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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Newsletters - Fall 2004 Issue

Veggie Buddies Meet & Eat

In May, MHVS members Constance Young, Judi Gelardi, and Ann Rader met at the lakeside home of Colette Watz in Pine Plains for a veggie buddy cook-out. “Together we laughed, cooked and ate,” said Constance.  Colette added “Our vegan cooking experience was wonderful. We had a lot of fun cooking and chatting. The recipe for the walnut loaf was delicious. I can't wait to do it again.”

The group made eight walnut loaves. Here is the recipe.

Walnut Loaf

From the video "Michel's Vegetarian Kitchen," produced by Constance Young

This “meaty” loaf can be served cold or hot, with or without a wine or mushroom gravy. Leftovers can be used in sandwiches or as an appetizer.  Makes a great company or holiday dinner. (Your carnivore friends will love it and no animals need be sacrificed to produce it.)

1. Grind in blender or food processor (small amounts at a time):

            1 lb. Shelled walnuts

            1 lb. Whole wheat or other whole grain bread

2. Thoroughly mix ground nuts and bread crumbs in large bowl.

3. Sauté in a large skillet over moderate heat, until vegetables are transparent:

            3 Tbsp. olive oil

            2 Tbsp. minced garlic

            2 large onions, chopped

            stalk celery, chopped (optional)

4. Add:

            1 cup well-drained Italian peeled tomatoes, chopped

            3/4 cup ketchup

            1 package onion soup mix

            bunch parsley, finely chopped

            1 Tbsp. basil

            1 tsp. cumin

            2 Tbsp. poultry seasoning

            1 Tbsp. vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce (without anchovies)

            1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

5. Mix all ingredients together. Add to walnut mix in bowl and mix well, kneading into solid loaf.

6. Pack mixture firmly into a well-oiled loaf pan and smooth out top.

7. Cover pan with foil. (May be prepared to this point 24-hours in advance, and refrigerated before baking.)

8. Place loaf pan in a larger baking pan filled with about 1-1/2 inches of hot water. Bake for 1-1/2 hours in a 375o preheated oven.

9. Remove foil and bake for another 1/2 hour.

10. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes on a rack before unmolding. (To do this, slide a knife around the loaf to loosen. Lay a serving plate on top of the pan and invert.) Baked loaf can be refrigerated overnight and reheated for about 1/2 hour before serving. Garnish with walnuts and parsley.

Introducing Veggie Buddies

Are You...

•  Veg curious?

 Wondering about the potential benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet

•  A New Vegetarian? 

In transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, but looking for some practical help

•  A Vegetarian’s Parent?

A child or other family member is interested in being vegetarian & you need to know more

•  A Voice in the Wilderness?

The only vegetarian you know is yourself and you sure could use some company

Try Veggie Buddies

We’ll hook you up with a seasoned Buddy to accompany you on your vegetarian journey. You’ll be matched with a Buddy in your area who can help you with learning the issues that compel people to choose a vegetarian lifestyle, recommend books, share recipes and explore restaurants and convenience food options.

Experienced vegans are also needed to help with new Veggie Buddies. The commitment is minimal, just a little time once in a while to guide and advise a new, or potential, vegetarian in exploring the compassionate, healthful lifestyle you already know.

To get involved in the project, call 845•876•2626, email VeggieBuddies@mhvs.org   or join the listserve by sending a blank email to veggiebuddies-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

We look forward to hearing from you

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