  The children’s book Stellaluna.
We wondered if Bee Movie is a good film for vegan kids.
Bat RehabilitatorsBat Boxes.
The bat guano section of the book 1493  by  Charles C. Mann.
Request For Exemption From Adult Mosquito Control Services form.
Pesticide Sensitive Individual Notification Program form.
Youtube:  The Beauty of Pollination.
Youtube:  Lil’ Drac baby vampire bat who rocks himself to sleep every night.
The Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler.
A cancer study that shows that vegan blood fights cancer 8 times better than the blood of non-vegans.  The classic cookbook Veganomicon and various recipes I’ve made from it.   Here’s a link to photos of my garden and some of the plants we talked about.

Ep. 002 – Vegan Travel


Welcome to Episode 002 of the Peaceful Table Podcast, the Vegan Travel Show.  We discuss our recent road trip from Maryland to New Hampshire, to visit my family, strategies for vegan travel, recipes that travel well, and traveling with dog(s).  Commentary on the iconic vegan restaurants, bakeries and cafes along the way.  Other topics include getting organized in the pantry, the reality film Forks Over Knives, Pinterest, one of my new favorite cookbooks, Beyond Meat vegan chicken, a little bit of fiction, and some upcoming vegfests in Delaware.IMG_9704  As promised, here’s a photo of Ipo on the hotel sofa.

IMG_9794  Quart size canning jar with homemade label just under screw ring.  It helps to have a wide-mouth funnel for pouring flour, etc.

IMG_9790  Ball Blue Canning Jars with Zinc Lids.

Reality film/documentary:  Forks Over Knives.   Pinterest as a vegan recipe and information resource.   Talbot Humane.   The Dog Whisperer TV show with Cesar Milan.   Easy Walk Harness.  These harnesses can be found at pet stores and on amazon.com.   I recommended NOT buying greeting cards with photos of animals on them, to avoid animal exploitation.   Happy Cow as a travel tool.   Use the word “vegan” in searches or reviews on Trip Advisor.   Things to bring on a road  trip include:  dish soap in a small travel bottle, a small paring knife, cooler(s), icy bottles, jugs of drinking water, BPA-free water bottles, pre-measured laundry soap, dryer sheets, Trader Joe’s Go Raw Trek Mix, Twinings Oolong Tea, chamomile tea, your own pillows, granola bars, granola, and plant milks.   Our stops included Vegan Treats BakeryVeggie Heaven, X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery,  and Cafe Indigo.  Other places we like to go are Mapletree Farm, and Susty’s Vegan Cafe.

We used a GPS to locate rest stops.  On our old Garmin GPS, the commands are Where To, Points of Interest, Auto Services, and Rest Area or Tourist Info.

The highlighted recipe is a vegan chicken salad, using Beyond Meat vegan chicken, and here is a photo.IMG_9774

We discussed various vegan travel recipes, which are recipes with only a few ingredients, and/or recipes where you can throw all the dry ingredients in a container (don’t forget to bring the recipe itself) and pack it in your suitcase, and then just obtain one or two common/additional ingredients when you get to your destination.  We also discussed some recipes for Spring.

Upcoming events include Rehoboth Beach VegFest,  and  VegFest 2013 in Newark, Delaware.  Our highlighted cookbook this month is The 30-Minutes Vegan’s Taste of The East  by  Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray.  My fiction recommendation is Ten White Geese  by  Gerbrand Bakker.  Here’s a youtube video to cure BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo).  And here’s Alexander The Flirtatious Cow.

Ep. 001 – Vegan Survival Kit


Welcome to Episode One of the Peaceful Table Podcast.
In this episode we discuss:
products to ease the transition to a vegan diet;
fast vegan meals to get on the table;
creating a sense of vegan community;
tuning out negative propaganda;
reference web sites;
Trader Joe’s;
my favorite podcasts;
one of my vegan cookbooks;
and recipes on the Peaceful Table blog.


Boca Crumbles.  To replace ground meat in any dish. West Soy Unsweetened Organic Plain Soy Milk. Pacific Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk. Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread.  Vegan butter that tastes just like cow butter. Earth Balance Buttery Sticks.  For baking. Spectrum Shortening.  Non-hydrogenated, organic and free of trans fats! Vegenaise.  Delicious vegan mayonnaise. Butler Soy Curls.  Replaces chicken in any dish. Beyond Meat.  This is becoming more available all the time.  If you don’t see it in the chiller, ask at the deli counter of stores like Whole Foods. Gardein Beefless Burgers. Daiya Cheese.  My new favorite is the Jack cheese for slicing and adding to sandwiches. Tofutti Cream Cheese.  Make sure to ask for the non-hydrogenated plain one. Tofutti Sour Cream.   Make sure to ask for the non-hydrogenated one in the blue container. Trader Joe’s.  Here’s the category of Trader Joe’s items on Peaceful Table.  Also, Trader Joe’s has an online list, and a PDF list too. Get to know the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.  Here’s a newer list from a second source that would be easy to cut out and put in your wallet. Realize the old Food Pyramid is corrupt, funded by meat and dairy industries, and look to a better Food Pyramid. Answer your health concerns on objective sites like Nutrition Facts, and click on topics such as Calcium and Protein and hundreds of other topics!.  Watch one a day, or one a week, but get there, get the truth and get informed. Here’s another great resource for any health and diet questions:  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Accidentally Vegan Food List.  A list of many store-bought, accidentally-vegan products. Check out the Kids Category on Peaceful Table. Listen to vegan podcasts, such as Vegetarian Food For ThoughtOur Hen HouseRed RadioBig Fat Vegan Radio, etc. Get a subscription to VegNews magazine, or read it through your library. Get vegan cookbooks through your library. For eating out, use web sites like Happy Cow,  and  Vegan Eating Out. Make some vegan treats, like Oatmeal Cookies or Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies. Use the Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet to veganize your old favorite recipes. Learn about egg substitutes such as bananas, flax meal, and Ener-G Egg Replacer. Check out recipe sites like VegWeb and remember that there are almost 1600 vegan recipes on Epicurious.com.  Even sites like allrecipes.com have over 1200 vegan recipes, including videos! Check out vegan cooking videos on itunes and youtube, such as Everyday Dish TV, and Delicious TV VegEZ. Eventually tune out negative media that glorifies violence against animals and pushes food that makes people and the planet sick.  This would include things like the Martha Stewart show and magazines, the Splendid Table podcast, and shows like Top Chef, etc. The highlighted cookbook is Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. The highlighted recipes were Curried Chickpea Cakes  and  the Skinny Bitch Macaroni and Cheese. I also recommended reading Skinny Bitch (for women) and Skinny Bastard (for Men).