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Holiday Overload

Written by PETA | December 13, 2007

Amy_Cook.JPGWe’re busy, busy little worker bees in PETA’s Marketing Department, and nobody is busier than everybody’s second favorite PETA blogger, Amy “I think I’m so smart cuz I can make vegan cupcakes” Cook, who, in addition to running the Veg Cooking blog, coordinates most of the vegetarian-focused content that goes up on PETA’s websites. Well, in her unquenchable enthusiasm for the Holiday Season, our Amy coordinated so much Christmas content that we’re having trouble keeping up with it, which is a shame, because it really is very good. So the point is, even though she runs a rival PETA blog and is thus my evil arch-nemesis, I do want to highlight some of the exciting stuff she’s been working on for the Holidays. Check it all out, and be sure to congratulate her on the great work.

  1. PETA has teamed up with Cherrybrook Kitchen, for a mouthwatering giveaway featuring mixes for vegan chocolate chip and sugar cookies, yellow cakes, pancakes and brownies. If you have a sweet tooth, you can check that bad boy out here:
  2. I told my mom that if she forgets to load up on tofurkey this year while I’m home for Christmas, she can forget about getting any gifts from me. There are, however, more polite ways of accomplishing these goals, and PETA’s Ask Your Family for a Vegan Christmas feature can help you out with that.
  3. You may also want to check out these tips and tricks to make vegan holiday baking easy.
  4. And if baking’s not your thing, there are about a million other vegan holiday-specific foods you can prepare, so have a look at those here.

Amy has managed to exhaust her lifetime quota of favors from me by also asking me to talk about the variety of Christmas recipes she’s going to be posting on her blog in the next week, so be sure to check those out too. I hate to say it, but her first Christmas-themed entry does actually look pretty delicious. Feel free to scan her blog for a little while, but don’t forget to come back here, otherwise I shall be hurt and sulky. Enjoy!

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  • Fred says:

    Ana As I grew up I realized the truth in that there is no god. To quote George Carlin “I have a hard time believing that there is an invisible man living in the sky who is all knowing all seeing and all powerful. Who also has this list of 10 times he does not want you to do. If you do any of these things then he has a special place full of fire pain agony torture and sadness that he will send you to for the rest of time. But he loves you.” Since I don’t believe in Christ God or any higher deity Santa will have to do for me. As far as the name calling I am sorry. I was just typing in the form the most of the folks on this blog are used to using them selves. You are obviously the exception. Merry christmas.

  • Maya, Master's candidate, wildlife biology says:

    Thank you Ana!! We’re very excited because this is the strays’ first holiday with us and considering the horrible neglect they experienced before this possibly their first celebration ever. They will be treated accordingly. They do love those catnip toys…

  • Caboose says:

    Carla Working in a fucking office in a fucking cubicle all day yeah that sums it up.

  • Carla says:

    How come? And I’m leaving it on the last post Do you Jack take so long in getting “Our” post up and in?!!

  • Dana says:

    Oh boy most of you on here are really lucky to have families that support your choice to stop eating meat…unfortunately I am not so lucky. Most of the antipeta comments on these forums from people sum up my family as a whole. It has gotten to the point that they are so opposite from me my husband that we have a horrible experience with them every time we visit. The bad part of it all is they provoke it I have tried the just ignore them and they will stop deal…not so lucky on that either……..I love my family dearly but they have really disappointed me with their actions. If Thanksgiving was any view into what Christmas is going to be like next year I shall boycott!!!!!!!!

  • Ana says:

    Fred Resorting to namecalling says more about your inadequacies and stupidity than I can say. Fool Christmas is not about Santa it is about Christ. Jesus is the reason for the season. St. Nicholas brought toys to children. Maya Have a Happy Christmas and give those kitties extra treats!!!!

  • Tamara says:

    Hey Lucas…first of all spell my name right. I mean it’s right there in front of you. You can’t copy it right? Not that I have to explain to you…but people grow and learn and change. That’s why I’ll be eating the veggies and the mashed potatoes. But not the dead animal.

  • Fred says:

    Ana You are truly a moron if you can’t recognize sarcasm. Since you bring it up though I do believe in Santa simply because I see Santa as more then a mythical figure of Christmas. I see him as a symbol of everything that is good in this world.

  • ONS-Torlan says:

    I have discovered the reason that many families wish to go with meat during holidays regardless of your view. Tofurky tastes like an old shoe and your parents were raised on the sane idea that animals are a source of food not friends to be treated as equals. So because of your disdain for delicious animal flesh my siblings and I were forced to eat your share of the turky this year it was our sacrifice and we were more than happy to make it.

  • Caboose says:

    Jacyln Its right in your eyes plus prices vary ay region.

  • Jaclyn says:

    Maya When I was on a very very tight budget in college I found myself cooking vegetarian meals because they were cheap. Back then I ate meat but could not afford the meat. Instead I focused on dishes that contained veggies since they were cheaper to make. Sometimes I would only have $15 to go grocery shopping and I could make food for the week if I focused on a meatless meal. o For the holidays I can’t convince my family to go turkeyless. They don’t cook the ham anymore though. It’s hard but bringing a kick ass vegan dish to the party always helps. o Jolee good for you!! People love to roll their eyes when they hear that someone is a vegetarian. You did the right thing!

  • Caboose says:

    Ana Wow ur a real heartbreaker. Santa exists in our hearts maybe not urs W

  • Maya says:

    Hey Ana! Happy Holidays! Your mom sounds amazing and I think it’s so cool that she is a great cook and a great mom. Sadly my mom was a bit more simple she really struggled in life out of respect to her I won’t give any more detail so I stand by my statement if I want a vegetarian meal for the holidays I’m going to invite my mom to MY house and cook it myself. Which I’ve done many times. I hope you have a great holiday and please stay safe in this snowy weather Peace to you and mom!!

  • Caboose says:

    Jolee Same with a balanced omnivore diet in moderation

  • Anonymous says:

    ok… why do you need to tell others your a veg. just don’t eat the meat. Vegi. always make a big deal about it to people who do it meat. if they want to eat rotting flesh and you want to eat fresh crisp vegi. than that is your thinking but don’t tell people who do eat meat not to! let them figure it out for themselfs!!!!

  • Ana says:

    Fred I think you live in a fantasy world since you actually still believe in Santa Clause. Take your meds. Maya My Mom makes me vegan meals when I visit and I never had to argue with her. It’s called respect. She also enjoys eating these meals at her home with me. My mother worked in a factory as a seamstress union member so she made even less than your Mom. She even shows concern for my cats!!

  • Lucas says:

    Hey Tamera Maybe you should start using proper english before you make your point. Everybody likes to sound more intelligent than they really are. Oh! And explain why you won’t go againist your priciples this year. WHERE’S THE TURKEY!

  • C.J. says:

    Fred I like your comment … Honestly … it’s SANTA CLAUS!?! He’s make believe. Is PETA going to go so far as to attacking someonesomething that isn’t even real? Maybe they DO have their head’s so far up their asses they don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy. GO PETA!

  • Charles says:

    I trully believe that animals are precious! They are neat they are just awesome to look at and there really is nothing betters than a wild animal. But I still love to eat them and I do love to hunt. I do understand your theories on animal cruelty and by any means do not promote torturing animals. I respect your choices on animals but I do love to hunt and fish and I have never tortured a animal. Meat is and always will be a part of human consumption so why change it. Turkey and steak are the only thing I eat and that will never change so get off your homo horse and eat a t bone or some deer steak BIATCHES!

  • Caboose says:

    Fred Dont worry they unfortunately have.

  • Fred says:

    Hey I have a great Idea for you guys. Why don’t you start to target Santa Clause? I mean after all his use rain deer as beasts of burden drinks milk and eats cookies partially made of animal products. Not to mention you don’t honestly think he got that fat by eating strictly vegies do you. He must have a strong diet of sausage and the like. He is german after all. He probably eats the deer when they get too old to pull the sleigh. I hear they are good eating after all. This should completely fit in with the rest of your fantasy world and make a nice complement to your cause.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Good for you Jolee. Your body is your temple and it’s totally your call what you feed it. One shouldn’t ever feel defensive about being a vegetarian.

  • Maya, Master's candidate, wildlife biology says:

    IMHO the best way to get the family to eat vegetarian is to host the dinner at your own house. I’m not into this idea of crashing my mom’s holiday plans and demanding she cook a certain way. My mom was single and very poor still is and raised me and my sister the best she could on a highschool teacher’s salary. She cooked many veggie meals but good food is expensive cruel meat based food unfortunately is cheap. I’m not about to drive to her house see her struggling to cook on her one week off from working and bitch at her about what she’s making. But I wholeheartedly agree about having a dialogue when my mom and sister come to eat a holiday meal at our house we have great conversations over the veggie meals me and my boyfriend cook and my family doesn’t have to lift a finger which makes them more receptive to what I’m saying.

  • Jolee Edmondson says:

    I recently went to a holiday party at my neighbor’she invited everyone in our cul de sac. When he brought out the meat tray I said “Oh I think I’ll skip thatI’m a vegetarian.” A couple of women looked at me with shock and rolled their eyes. But you know I didn’t care. I was proud of myself for having had the courage to speak up. Since I’m a slender healthylooking woman perhaps they’ll get the message that a veg diet is good for you. That was my objective To get them to start thinking about what they eat.

  • Dana says:

    Susannah S Thank you very much for pointing out the CSI episode we normally watch this show but lately so many reruns are coming on I probably would not have even flipped it to that channel. I also say kudos to CSI producers that was a great look into the other down falls that come with dog fighting. All the human crime issues everyone wants PETA to pay attention to were covered in this one show….accept the left out the fact that most of these dog fights are attended by children. So with all the talk of VICKs charitable donations to the Boys Girls clubs make sure you add funding murderers drugs weapons and abuse to that list….He donated to turn young children into criminals geez what a guy………….I am glad that this show followed suit and kept dog fighting in the mind of their views after the Vick court date was over. We all need to follow the lead and not let dog fighting go back to hiding behind close doors……

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Jack I think PETA should use Amy in a PSA. Very cute long dark hair vegan culinary expertdid I mention long dark hair already…?

  • Susannah S says:

    After enjoying these vegan recipes you may want to check out “CSI” tonight Thursday at 900 on CBS. It’s a show about dogfighting.

  • Tamara says:

    Jaclyn And he’s kinda cute too don’t ya think??

  • Tamara says:

    Yeah I love the first letter… “let’s all gather round the tv at Christmas and watch animals being tortured and slaughtered. It’s be better than “Christmas Vacation””. Sorry just my sick sense of humor… I have not been able to convince my family of meatless meals at holiday times. And sadly I admit to actually eating a bite of turkey to go along with the crowd. I don’t care what they do this year well ok I do but I know if they put it on the table I don’t have to eat it. And I’m not this year I just cannot go against my principles any more. And I also will explain why It’s a start…

  • Jaclyn says:

    Jack you’re hilarious!

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