Slow-Cooked Hoppin’ John PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Hartman   
Friday, 07 January 2011 07:39
Hoppin’ John is a Southern New Year’s tradition, bringing good luck in the new year. This slow-cooked vegan version provides all the delicious traditional taste (and good fortune) without the meat.

In addition to a crockpot, you’ll need:
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
3 cups cooked black-eyed peas (or two cans, rinsed and drained – but if using canned black-eyes peas check the ingredients since some brands add meat flavor to the beans)
14.5 oz (one can) diced tomatoes, drained
4 oz (one can) diced green chiles, drained
1 cup vegetable stock, plus about ½ cup for the textured vegetable protein (below)
3/4 cup textured vegetable protein, soaked in about ½ cup vegetable stock to soften.
3 ...
Mt. Marathon Club to Ring in New Year With One-Mile Run PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mountain Maryland Marathon Club   
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 21:37

The Great Allegheny Passage at the Cash Valley trailhead is free of snow and  ice and the forecast is nearly perfect for the first New Year's Eve midnight resolution  run, a 1-mile jaunt from the Brush Tunnel downhill to the trailhead.

An overnight low of 35 degrees is expected Friday night into Saturday - mostly clear with  only a very small chance of precipitation. As the trail winds northwest toward Mount  Savage and Frostburg, the crushed limestone surface is hidden under a layer of snow and ice.

However, the 1-mile section to be used Friday night and Saturday morning are in near-perfect condition, according to a handful of area runners who took to the course Tuesday afternoon.

Entry fees for the low-key run are just $3 for children 12-and-under and $5 for ...

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (A Vegan Cooking Guide) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Hartman   
Sunday, 19 December 2010 11:52
I remember the first time I brought one home for the holidays. The looks of curiosity. The poking. The prodding.

"He's a what now?" my grandma asked.
"A vegan." I replied.
"A vee-gun?" she asked?
"How is that different from you?" (at this point in time I was a vegetarian).
"Basically like me, but going further - nothing that came out of an animal either. No milk. No eggs. No honey."

And that was pretty much the end of the conversation. Well, other than the fact that shortly thereafter I went vegan, and for the past 10 years have endured a family member thinking it's hilarious to offer me a slice of turkey every Thanksgiving.

But before this column turns into a rant about my family of origin, let me get back to the point. Being told there's a vegetarian coming to dinner ...
Holiday Stress and How to Relieve It PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Sarles   
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 11:33

It is not uncommon for stress levels to rise during the holiday season. With the close of the fall semester, fewer hours of daylight, and all of the added work that the holiday season brings, many of us begin to feel zapped of energy, lethargic, and full of angst. Often these feelings are enough to push us over the edge. We should be feeling joyous this season, right? Shouldn’t we feel more joyous at this time of the year?

The causes of increased stress are many and our body’s reaction to these increased demands can be damaging to our health and well being. It is difficult to meet the demands of holiday tasks such as shopping, the preparation of meals, dressing the house, and preparing for either travel or house guests. Calm and ease seem to be in short supply and we are ...

Life Fitness Hosting "Friday after Black Friday" Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtesy, Allegany Arts Council   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 09:18
Life Fitness Management invites you to join them for their "Friday After Black Friday" annual open house to celebrate area farmers, artisans and artists. The event will be held Friday, December 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1226 National Highway, LaVale Maryland (across from Burton's Plaza). Life Fitness Management hosts local farmers, bakers, cheese makers, artists and craftspeople  to exhibit and offer for sale their locally produced food and original artwork.  The weekend kicks off Friday evening with a beer and wine social and the artist  showcase continues through Saturday afternoon. For additional information call 301-729-2275.

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