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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Recipe newsletters

I was just looking at my inbox, noticing that about half of the interesting mail I get every day is recipe newletters. The titles below show up daily or weekly.

Vegetarian Times (, "Vegan Recipe of the Week," "Vegetarian Recipe of the Week," "Low-fat Recipe of the Week," and "Dairy-free Recipe of the Week." Nicely designed HTML newsletters with one recipe in each. Today my vegan recipe of the week was "Potato, Pea, and Couscous Hash," an easy-looking, one-skillet dish flavored with olive oil, garlic, tomato, paprika, parsley, and salt. What's with recipes calling for one clove of garlic, anyway? I put at least two cloves of garlic in my morning Panda Puffs cereal. Which may be why I always get a seat on the bus. Ba-dump-bump.

Chet Day's Dayzines (, "Healthy Vegetarian Recipes" and "Healthy Crock Pot Recipes," weekly. All right, these are pretty cheesy (Cheezly?), text-only newsletters with a pretty heavy emphasis on supplement and diet ads. Still, Chet's crew serves up an interesting recipe once in a while. The crock pot ones aren't vegetarian, and the vegetarian ones aren't vegan, but it never hurts to get new cooking ideas -- and it turns out I can lose 10 pounds a week by eating only moss.

Better Homes and Gardens (hey, shut up!) Daily Recipe (, signup box in lower right), "Daily Recipe," "Weekly Recipe," and "Healthy Eating." Again, not vegan. Sometimes vegetarian, but usually not. Attractive newsletters, each with multiple recipes and recipe ideas. One of their hallmarks is the bunch-o'-pages recipe collection, usually with names like "20-minute Fall Dinners" (9 recipes) or "Irresistible and Easy Pizza Ideas" (22 recipes). For our purposes, should we decide we don't want to adapt meaty recipes (very much), they have collections like "Slow Cooker Vegetarian Favorites" (10 recipes) and "Anytime Vegetarian Suppers" (23 recipes), many of which seem to lean heavily on the inexpensive, moo-juice-derived cheese and butter. Still, armed with only a tub of Earth Balance, it's easy to adapt this simple, intriguing "Onions with Pasta Nests" recipe (which seems like it's absolutely gasping for the addition of some garlic and herbs). And I just picked up a bunch of Walla Walla onions, too.

Allrecipes (, "Recipe Notes," "What's Cooking," "Daily Dish," "Healthy Bites," weekly or daily. Not vegan, but, again, good ideas. Usually a half-dozen or so recipes from their archives, which I think are user-generated. I like Allrecipes because the dishes are rated, 1-5, by people who have (presumably and hopefully) cooked them. It's hard to tell how something is going to turn out just by looking at the ingredients and method, so I'm happy to have others do the guinea pigging for me.

That's my idea-sparking list. Whadya got? Please post suggestions in comments.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Dave, what a great list! I never checked into seeing if any of the vegan sites have email lists. Anyone else?

    You're right about sometimes you get some interesting recipes coming through from non-veg sources. At work I get a Mayo Clinic newsletter that always includes a healthy recipe. Sometimes it something like grilled prawns, but sometimes vegan, or easily veganized recipes show up (e.g., sub soy yogurt, egg replacer, soy/hemp/rice milk, etc.)