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Be our vegan valentine!

By Ann on February 2nd, 2015 in Blog, Gluten-free, Lifestyle, Vegan

 Vegan Valentine:  The Language of Love of Plant-Based Baking  Valentine’s Day is a special day and like most special days we want to remember them  fondly. Our senses play a huge role in our memories and what better way to stimulate  those senses and memories then with exceptional food.  When we enjoy an experience,  such […]

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Live a big life!

By Ann on January 13th, 2015 in Blog, Lifestyle, Vegan, Vegetarian

As a young woman, Michio Kushi inspired me to live a big life. I look back now with experience and wisdom and realize how fortunate I was to be in the presence of a master. Living in New York City, I was ready to take the big apple in one bite. I ate my way […]

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RFD Celebrates National Farmers’ Market Week

  Photography by Culinary Director, Chef Tara Punzone  This week, August 3rd-9th, 2014 is declared as National Farmers Market Week. This official proclamation by the USDA, signed by Secretary Vilsack, marks the 15th Annual National Farmers’ Market Week – allowing us to take a moment out of our busy lives to recognize the importance of […]

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RFD and Muir Ranch’s Mud Baron Collaborate

I’m honored to say that I’ve been asked to sponsor the talented Mr. Mud Baron’s “Garden Chic” Farm-to-Table Dinner at Muir Ranch this Saturday night. Held in the organic garden of John Muir High School in Pasadena, the event will be catered by my restaurant, Real Food Daily, using some of the fresh organic produce […]

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January 2014: Pledge to Eat Vegan for 14 Days and Cleanse….at RFD

By Ann on January 10th, 2014 in Articles, Blog, Gluten-free, Lifestyle, Organic, Uncategorized, Vegan

                  With the New Year comes new goals and taking the time to recharge.  I like to reset, emotionally and spiritually by cleansing in various ways.  From altering the Feng Shui of my physical space to reading an uplifting message in my new favorite novel – it’s […]

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World Vegetarian Day 2013—Unprocessed for a Healthy You

By Ann on October 5th, 2013 in Blog, Lifestyle, Vegan, Vegetarian

This past Tuesday, October 1st was World Vegetarian Day. To honor the day, aware individuals made a conscious decision to eat a meat-free day. I have friends who participated in this movement and, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, by just not eating meat for one day they saved driving 1,160 […]

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My Favorite Cookbooks of 2011, mostly vegan and then some

By Ann on December 16th, 2011 in Blog, Green Food Movement, Lifestyle, Organic, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

This was an exceptional year for cookbooks focused on healthy eating and living. My latest cookbook, Vegan Family Meals, Real Food for Everyone has made several Favorite Cookbook Lists.

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Roasted Vegetables Recipe: Japanese Sweet Potatoes

By Ann on December 6th, 2011 in Blog, Lifestyle, Organic, Recipes, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

Reading Lisa See’s books, Snow Flower and The Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy lured me to Japanese Sweet Potatoes.
I have been roasting, eating and enjoying these soft sweet potatoes ever since.

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Thanksgiving for Seven Billion

By Ann on November 29th, 2011 in Blog, Green Food Movement, Lifestyle, Organic, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

Being a restaurateur and a mother, I spend a lot of time thinking about food and how to feed both my customers and my family. When I think about how to feed the world, it seems logical that a plant-based diet is the solution.

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Last Minute Winter Squash Recipes For Holiday Cooking

By Ann on November 22nd, 2011 in Blog, Gluten-free, Kids, Lifestyle, Organic, Recipes, Sustainability, Vegan, Vegetarian

When I do my own personal food shopping at my local natural foods store or farmer’s market, it’s inevitable that while I am in the produce section or piling sweet dumpling squashes into my shopping bags, I am often stopped my fellow shoppers with looks of bewilderment.

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