Author: Kitchen Shaman

Cooking up a Storm:  BBQ Mushrooms

Here's another of the videos of the food I've been cooking for the Spouse and family. In this one I'm making one of our favorite dinners: BBQ mushrooms and caramelized peppers and onions with vegan mashed potatoes. Every time I make this food it's usually gone within a day or two. You might be able to see why when watching the video. So tasty.

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Cooking up a Storm: Onion Pakoras

Now that I'm cooking on a regular basis, I'm capturing some of the action with my smartphone and posting these quick video updates on Facebook. Not to leave you out of the loop, I'll also be sharing them here on the blog.

In this video below I'm cooking onion pakoras, a tasty snack from India.

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An Update from the Heartland

There have been big changes in my life over the last several months. The biggest: the Kitchen Shaman has relocated. After our road trip in late July, where I cooked up a storm at VeggieFest Chicago, we decided to pull up stakes in Arizona and move to the Midwest.

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Vegans on YouTube (Besides Me!)

When I watch YouTube, it is usually vegan food videos. Early on I was looking for ideas of what to cook for dinner. Now, it’s about staying informed and getting a little entertainment. That Big Food channel still hasn’t created a vegan cooking show, let alone hired a vegan chef. That leaves YouTube to pick up the slack – and it has done so with a vengeance.

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World Vegan Month 2016

Did you know that it’s World Vegan Month? World Vegan Day was celebrated on November 1st. I was busy making a vegetable barley soup and cooking portabella mushroom steaks. World Vegan Month was started to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society.

In the last several years there has been an explosion of popularity of veganism. Medical reports continue to prove that eating a plant based diet can actually save your life. Veganism is starting to fight back against the dairy and meat industries.

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Festival Fun at VeggieFest Chicago

Recently I traveled almost 4,000 miles to participate in VeggieFest 2016 in Chicago, which is one of the largest and oldest vegetarian festivals here in the states. My spouse and I drove across the country so I could split open a watermelon and talk about chilies and tofu.

The festival itself was wonderful with so many like-minded people gathered together and the demos went off well. I did Watermelon Three Ways and Red Chili Tofu Taco Salad. You can watch the full watermelon demo in the video below.

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Tasting Vegan Cheesecake

We are raised on foods with rich, creamy bases. Letting go of these foods is hard for most of us. When going vegan we want to re-create the flavors we've learned to love. What would two professional cooks think of a vegan cheesecake -- esp. when one is a bacon-loving non-vegan?

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See Kitchen Shaman at VeggieFest 2016

Kitchen Shaman is hitting the road again in July. Destination: VeggieFest 2016. Held outside Chicago, IL, it is one of the largest vegetarian festivals in North American. Chef Johnna will be presenting two demos at this event, so if you’re in the area, please consider stopping by – admission is free!

veggiefest_chicagoLast year over 30,000 people attended this monster festival celebrating vegetarian, vegan, and raw food. In addition to demos by over a dozen chefs, coaches, cookbook authors, and brand representatives from Whole Foods and Nature’s Path, there will be nearly thirty presentations on vegetarianism, veganism, spirituality, wellness, nutrition, and health.

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