Save the Kales! Vegan TV Show: Behind-The-Scenes at Brad’s Raw Foods

We visited the wonderful folks at Brad’s Raw Foods Chip Factory, located just a short drive outside of the Lehigh Valley, PA. Some of the sweetheart ladies on his staff made this little behind-the-scenes video on our filming day:


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Save the Kales! relies on co-producers, camera crew and interns to make each show (a team that has grown over the year and they are my little TV show family!), and now you get to see what some of these guys look like. The Brad’s Raw Foods episode will be on television and online in March. Check it out!

 

 

 

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COLOR ME RAD 5K in Bethlehem, PA: Become a Human Tie-Dye Project

Update: See photos and a video of the event HERE! 

You know those daydreams where the world is magically splashed in hues of fushia and turquoise, and everyone is getting along and rooting for each other, and hugging and cheering, and you think, “Why can’t this be real life?”

It will be, and it’s happening in Bethlehem on May 19, 2013.

Watch and see what I mean:

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Worried that you’re not the fastest runner, or a runner at all? Don’t be. No one cares if you win, how fast (or slow) you are, if you’re wearing the coolest gear or what your body looks like. This is about getting active, being involved in a big community event, and feeling like an awesome Warhol-esque gazelle high-fiving the rest of the pack.

Truth: So many of my friends who’ve never run a day in their lives have already signed up for this. You’re not in competition, darlin’. 

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The Bethlehem Food Co-op put together a team, open to any and everyone who wants to join! Register under team name “The Co-Operators” and team captain last name “Marsh”.

If running really isn’t your thing, you can become a volunteer and sling beautiful pixie-dust (colored cornstarch, but we can dream) at the runners.

Hey, just register. You’ll be bummed the next day when everyone’s uploading photos of their crayon-colored selves to Facebook.

Register and Learn more HERE!

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“Belated Valentine: A Work in Progress” — a poem by Steve Marsh

The past several weeks have been the longest I’ve gone without blogging since the birth of this site. Now, the month of it’s third Birthday, I find myself in a new home with a new four-legged family member.

(When we first viewed this place, I found myself thinking, “I can write here.” A few weeks later we’re all moved in and I can’t seem to find enough notebooks and pens. Our environments can affect our creativity so deeply, yes?)

The moving process always feels so vulnerable. Your hands touch every. single. thing. you own, and that moment determining it’s value can feel equally oppressive and insignificant.

The best parts have been purging so much to make room for only what I really love and what supports my ideas of beauty and inspiration (I can’t even remember what I’ve gotten rid of), the paint samples and furniture arranging and lazy nights giddy to just stare at the walls and all the other joys of nesting, and uncovering so many beautiful things I forgot meant something to me once.

belated valentine by steve marsh

I can’t remember where I first found this poem, but I’m so happy I scribbled it down years ago, and happier to have found it just in time to share with you today. It’s a long one, but worth the read for those lines that punch you in the gut with their beauty. Happy Valentine’s Day. xo

Belated Valentine: A Work in Progress by Steve Marsh

I woke this morning with that shadow feeling I’d
been dreaming
significant dreams
strong and powerful,
richly full of meaning.
But I was unable to recall them no matter how
hard I tried.
Chasing them only makes it worse,
like groping for the other tennis shoe
lost under the bed
just beyond reach
closing my hand on something
to discover it is only
so much dust and dog hair.
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I closed my eyes,
breathed deeply,
and reached for that familiar place.
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But the Universe asked me a question:
Why do I continue to love you?
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And I began to answer immediately because
confidence is the feeling we have before we
understand the situation.
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Why in the face of all we have seen
and failed to see in each other
do we persevere?
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I begin to understand it is a matter of pride
and pride is, after all, what we have.
Vanity is what others have.
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So, in pride or vanity I offer:
I love you because I have
always loved you.
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And the Universe knows this is not the whole truth.
It knows it like it knows we can’t pray a lie.
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I try again.
I love you because of all we have been through together.
And the Universe does not like this cliche any better.
It asks, with all the Aristotelian logic it can muster:
Do you not manifest “all that you have been through together”?
The Universe knows and will not let me get away with half a truth.
We have been through “all that”
because we have put each other through “all that”.
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It asks another question:
How can you assert love after all you have seen?
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The helplessness after surgeries;
The weakness in the face of adversity;
The cowardice in the face of confrontation;
weight gain,
hair loss,
reduced libido,
nakedness at forty,
nakedness at fifty?
The knowledge that the final solution does not involve Bean-o.
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And I begin, in answer, to list the qualities I admire in you:
Tolerance,
Patience,
Trust,
Faithfulness,
Forgiveness.
But the Universe will not allow this equivocation either.
And because the Universe is a big believer in the Socratic Method,
it asks,
Why do I love my dog?
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I confess to perceiving a similar list.
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The Universe sends me the Spring songbirds
early
who sing, and feed,
who show me community in bright red colors
and high energy.
The birds know nothing of our sorrow.
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And the Universe asks again:
In the face of this sorrow, why do I continue to love you?
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It is not because Mothers are better than Fathers.
It is not because women are better than men.
It is not because teaching is better than poetry.
It is not because daughters are better than husbands.
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And slowly, the answer,
or rather the understanding that there is no
answer,
begins to reveal itself to me.
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There is no aetiology for love.
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I do not love you because
I do not love you in spite of
I do not love you since
I do not love you in so much as
I do not love you for the reason that
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There is no reason.
No logic,
no syllogistic proof.
It simply is.
I love you.
It comes about without cause.
And with luck it is returned
without cause.
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That is why love fits more aptly into poetry than paint.
It is not revealed to the mind through the eye.
It comes to the heart, through the nose and the fingertips.
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The old poet had it right.
“Do not go gentle…”
Even here in this moment of doubt
I do not give up,
I do not go gentle,
Down by two in the bottom of the ninth,
two out,
two on,
two strikes.
I will take one more goddamned pitch!
And even if I fail
we will play again tomorrow.
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The story of my life is told between parenthesis
which you open and you close.
And inside those parenthesis is one word.
It is (Hope).
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… Whether you’re in romantic love or in love with life or in love with your own heart, recognize how very special that is. Love is hard work (worth it). It’s there every moment, a small vibrational hum, the ambient sound of day-to-day life: we notice it when it’s gone. Don’t take it for granted.
With Love, on Valentine’s Day,
 Jaime K

HOT ROASTED CABBAGE WEDGE SALAD: Healthful Vegan Winter-Inspired Twist on a Wedge Salad

Here’s our latest video, produced exclusively for VegNews TV via Vegnews Magazine. I love those guys.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head of cabbage, cut into wedges through the core
  • 1 yam or sweet potato
  • 1 apple (honeycrisp is the BEST!)
  • olive oil
  • salt + pepper
DRESSING:
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (the real kind!)

TEMPEH BACON:

  • 1 block tempeh, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. tamari
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 liquid smoke
CANDIED SEEDS/NUTS:
  • vegan butter melted in a pan, about 2 Tbsp.
  • enough brown sugar to make a carmelized paste
  •  about 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (or nuts of choice)
  • a dash of allspice

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the cabbage wedges on the sheet, then lightly brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until starting to brown, about 25 minutes.

Cut the yam and apple into small dices. You can leave the peels on. Put them in a bowl with a small amount of olive oil to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and add it to the oven with the cabbage when you have 15 minutes left of cook time. (Both should get done at the same time.)

To make tempeh bacon, dd the tempeh to a shallow dish with a lid, and whisk all marinade ingredients together. Pour over the tempeh, and marinate in the fridge while veggies finished roasting (or overnight if you want to make this ahead of time.) When ready, pan fry until crispy.

For the candied seeds, melt the vegan butter in a pan on low heat. Add brown sugar and mix until it’s thick and caramelized. Add seeds and stir to coat – add more seeds if mixture is still really wet. Add a dash of allspice, and spread mixture out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper to cool.

To make the dressing, whisk the mustard, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup together in a small bowl.

When all components are ready, plate by putting the cabbage on the bottom then topped with the tempeh bacon, then the apple and yam mix. Finish by drizzling some dressing over the dish and top with the candied seeds.

Save the Kales! Vegan Cabbage Wedge Salad

There you go! This makes an awful lot of food, and would be a great addition to a Holiday meal or potluck. Enjoy!