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Dr. Eva-Maria Simms: Under International Law, Children Have The Right To Be With Their Families

Over the past weeks, we have seen horrific pictures of children separated from their parents and detained in tents and holding pens. Politicians justify this by claiming that they are enforcing … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

These fat-free, gluten-free macaroons are pure magic and delicious.  Try out the aquafaba – you won’t miss the egg whites at all.   Ingredients Aquafaba* from 1 can of organic … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

The marriage-bed is the center of happiness
a point from which all things ripple outward,
a nest from which all things learn to fly.

April 22, 2018 · 4 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Parsnip and Apple Soup

This lovely, creamy soup is very soothing and has a great delicate flavor. It’s texture is enhanced by a sprinkling of deep fried parsnip shreds. YIELD:  Makes about 6 cups … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 8 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 8 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Eva’s Garden Angel Scones

I never liked the fuss of making biscuits – all the little bits and pieces that were leftover when cutting out the biscuits seemed such a waste, and the miser … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: To be lovestruck, not colorblind

In his Foreword to Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Cornel West challenges the idea of colorblindness as the driving force for … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: The Playbook of Dictatorship

What Americans have to be Vigilant About My family endured the Nazi years in Germany. My grandfather was an entrepreneur in the publishing business, and he was very aware of … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 7 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Angel Biscuits

On my bookshelf in the kitchen I have a folder that contains recipes I have collected over the past 40 years. I started when I was 17, asking the old … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Summer Country Scones

I come from a long line of women who were excellent home bakers, and my challenge these days is to continue this tradition with vegan ingredients. One of my all-time … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Chickpea and pickled zucchini salad

How do you give some love to legumes when you are as bean-challenged as I am? It’s a real problem for vegans, since beans are one of our key food … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Beet greens and black-eyed peas with strawberry vinegar

When you roast or pickle beet roots, what do you do with the wonderful beet greens? Mix them with black-eyed peas for a satisfying, phytonutrient- and protein-rich side dish that … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Pirate Sauce

Vegans crave savory, satisfying dishes that have the same fullness of flavor and texture that dishes cooked with meat provide. As children, we loved our mothers’ spaghetti and meat sauce … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Muesli — a recipe that saved my life

This muesli recipe was given to me by a fellow hippie at the University of Marburg in 1978 and has metamorphosed over the years. It helped me survive my student … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

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