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Archive for February, 2009

School’s In!!!

I must apologize for the lack of posts as of late. School just started back up so I’m in the midst of getting ready for a show. Not only that, but I got a brand new laptop and figuring it out hasn’t been too difficult. But it hasn’t been too easy either. I’ll get to that in a minute though…

But back to school. I can’t say I’ve planned my meals well. Still as vegan as ever. But for the past couple weeks I’ve had to rely on either dining out or getting something from the vegan food sections at the supermarkets (which aren’t very clearly marked everywhere …but kudos to Super G! They have a very well-stocked section in each of their markets that I frequent). Here’s what I found:

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Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers-I can’t say anything about how they are with heart health. But I really enjoyed the taste of the curry flavored and the tex burgers. I added some of the tahini spread from Vegan with a Vengeance on one and it was so good I almost slapped my mama!

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Dr. McDougall’s Soups– Okay. You can have these. I tried the Miso soup and the Pad Thai soup as well. In my very humble opinion, they sucked. I still have a Tortilla soup left that I’m actually afraid to even try! Pray for me.

Anyway, along with some veggies and the occasional bean dish, the veggie burgers have pretty much kept me alive.

Now about that new laptop…If you’re an art student or know someone who is, then you know the art world is in love with all things Apple. I have yet to find someone in our entire art program at my school that doesn’t own a Mac. And our library is full of the things that I’m beginning to think, it might not be restricted to the art program either….I avoided Mac’s very purposefully back in the day. Only the dang things still didn’t go away. Then an iPod entered my life. I felt like a traitor. But I sure was a happy one! The biggest blow, however, came earlier this month. First year MFA’s had to give presentations for our “constellation” of artists. All the ones done on Mac’s seemed so much more professionally done that I had to admit, I was more than a little envious. I trucked to the nearest Apple Store with my education discount and got one of those babies. I don’t know if I just didn’t know how to use PC to its fullest potential or what with visual media. I just know once I got the Macbook Pro, it was a cinch figuring out how to make a slide presentation rock! Keynote is a godsend! Still, there are some very clear differences between a Mac and PC laptop. They just think differently. Anyway, since I got it a few weeks ago, I have been trying to make the switch to Mac from being a hardcore PC user. But, you know what they say. If you can’t beat ’em…I’m trying to figure out if I’m going to keep the Compaq laptop (which I still do like) or if I’m going to sell it to offset some of the cost of this Macbook Pro. Jury’s still out on that one. But, I’m using the Macbook Pro almost exclusively until I figure out the dang thing. That’s my punishment for waiting so long I guess…

Sorry for the lack of pictures but I just got a mobile broadband plan too from Verizon. The 5GB per month plan (or as I call it-the “unlimited” limited plan). Until I find out how much it costs for me to upload those suckers, I’ll have to be a little bit stingy with those, lol.

Here’s to good living on a budget!

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Burger Queen

Before trying to get my health back and before going vegan, I was a fast food junkie. My favorite burgers were from Burger King…Favorite fries were McDonald’s…favorite nuggets were Wendy’s on the cheap and Chic Fil A when I had some extra cha-ching. Today, I had mad cravings for some fast food. Just a burger and a fry fix. So, being the greenie behind the ears that I am, I got a cookbook.

The closest I got to a burger was a black bean burger and roasted potatoes. The black bean burger comes from The Student Go Vegan book. I wanted to try the one from Veganomicon but I didn’t have the vital wheat gluten. This one, oddly enough, called for rolled oats, which I did have. Plus, it’s topped with the sweet corn relish! That stuff is just the most amazing topping…sigh. The roasted potatoes I remembered from somewhere. This time I added some malt vinegar and ketchup to my roasted potatoes though like I used to get at Surf Side Fries-and lunch was heaven! Although not fast by any stretch of the imagination…kind of like a fast food drive thru actually. At least this time I didn’t waste a tank of gas.

When I am able to post pics again I’ll update. Bye for now!