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VSSJ DINNER at the BURLINGTON COUNTY COLLEGE CULINARY CENTER

VSSJ DINNER at the BURLINGTON COUNTY COLLEGE CULINARY CENTER

Monday April 6, 6pm
1 High St, Mt Holly NJ 08060
Join VSSJ for a special dinner, prepared by BCCCC culinary students!
Diners will have a choice of 5 appetizers, 5 entrees, and 2 or 3 desserts (all vegan).
Seating from 6pm to 6:45pm (please note that arrivals after 7pm may not be served).
Please contact us by 3/29 regarding gluten-free and other options.
Pre-payment is required by Sunday March 29.
VSSJ members:  $22; Non-members:  $25.  Please register at http://vssj.com.
For more info, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341). Tentative menu:

1st course-pick one

  • Carrot curry soup with tarragon oil
  • Gazpacho
  • Bibb and endive salad with tomato and green apple dressing
  • Wedge salad with pickled cucumbers and carrots; white balsamic vinaigrette
  • White bean dip with homemade pita

2nd course-pick one

  • Smoked portobello with quinoa and asparagus
  • Deep fried tofu with soba noodles and vegetables
  • Curried vegetables with basmati rice
  • Barley risotto with black beans, cilantro, jalapeno, lemon zest
  • 3 bean chili with vegan corn bread

3rd course-pick one

  • Fresh Berries with mint, vanilla simple syrup, lemon zest
  • Coffee granita
  • Canteloupe soup with lime zest

There are plenty of gluten free options!

Burlington County College Culinary Center, Intro

Meatless Monday Workshop: Sprouting 101

VSSJ has teamed up with Wholefoods Market in Marlton to offer fun and informative events for Meatless Mondays. Our next event is Monday August 15th at 7:00pm Discover the nutritional benefits of sprouting and learn this easy kitchen gardening technique that anyone can do. Sampling will be provided! Sign up at the Customer Service booth at Wholefoods, call 856.797.1115 or email: MarltonEvents@wholefoods.com
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Meatless Mondays at Wholefoods

The Vegetarian Society of South Jersey has teamed up with Wholefoods Market in Marlton, NJ for meatless Mondays. On Monday June 27th participants got to sample meat alternatives for the 4th of July -compliments of Wholefoods. Janet Erickson, President of VSSJ presented an informative talk on the benefits of a vegetarian diet (other than health). Participants received lots of great handouts to read at home and a lot to think about concerning their food choices. Below is info on upcoming workshops.

Call wholefoods to register 856-797-1115…

July 11th ” Whole Grains” presented by the Vegetarian Society
of South Jersey! Learn about all the whole grain options out there and how easy they are to prepare. Do you know which ancient grain is a complete protein? Find out the answer and much more. Enter our contest to see how many grains you can identify and win a Whole Foods Market gift bag! Great recipes and a cooking demonstration will be provided by our own Chef Erin! Cooking Class: Whole Grains for a Healthy Diet

July 18th  “Vegetarian Diet 101”
Attend this workshop courtesy of the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey to learn more about the health benefits of a meat-free diet. Receive a free Vegetarian Starter Kit and Whole Foods Market goodie bag. Tasty samples and recipes will be provided!

July 25th VSSJ & Chef Erin will be creating quick & easy vegetarian meals. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll also learn options for eating healthy throughout the hot summer days.

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Pecan Pie Truffles

Below is the recipe for one of the donated items for our Vegan Bake sale held at our Spring potluck on Saturday April 16th. This recipe is adapted from the “VegNews Cookie Cookbook”. You can substitute orange juice for the bourbon.

2 1/2 cups pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 ounces dark chocolate
1. In a medium bowl, stir together pecans, graham
cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt until well
combined. Add maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla,
stirring thoroughly. Use your hands to make sure the
mixture becomes fully incorporated.
2. Form mixture into walnut-sized balls, then place on a
cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
3. In the top of a double boiler or in a medium stainless steel
bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water, melt
chocolate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dip the frozen balls into the melted chocolate, then
place onto prepared baking sheet. Let sit for 15 minutes
or until firm.

You can purchase this book and any other items from Amazon and support VSSJ. All you need to do is go to Amazon from our website and VSSJ will receive a % of your total order. This is a great way to support our organization at no cost to you. Just click here.

For information on our next vegan bake sale click here.

Dessert Recipes, POTLUCKS

Spring Potluck

Hopefully you were one of the lucky ones to attend our spring potluck on Saturday, April 16th. If not, you missed a great event! Despite the torrential downpour 28 members and friends celebrated Earth Day with a nice variety of great tasting vegetarian/vegan food, a recycle swap party & a vegan bake sale. Baked goods were donated by the officers of VSSJ and were sold out in the first 15 minutes! (see photo) Proceeds were donated to EarthSave. For more info on EarthSave click here.

GREAT NEWS!!! Next month on Saturday May 21st we are having another great event! Our theme is Here comes summer “ice cream” social potluck & bake sale. Proceeds from the bake sale will be benefiting the cow sanctuary. Besides bringing a dish to share for the dinner part of the evening you can help raise funds by bringing some of your favorite desserts to add to the bake sale and/or bring some extra change to purchase some tasty treats. Just remember to bring along the recipe or a list of the ingredients. For details click here.

If you have been wanting to play a more active role in our organization but don’t have time to regularly commit – I have the perfect opportunity for you! Right now we are looking for helping hands at our potlucks. We need help setting up and then with clean up. E-mail Janet and let her know what upcoming potlucks that you are able to assist with. Janet@janetrerickson.com
For the dates of future potlucks please click here.

POTLUCKS

Holiday Cookie Swap

  In December Linda hosted a woman’s holiday cookie swap. Everyone had a great time and     left with lots of delicious vegan cookies to share with family and friends. The recipe that I shared with everyone was from the following site. Low Fat Peanut Butter Cookies….YUUMMM!!

http://www.myvegancookbook.com/recipes/recipe.php?id=10

Dessert Recipes, POTLUCKS