Set List:

1.  Trailer Trash Tracys – Wish You Were Red

2.  Lana Del Rey – Video Games

3.  Jane’s Addiction – Thank You Boys

4.  Local Natives – Sun Hands

5.  Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacre –

6.  Of Montreal – Wraith Pinned to The Mist And Other Games

7.  cubesato – Le Petit Prince (from Meine Meinung)

8.  Kaiser Chiefs – Time Honoured Tradition



On the show today we talked about handling those difficult Thanksgiving situations that come up when you combine vegetarians with non-vegetarians.  Below are the main points:

If you’re hosting dinner at your home:

a) You don’t need labels.  Eat first, then label.  Everyone is there because they want to share a delicious meal and spend time in each other’s company.  Giving something a label (like “vegan”) could bring up preconceived ideas about a dish and prevent someone from even trying it.

b) Stick to traditional dishes using minimal variations.  People have definite ideas about what a Thanksgiving meal is.  While most people will be up for trying something a little different, they will likely be more comfortable with something not too different from the traditional.

c) Thanksgiving dinners, and most big family gatherings, are not the place to make your “stand”.  Focus on sharing and enjoying each other’s company instead of hosting a debate session.  Some well-meaning friends might try to engage you.  You can deflect with phrases like, “Hey I think its great that you’re interested in learning more about my diet, lets get together next week and chat.”

d) End strong!  Dessert is the last thing they’ll enjoy – make it count!


If you’ve been invited to their place for dinner:

a) Always remember that the point of sharing a meal is to grow closer to those you love.

b) Decide whether your host needs to know you’re vegetarian.  Friends, definitely.  91-year-old grandmother, maybe not.

c) Emphasize your flexibility.  Find out what they’re planning and let them know what dishes are already sounding great.  ”I’d be happy to eat the non-meat based dishes like mashed potatoes, green beans, etc.”

d) Offer to bring something along!  You’ll become a more integral part of the meal and you’re guaranteed to have at least one dish that you want to eat.

e) If your host asks, give specific suggestions for what you would like to eat.  For example, “That green been casserole sounds great.  Do you think you could leave the bacon crumbles off of half of it?”


Old Fashioned – Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vegan margarine

2 cups canned pumpkin

1 tablespoon applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 package chocolate chips (optional)

1/2 cup crushed pecans (optional – you could use any kind of nuts)


1.  PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F

2. Grease baking sheets

3. Combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and salt in medium bowl

4. Beat sugar and vegan margarine or butter in large mixer bowl until well blended

5. Beat in pumpkin, applesauce and vanilla extract until smooth

6. Gradually beat in flour mixture

7. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets

8. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm

9. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely

10. Drizzle glaze over cookies
GLAZE: Combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons almond milk, 1 tablespoon melted vegan margarine and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.


Quotes of the Day:

“We can see quite plainly that our present civilization is built on the exploitation of animals, just as past civilizations were built on the exploitation of slaves, and we believe the spiritual destiny of man is such that in time he will view with abhorrence the idea that men once fed on the products of animals’ bodies” – Donald Watson, who died November 16, 2005 at the age of 95 and was the founder of the Vegan Society in England.

“To invite people to dine with us is to make ourselves responsible, ves responsible for their well–being for as long as they are under our roofs” — Anthelme Brillat–Savarin  Born in France in 1755 & considered a founder of the gastronomic essay.


We hope you have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!!

~VSF Crew


The first of several thoughts on why RadioBoise is so important and worth your support and contribution during the upcoming Radiothon Oct. 26 – Nov. 3, 2011.

There’s nothing like radio to connect a diverse and varied community.  To reach you wherever you may find yourself and present an alternative to your current reality.  In the last 6 months I’ve learned about more music and events, met more new, interesting and exciting friends and connected with more people who live in the exact same town I do, than I have in the last 6 years.

Thank you RadioBoise.

If you feel similarly, I encourage you to donate during the Radiothon (or even cooler) during the Veggie StirFry show on Sunday 10/30/2011 from 5pm – 6pm on 89.9FM or online at

Listen to VSF Recording 09-25-2011

Set List:
  1. Dirty Gold – California Sunrise
  2. The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go
  3. Hot Chip – One Life Stand
  4. The Flaming Lips – A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
  5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Satan Said Dance
  6. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
  7. Finn Riggins – Wake – Keep This Town Alive
  8. Matt & Kim – Daylight


On the show today, special guest Janice Ward and her daughter Chelsea gave an update on Janice’s switch to a vegetarian lifestyle.  Several months ago, she made the decision to cut out all meat except seafood.  After a run-in with a crab carcass two months ago, she has now cut out all meat!  Thanks Janice and Chelsea for sharing your story and tips!!

If you’re considering switching to a vegetarian lifestyle, remember you don’t have to quit cold Tofurkey!  If you are ready to start making changes, small steps will make the journey achievable.  Starting with something simple like Meat Free Monday; then moving on to more changes, will improve your health and the world. 

Our VSF home chef extraordinaire Caitlin brought in a sample of her recipe of the week – a vegan pizza!  We were all able to try it!  The recipe is simple, vegan and delicious.  This is a great example of something you may be used to eating with animal products that can be made even better by “veganizing” it!

Vegan Pizza with Ajvar Sauce

(Adapted from Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe from

2 ½ cups flour
2 ¼ tsp yeast
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup flat beer (any light beer will do)
2 tbsp Earth Balance, or other vegan butter substitute, softened
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp pepper

2 tbsp Earth Balance, or vegan butter substitute
2 tbsp corn meal
1 – 19 ounce jar/2 cups Ajvar or Romesco sauce (You can buy it in Boise at Bo-Ex on Emerald, or make your own)
Vegetables,* artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers, or any you desire
*Sliced no thicker than ¼ inch (I used summer squash, orange bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes from my garden)

1.  Add ingredients to bread maker, and put on ‘Dough’ setting.  After dough has finished, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Kneed pizza dough with extra flour until elastic and doesn’t stick to hands.  Roll out with a rolling pin, or toss to size of pizza pan (if you don’t have a pizza pan, they are worth it!  Make sure to purchase one with holes in the bottom for crispy crust.)  Brush the pizza with 2 tbsp melted butter substitute, and sprinkle with corn meal.  Place corn meal side down on pizza pan.
3.  Bake in oven with no toppings for 10 minutes.  This helps the dough from getting soggy from the sauce and toppings.  Remove from oven, and spread sauce, and vegetables on it.  Put back in oven for 20 minutes, or until edges of crust are golden brown.
4. Slice and serve with extra sauce for dipping!

“This is a fun recipe with lots of room for experimenting.  Switch up the spices in the pizza crust, change the vegetables, and make it perfect for you.  My two year old had a blast putting the veggies on and ate two full slices of pizza by himself!  Next time, I’m going to make a few smaller crusts to let the kids build and eat their very own.”  – Caitlin

Quote of the Day:

“Chicken nuggets smell like bad breath.” -Chelsea


Listen to VSF Recording 09-11-2011

Set List:

  1. Pepper Rabbit – Family Planning
  2. Real Estate – Beach Comber
  3. Reading Rainbow – Always on My Mind
  4. The B-52′s – Trism
  5. The Babies – Meet Me In The City
  6. The Breeders – Cannonball
  7. Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard


Main Topic: Pet-A-Palooza!

Sponsored by WendyWorks Realty, Pet-A-Palooza is an open house fundraiser happening on Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 2:00 – at WendyWorks Realty in Bown Crossing.  Today we met with Wendy Northcut who is leading the event to raise funds and awareness for Fuzzy Pawz Rescue and the Idaho Humane Society.  For more information about this event, visit

Excerpt from American Humane Society Website: (Link: Humane Society Article)

“Each year, approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters across the country. Tragically, about 3.7 million — nearly half — of these animals must be euthanized because good homes cannot be found for them. In fact, shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for both dogs and cats in the United States.”

Idaho Humane Society Information:
From IHS Website: “The mission of the Idaho Humane Society is to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane awareness and compassion. We believe that because domestic animals are a product of human intervention, we have a special obligation to them in regard to humane treatment and responsible stewardship.” – event calendar, sign up for news updates, learn about volunteer opportunities, and so much more
4775 W. Dorman
Boise, ID 83705
(208) 342-3508

Fuzzy Pawz Rescue Information:
From FPR Website: “Our mission is to rescue unwanted dogs that are dumped in shelters and pounds located throughout Southern Idaho and parts of Utah before they run out of time.”  “We are volunteers devoted to re-homing unwanted dogs from shelters and pounds throughout Southern Idaho and parts of Utah before they are euthanized. We then place them into our foster home program while we search for forever homes for them. We also transport many of these dogs to other rescue groups and low kill shelters.  This process helps give many dogs a second chance at the life they deserve!”
– learn more about their mission, becoming a foster family and see dogs in need of adoption

Tune in next week for a phenomenal Brownie recipe from Caitlin.

Have a great week!

This Sunday at 5pm Wendy Northcut from WendyWorks Realty will be on the show to talk about her outstanding, upcoming event: Pet-A-Palooza!!! This event is set to be a fun party and excellent fundraiser for our friends at Fuzzy Pawz Rescue and the Idaho Humane Society.

For more info:

Set List

1. Animal by Miike Snow
2. My Girls by Animal Collective
3. Ritual Union by Little Dragon
4. Veal by Egg Plant
5. Age of Adz by Sujfan Stevens

Main Topic: Veal, an Unfair Meal

Veal is one of the most inhumane practices in the meat industry.  Calves are taken from their mother at birth.  Females go on to become dairy cows, and male calves are either slaughtered right at birth, or put into veal crates.   These calves are then denied proper nutrition, access to pasture, and often times prohibited any movement in order to produce pale-colored flesh.

The crates are very small, usually two feet wide.  A calf is unable to stretch, turn around, or lie down comfortably.  The confined calves experience leg and joint disorders, pneumonia, constant diarrhea, chronic stress, and abnormal coping behaviors such as kicking, scratching, and shaking.  Animals in this kind of stressful and unhealthy environment need more medication than other animals. These massive amounts of anti-biotics are then passed on to the consumer through the meat.  They are given a milk substitute that is intentionally lacking in nutrients, especially iron to keep the calves anemic.  They have to live like this for about 14 weeks before ultimately being slaughtered.

Many people are now taking a stand against veal – including celebrity chef Wolfgang puck who says, ““We decided about three months ago to be really much more socially responsible.  We feel the quality of the food is better, and our conscience feels better.”

For those of you who are considering making a few changes on the way to becoming vegetarian, discontinuing eating veal is a great step to take.  Educate friends and family about the terrible practice of raising veal calves, and maybe even invite them over for some Vegan Eggplant Parmesan to show them that you don’t have to support cruelty to have a delicious meal!


Wolfgang Puck Article from New York Times:


Recipe of the Week: Vegan Eggplant Parmesean

From The FatFree Vegan Kitchen blog by SusanV.
Link to the recipe:

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Product of the Week: Tofutti Cuties

Product website:

Nutrition Information:

Veggie StirFry: 6/16/2011 – Interview with Monique Diaz (spokesperson for Fuzzy Pawz Rescue)

Listen to VSF 6-16-11

Set List:

Don’t Be Part of It – Howard Johnson

Gone Fishing – Consolidated

Rock Lobster – B-52′s

M. Ward – Fisher of Men


Quote: “When a human kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why should man then expect mercy from God? It’s unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give. It is inconsistent. I can never accept inconsistency or injustice. Even if it comes from God. If there would come a voice from God saying, “I’m against vegetarianism!” I would say, “Well, I am for it!” This is how strongly I feel in this regard.”  Isaac Bashevis Singer – Holocaust survivor / Author / Pulitzer Prize Winner / Vegetarian

- Wikipedia – Isaac Bashevis Singer


Main Topic – The Case Against Eating Fish

Just like learning a new sport, hobby or job – everyone who is learning about vegetarianism or animal rights is at a different level.  I know many people who eschew factory farms and insist on eating only grass-fed organic meat.  I applaud their effort to take a step in the right direction and encourage them often.  Of course on the other end of the spectrum, I know people who are 100% vegan or even raw foodists.  Their impact on the environment and the lives of countless animals is immeasurable.  Like most people I am somewhere in the middle.


One of those levels that people struggle with the most is eating fish and other marine life.  In today’s episode I shared some of the main questions or feelings people have around eating fish.  Below is a summary:


a) Fish are healthy to eat, right? – Contrary to what the industrial fishing industry would have you believe, fish are not very healthy.  Due to the excessive toxins dumped in our oceans by industrial, municipal and agricultural firms; fish are heavily laden with harmful chemicals.  Bigger fish eat smaller fish, so as you move up the food chain the bigger the fish you are eating, the more heavily concentrated the chemicals.  The PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) states that fish consumption is the single biggest source for mercury exposure.  With current stats showing that 1 in 6 childbearing aged women exceed the “safe” levels of mercury recommended by the EPA, each year more than 600,000 are born at risk of mercury-related birth defects.


In addition, fish are very high in protein.  High protein diets show a direct link to calcium deficiency and that leads to osteoporosis.  Keith Akers, author of the blog notes that, “Eskimos, for example, take in 2500 milligrams of calcium each day in the form of fish bones, and suffer from rampant osteoporosis–worse than Americans suffer from. This is a consequence of their fish-centered high-protein diet.”  Clearly fish consumption does not lead to good health in humans.


b) What impact does fishing have on the environment?  Commercial fishing today consists of enormous trawling vessels with nets the size of football fields.  The fleets of these commercial vessels destroy entire ecosystems as they effectively “clear-cut”  our oceans in the same fashion as forests used to be.  The side-effects are staggering – one example an estimated 30 million tons of aquatic animals (damaged during the fishing process) are simply tossed back into the ocean as waste.  At the same time, the energy needed to sustain the commercial fishing industry results in fish consuming 50-100 times the amount of energy needed to produce an equivalent amount of plant-based food.


“Fish farming” or “Aquaculture” has equally baffling consequences.  Most factory-farmed fish are actually being fed “fish pellets” derived from the fish deemed inadequate to sell to restaurants or churned up to make fish sticks.  The farm fish are then also given dyes to make their flesh “look” the right color.  And finally starved to death to cut down on the amount of excrement (Salmon are typically starved for 10 days before being killed.


c) Nirvana sings it best, “Its ok to eat fish cause they don’t have any feelings.”  Of course, fish do experience pain.  Similar to all other creatures, pain is a primary learning tool and essential to their survival.  Scientists who study pain are in complete agreement that the fish pain response is basically identical to the pain response in mammals and birds.  Speaking on the subject of the Lobster nervous system, Dr. Jaren G. Horsley said, “As an invertebrate zoologist who has studied crustaceans for a number of years, I can tell you the lobster has a very sophisticated nervous system that, among other things, allows it to sense actions that will cause it harm…[Lobsters] can, I am sure, sense pain.”  Suffering is suffering – you wouldn’t boil a dog or cat alive in a giant pot, why is it ok to do this to a lobster?


Below are links to more information and sources for my material.


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)


North American Vegetarian Society – Article by Richard H. Schwartz – Article by Keith Akers


I hope you enjoyed the show.  I know fishing is a very controversial subject – especially in our great state.  Please share your input in the comments and let me know if you would be interested in coming on the show to discuss this topic further.


Next week: recipe for hummus and discussion with special guest Monique from the Fuzzy Pawz organization!


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