Vegan Lemon Coconut Cheesecake at Gillies in Blacksburg, Virginia


Last week I enjoyed a delicious slice of vegan lemon coconut cheesecake at Gillies in Blacksburg, Virginia while visiting my son at Virginia Tech.  The desert was a great way to finish off a delicious dinner … I had the Tofu Gado Gado. I go to Blacksburg to visit my college student but I always…

Mad Cow Discovery a Stroke of Luck


Reading an AP article  about the California dairy cow that was discovered to have Mad Cow disease yesterday makes me appreciative I am a vegan. According to the Article: “The cow had died at one of the region’s hundreds of dairies, but hadn’t exhibited outward symptoms of the disease: unsteadiness, incoordination, a drastic change in…

Kudos to ABC News: McDonald’s Dumps McMuffin Egg Factory Over Health Concerns


ABCNews reported that McDonald’s is having problems with Sparboe Farms and that the “farm” will be included in a 20/20 broadcast on Friday 11/18/11.  The video clip shows unsanitary conditions discusses citations issued by the FDA. Watch the 3 minute news report from Good Morning America. Mercy for Animals helped to uncover the cruelty behind McDonald’s…

Eating Animals


Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is an excellent read for people who love animals.  This National Bestseller challenges the notion that animals are ours to “farm” and eat.  This easy read sets the stage for what is the philosophy of being vegan.  The essence of this book is its plain language in considering the…

Grilled Vegetable Panini


A great treat on a beautiful Autum day is grilled panini made with fresh zucchini, eggplant, portabella mushrooms and grilled onions.  Today we sliced our vegetables and coated them gingerly with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and then grilled them on the panini maker until soft and moist.  We purchased some hearty sourdough from…

Dandies Vegan Marshmallows Rock!


I recently discovered Dandies Vegan Marshmallows at Whole Foods Markets.  These delicious marshmallows melt and catch fire like any other and they taste great on top of ice cream, in brownies, on top of hot chocolate or melted  in recipes such as the classic Rice Krispies Treats.  According to the company’s Website they are made…

Gillie’s from the Mountain-top in Blacksburg, Virgnia


Watching the dedication of the new MLK memorial in Washington, DC yesterday I was re-inspired by the vision of social justice Dr. King had for the world. I have always admired Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence and one-worldness.  It is interesting to consider that members of the King family have followed a vegan diet.  I…

Veggie Galaxy Diner. It’s Out of This World!


A few weeks ago I had a business trip to Boston.  I made my hotel reservations late and I was lucky to get a hotel room.  I’m not sure why there was a shortage of hotel rooms but I venture to guess it was a combination of conferences and back to school for colleges.  I…

Bird is the Word!


My son is coming home from college for Thanksgiving and the whole family is filled with anticipation.  Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday and we’re all really looking forward to making his first trip home from school a great event.  We’ve asked him to give us ideas for what he’d like on the menu the week…

Duck Season at Wolfgang Pucks


I felt compelled to build this site and start writing after a recent business trip to Los Angeles, California.  I had the pleasure of dining with two close business colleagues at Wolfgang Pucks restaurant on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton.  As a vegetarian for 25 years, business travel is always an adventure and…

On Your Plate and On Your Mind!


Welcome to the Compassionate Plate.  Grab your fork, spoon and knife and be ready to dig into some delicious conversation.   This is the place where we’ll talk about what’s on your plate … and on your mind.