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In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I am stealing the link off of a friend to this fun Texas Monthly recipe blog.  Thanks, Anna!

http://www.texasmonthly.com: Sweet Texas Heat. Photograph by Adam Voorhes

There is some debate as to how “authentic” Cinco de Mayo is.  Truth be known, it is much more celebrated in the US than in the homeland (much like St. Patty’s Day).  However, the Battle of Puebla was real, the victory over the French was real, and I don’t see a reason to boycott it just because Chicanos & Friends generally have a little more fun with it than folks actually residing in Mexico.  As a Chicana, I am happy to link over to this fun jalapeño-infused tequila drink recipe for today’s celebration!  There are also a number of Margarita recipes if you’re not feeling that frisky.  Click here to access the Texas Monthly recipe blog.

Viva La Raza!

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When I made my third, and last, attempt to go vegetarian, I was living in one of the most difficult places in the world to try this–Armenia.  Things have changed a bit since I lived there, but at that time it was very difficult to keep to a vegetarian diet, especially when the local cuisine is based on meat, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and more meat.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, fruits and other produce in the summertime did help, but the winter was brutal for anyone even thinking of foregoing meat.

In fact, I did such a poor job that I had to occasionally allow myself some fish just to keep myself from keeling over.  My skin turned gray, my hair went brittle, I gained weight from all of the carbs I was eating to feel full.  I clearly did not know what I was doing.  I literally dreamt of meat-filled banquet tables.  I remember waking up one morning, salivating, thinking I had bitten into a chicken leg.  It’s true.  Suffice it to say, this did not work out for me.  After seven months of trying, I gave up.

While I still don’t cook very much with meat at home, I definitely don’t turn it down as a guest in others’ homes, and I do order meat at restaurants.  Of course, even if everything I buy at home is ecologically and ethically acceptable, all bets are off when I am eating elsewhere.  Who knows what’s in that burger?  Do we know if those eggs are from open range chickens fed 100% grains?  I’m still trying to reconcile this for myself, but the truth of the matter is I know that I cannot live completely without meat.  I just minimize where I can.  It’s difficult, because as you may be able to tell, I’ll eat almost anything.  Maybe someday I’ll give it another go, and see how far I get.  It will have to be in a country with ample alternatives to meat.

In the meantime, I do enjoy increasing my knowledge of the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.  There are plenty of meatless, fishless, eggless, dairyless dishes that I enjoy, and having more recipes under my belt is never a bad thing.  Even if we take small steps at a time, we can make an impact on our health, on the environment, and on the state of animal welfare.  I will expand this discussion of why people go vegetarian and vegan in a later post, and I invite my friends who follow these diets to chime in.  For now, I want to share the Google Books preview of Vegan World Fusion Cuisine, which contains tons of great-looking recipes without any animal products whatsoever, ranging from easy to a bit more sophisticated cooking and preparation methods.  I will eventually attempt some of these recipes myself, but if anyone reading this beats me to it, by all means please write in and share the results!  Click here to see the preview of the book.

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I just found a great recipe blog from a woman based in Riyadh, she makes some delicious looking couscous and biryani.  She also throws in Tiramisu and Martha Stewart chocolate cookies for good measure. Great photos too!

http://uk4dz.wordpress.com/

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