An Illustrated Guide to Philly’s 8 Essential Vegan Dishes

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Great vegan food is easy to come by in Philly — but some dishes stand above the rest. For exciting ingredients and convincing meat alternatives that are as affordable as they are delicious, here are the 7 essential vegan dishes to try in Philly, in illustrated form.

Gudeg and Oseng Tempeh Platter

Hardena, 1754 S. Hicks Street

Most vegan jackfruit dishes these days are prepared to mimic pulled pork, but Hardena’s weekend-only Indonesian gudeg stewed jackfruit is the perfect sweet and savory stew that doesn’t try to be faux meat. You can add it to any combination platter, but

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Flavors From Afar uniquely highlights refugee chefs and their best recipes

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The ouze — a Lebanese dish of spiced, roasted lamb shanks over rice scattered with pine nuts and slivered almonds — served at Flavors From Afar tasted very familiar.

I had recently been ordering meals from a 10-month-old takeout and delivery operation called Mama Lina Cooks, which brings to Los Angeles some homestyle aspects of Lebanese cuisine (textured stews, comforting rice dishes, stuffed vegetables) that rarely appear on menus here. Ouze might show up on Lina Georges’ weekly rotating menus alongside koussa (zucchini stuffed with allspice-scented beef and rice), siyadiyeh (spice-rubbed fish with tahini sauce) and shish barak (meat-filled

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The Homegrown Meals In This Prison Stand Out Against Most Unpalatable Jail Food : NPR

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At a prison in Maine, residents tend a garden that produces much of the facility’s food. Advocates say it’s a good way to avoid the unhealthy diets served at other prisons and teach useful skills.



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Food served in prisons and jails is notoriously dreadful. Picture mystery meat drenched with dull gravy with a heavy reliance on overly processed starch. One advocacy group has identified an exception to this trend, though – Maine’s Mountain View Correctional Center. From Maine Public Radio, Susan Sharon has more.

SUSAN SHARON, BYLINE: Studies show that prison diets are often lacking in nutrition,

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Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Teddy Spaghettis shares family Italian recipes with Muskegon

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MUSKEGON, MI – Homemade Italian food is a labor of love at Teddy Spaghettis in Muskegon.

Owned by Ted Cerniglia and his daughter Francesca Giddings, Teddy Spaghettis serves authentic Italian food handcrafted from family recipes that date back nearly a century.

“It’s our way of sharing our family history. We just love to cook, so if we weren’t doing it in this capacity, we’d just be doing it at home,” said Giddings.

The Muskegon restaurant traces its history back to 1939 when Cerniglia’s grandparents opened a restaurant in Rockford, Illinois. Cerniglia branched out in 1986 when he opened the Pine-Apple

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Garden Plate: Get back to the basics with farm stand food recipes

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September traditionally brings us the usual “back to school” doldrums, but for the Garden State, our season of fresh fun is still going strong. Farm stands continue to brim with an abundance of options at the tail end of summer. The recipes are ripe with best of nature’s offerings in New Jersey.

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Jersey is the proud parent of the tomato, zucchini and homegrown eggplant. Put these together with a few other ingredients, and you have got yourself an easy, end-of-summer supper. The best part is that it can be assembled and roasted in minutes.

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6 Plant-Based Recipes To Cook Up This Fall

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‘Tis the season for butternut squash, Brussel sprouts, and all the pumpkin your heart desires. September is the bridge between summer and fall cooking with farmers markets brimming with delicious seasonal vegetables. Our friend Yumna at Feel Good Foodie is all about cooking fresh, easy, and healthy meals that are also super scrumptious. Many of her dishes are inspired by the Lebanese foods and dishes of her childhood, everything has a little bit of Mediterranean in it, which we love. Here, she shares five of her favorite fall recipes you can whip up this week or next, or bookmark into
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