Do you have FOMO?

As a  chronic over-thinker, I notice that sometimes I can feel stressed out before I've even begun to take action, even if it's no action. I think it stems from something called FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out. It's a plague in our culture and most of us have it. This is why I'm such a fan of "less."


Opportunities to feel FOMO abound. Just today, a dear friend asked me if I could do a project that could begin a relationship with a company that might eventually hire me as...

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Shifting "I'm sorry" to "Thank you."

As we open a new calendar, it's common to have thoughts about letting go of what no longer serves and to invite with intention new ways of being. I recently saw a post from FeministVoice that struck me with its beauty and simplicity.

For nearly three decades, I've been an avid student of practicing impeccability with my speech. That is, being clear about what I say and saying what I intend. I first learned this from Louise Hay. She talks about the implications of using words like...

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The Easiest Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is quickly becoming one of the most popular dairy-free milks in the U.S. and with good reason—it's delish!

Easily made at home, the most common method is this ultra-smooth technique that employs a nut milk bag. But...I've got a secret ingredient that requires no soaking or straining so that you'll have your own fresh almond milk in minutes!

Bonus—any blender will do!

Check out my secret:



Super-speedy DIY Homemade Almond Milk

By Allison...

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How to Make Homemade Vegan Butter

Want to know what to use instead of dairy butter? I've gotcha covered! While several commercial vegan margarines and shortenings are available (and they are certainly much better than dairy butter), I prefer to create my own version from scratch for most recipes.

I do this for several reasons. For one, most vegan margarines use palm oil, a product that has been linked to some major issues in the countries that produce it. Ranging from human rights abuses to climate...

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Luscious Vegan Lasagna

A classic comfort casserole, lasagna can be highly individual, and mine is no exception. With soy-free and gluten-free ingredients, even those with food sensitivities can enjoy this rich, creamy dish. 

As with most flavorful dishes, this recipe is even better the next day when the flavors have a chance to merge in the fridge.


Luscious Vegan Lasagna
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Ingredients
Pasta
12 lasagna noodles
4 quarts boiling water

Marinara Sauce
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 large...

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The Joy of Glass Jar Storage

After learning about the dangers of BPAs in plastics, I began my search for alternative food storage options for our family.

First, we tested stainless steel food storage containers. Even though they had plastic lids, it was impossible to easily see inside them and in the fridge, out of sight = out of mind, leading to perished food.

The second thing I discovered over time is that wide, shallow containers expose more of the food's surface to air, which tends to make it spoil...

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

Loaded with homemade smoky vegan cheddar cheese sauce and topped with sour cream, these twice-baked potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.


Vegan Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Ingredients
Baked Potatoes

8 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup refined/unflavored coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
1...

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Cheesy Vegan Ziti

Just before the explosion of the Grunge Scene in Seattle, I left for New York with my then-boyfriend's rock band.

On a Greyhound Bus, we rode to the place where they would become rock stars. I went not as "the girlfriend," but to learn to be a band manager. After days on that bus, I discovered that it was possible for my derrière to be equally sore and numb.

We landed in Harlem in 1989 where I shared a studio apartment with five long-haired guys. Yes,...

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My New Project: The Dairy Detox!

If you've ever struggled with releasing dairy from your diet, I feel ya. It was one of the last things to go for me, and gave me some of the greatest benefits. As a mom who nursed her daughter, I became intimately aware of issues about dairy from a different perspective. My desire to help people feel their best has driven my passion to create The Dairy Detox

Back in 2015, my dear friend Michelle Cehn and I started working on this project that is very close to my heart. I'm thrilled to...

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What Happened to Allison's Gourmet?

In 1997, I founded the first online vegan bakery and confectionary. Over the years, the business grew into something I was so proud of. When my daughter was born in 2006, it was the perfect fit for me to be able to choose my own hours, run the business from home (we had a separate commercial kitchen for production), and explore my entrepreneurial DNA.

Ultimately, the business grew beyond the size that was joyful for me, and I wasn't able to spend as much time with my family. It was...

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