Vegan WrestleMania XXX Menu

menuFull disclosure: I’m not watching WrestleMania this year. Long-time Bake and Destroy readers probably get it – but for anyone who is new to the site, CM Punk is a dear friend of mine. For that reason, and also because I would rather watch my dog eat a used tampon than pay money to see the shitshow that is Randy Orton vs Batista, I am not watching. Am I stoked that Daniel Bryan could be in the main event? Uh, kinda. Daniel Bryan rules, don’t get me wrong… under different circumstances I would love to see him wrestle for the title in the biggest match of the night. I’m not going to get into wrestling politics here, this is a place for fun and food. Just know, as someone close to Punk, I don’t think he was treated fairly, and I support his decision to leave.

Now that that’s out of the way… let’s eat! OK so every year before WrestleMania I get a lot of requests for snack ideas and I usually ignore them because I’m lazy and kind of an asshole. But this year my friend, former editor of Wrestling’s Main Event and SugarSlam judge, Mike Edison asked me to call in to his show, Arts & Seizures this WrestleMania Sunday to talk snacks – so how could I say no?

First of all, I recommend checking out SugarSlam competitions throughout the years for inspiration that will last you for several year’s worth of ‘Manias. It’s a rabbit hole of weirdness and glory, but you won’t falling down it.

As for my vegan, WrestleMania-approved dishes, I point you to a few recipes I am personally responsible for putting on this Earth. Click the images to get to the recipes, dummy:



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Of course, any dish instantly becomes a WrestleMania dish if you, oh, I don’t know… make it and then eat it while you watch WrestleMania. So click the recipe tab at the top of this site and start building your own ‘Mania menu!

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Caught in a Nosh: 125 Vegan Kosher Recipes

noshcover3I am beyond stoked to announce the upcoming release of my second cookbook, Caught in a Nosh: 125 Kosher Recipes – featuring a foreword written by the one and only Colt Cabana! Since the release of my first book, Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans I have been potshki-ing around the kitchen developing vegan versions of everything from babka to vorschmack – that’s right, vegan vorschmack. They said it couldn’t be done, but I mother f’n did it. This book is packed with my signature shiksa spin on traditional Jewish recipes that so easy any schmuck could make them!

If you’ve made it this far – congrats – you read more than most people these days! I will reward you by admitting that this was, indeed, an April Fool’s joke and by giving you a chance to win a copy of my actual cookbook. Also, I am working on a second book that is not a hilarious joke and I’m psyched to tell you all the details as soon as I can!

Love fake books? Check out last year’s post when I announced another fake book release! PS I created this book cover using The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home.

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Vegan Vortex: March Menu

Vegan Vortex is back with a vengeance. Chicago’s only 100% vegan food and gift market comes at you every month from Paper Moon Pastry (3523 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647). This month we’re featuring a slew of new menu items, lots of new vendors, and special guest appearances by The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life author Melisser Elliot and author of Cheers to Vegan Sweets, Kelly Peloza! I will, of course, also be on hand with signed copies of my book!

Check out a sneak peek of the menu below, and “like” us on Facebook to keep up with all of our crazy nonsense. The market opens at 10am on March 29th & 30th, see you there!

 PMP menu

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Video: Earthlings

Today I am one of over 400 vegan and vegetarian bloggers posting the multi-award-winning 2005 documentary Earthings.

“Earthlings is a documentary about factory farming and mankind’s dependence on animals for food, clothing, entertainment and use in experimentation. With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animal shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, Earthlings uses hidden cameras and footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world which rely on animals for profit.”

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My Vegan Valentine: A Cruelty-Free Market

my vegan valentine

February 8th & 9th, 9am – 5pm

3523 W. Fullerton Ave Chicago, IL

My Vegan Valentine is hosted by Ana Katsenios, owner of Paper Moon Pastry and features cruelty-free confections from her kitchen, as well as sweet, savory, and even non-edible treats from other Chicago chefs and artists. 

I will be on hand with autographed copies of my cookbook Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans, and doing a BBQ jackfruit demo on Sunday at 4pm. We have lots of other special guests in the works including Betty Bot Bakery, Chicago Vegan Foods and items from Hell Razor Art, Betty Turbo & more!

Check out the Facebook event page for emerging details, volunteer to help here and donate to Ana’s fundraiser here.

Spread the word! See you there! <3

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