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Bryanna Clark Grogan
Works at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Union Bay BC
Attended Galileo High School, San Francisco, CA
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VEGAN THAI-STYLE CORN FRITTERS, SHALLOW-FRIED OR BAKED (Can be GF)
It's been a long time since I last blogged. I've been taking a semi-break from internet activity for a little while, but that isn't the only reason. We've been eating pretty simply, for one thing, and I'm preparing for a cooking workshop coming up soon. Also, we've had company and the odd family ...
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PASTIERA NAPOLITANA VEGAN (NEAPOLITAN EASTER GRAIN & "RICOTTA" PIE) Looking for a new Easter dessert? Several years ago a reader wrote to me, asking: "Do you have any vegan recipes for the Italian wheat and rice pies that are served on Easter morning along with the frittata that my Grandma used to make? Thank you, Adrienne"
***Though I had heard about it, I had never eaten this pie. However, I do have a recipe for a vegan "ricotta pie" in my book "Nonna's Italian Kitchen", and I knew that this Easter pie contained ricotta, so I figured that I could work on it with that recipe as a start. 
I did some research and then decided to try the formula I came up with on some friends who were coming for dinner. I thought it had turned out rather well-- impressive looking, and we all loved it- but, since I had never actually eaten the "real thing", I had nothing to compare it to. So, I asked Adrienne to try it ahead of time, for her sake and mine (maybe just half the recipe, which she did) and give me an honest assessment. Her verdict? “Out of this world great.” 
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New post:  Quick, easy, fresh, lowfat & kid-friendly!
From the time I was 4 to 11, my family lived in a winery in the beautiful Livermore Valley of California, just south of San Francisco (where we moved to when I was 11). My father, Alejandro Jaime Urbina, was the official host at the Cresta Blanca Winery (now Wente Brothers Vineyards).
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Whoa! it's happened again! 
Team One Green Planet <admin@onegreenplanet.org>
2:27 AM (6 hours ago)
Hi Bryanna,
Your post "Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil and Kalamata Olive 'Ricotta' Spread [Vegan, Gluten-Free]" has hit the stratosphere and gone viral with over 2K shares and counting! (PS: This post includes my two favorite vegan ricotta recipes.)
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/sundried-tomato-basil-and-kalamata-olive-ricotta-spread/
Is there an herb more versatile than basil? You can pretty much do anything you like with it, from pasta sauce to spreads to a few spare leaves in a crisp, summer salad. Flavorful and bright, it makes any dish more special and this creamy spread is no exception. I've included two recipes for vegan ricotta that you can choose from, one with soy and one without.
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One Green Planet wrote to me today, to say: 
"Hi Bryanna,

Your post "Creamy Low-Fat Vegan Mayonnaise With No Extracted Oil" has hit the stratosphere and gone viral with over 2K shares and counting!"
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/creamy-low-fat-vegan-mayonnaise-with-no-extracted-oil/
For those who are allergic to soy, prefer not to use oil, do not like tofu mayonnaise, or the commercial "light" mayos (most are not vegan, anyway), this is a delicious (and inexpensive) solution. I can't stress enough that this recipe is EASY TO MAKE and takes only a few minutes of your time! You will save money and calories. And you can use the type of nondairy milk that suits you. (I've used hemp milk with good result, BTW.)
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A LITTLE EXPERIMENT THAT WENT QUITE WELL: NO-KNEAD PIZZA DOUGH BAQUETTES-- I had some leftover no-knead pizza dough in my refrigerator yesterday. We had our fill of pizza for a while, so I considered freezing the dough, but then thought, "Why not try making a couple of baguettes out of it?
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A nourishing soup-- full of garlic and ginger in a tasty broth.  I used what I had in the house, and this is what I came up with-- very delicious, and, importantly, very fast and easy to make, even when not at your best.
I am suffering from a bad cold today. This my third day, but the worst one. I'm hoping that it will improve rapidly from here. I wasn't very hungry at all and skipped breakfast today, but I thought that I should make some sort of light, but nourishing soup for lunch-- full of garlic and ginger ...
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You might have noticed that I haven't been posting much for the last few months. Since I retired from the library where I worked for 36 years, I have been slowly trying to weed out my belongings and re-organize the storage in our small house-- particularly in my office, closets and the kitchen.
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I was very happy to be asked to review Jill Nussinow's brand-new book, "Vegan Under Pressure", especially because I had recently purchased a new Instant Pot IP-DUO60. Jill's book "The New Fast Food" has been a wonderful introduction to healthful, quick, easy and delicious vegan pressure cooking, ...
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"Peruvian cuisine is a delicious and exciting melange of indigenous Inca cuisine and ingredients, mixed with Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, West African, and even German influences... Today I'd like to share a version I just made of one of Peru's most famous dishes, which also happens to be quick and easy to make, and very delicious."
Peruvian cuisine is a delicious and exciting melange of indigenous Inca cuisine and ingredients, mixed with Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, West African, and even German influences. I never tire of exploring it. Of course, some of my interest is because my late father, Alejandro Jaime ...
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This is going to be a quickie blog post! I'm trying to use more cabbage this winter, due to the rising price of veggies in my neck of the woods. (The low Canadian dollar is having an effect on food prices.) This type of casserole is fairly common, but, not only did I want to make a vegan version ...
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Last week I made a large batch of pressure-cooked chickpeas that I over-cooked-- they were pretty mushy! I wondered what the heck I was going to do with all these mushy chickpeas. My first thought was dinner that night-- I didn't have much time. I remembered some Indian chickpea patties or ...
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Besides running a small branch of of the local library system, I write vegan cookbooks, a vegan cooking bog and sometimes teach vegan cooking.
Employment
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library, Union Bay BC
    Branch Manager/Circulation Supervisor, 1979 - present
    I run a small branch of the library system, in Union Bay, BC
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Gender
Female
Other names
Bryanna Urbina (maiden name)
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Vegan cookbook author
Introduction
I'm a vegan cookbook author, author of "World Vegan Feast" (Vegan Heritage Press, 2011) and 7 more cookbooks from the Book Publishing Co. (Summertown, TN).  I
Bragging rights
I'm proud mom of 3 daughters, Sarah, Justine and Bethany; one son, Tim; and 2 stepsons, Sean and Laurence. I have 2 grandsons, ages 9 and 24; and 5 granddaughters, ages 21, 18, 15, 14, and 12.
Education
  • Galileo High School, San Francisco, CA
    1964 - 1966
  • Langara College, Vancouver, BC
    English, Art and History, 1969 - 1971