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Raw Chit-Chat!

Hi everyone!

I'm planning on going raw for the entire month of August and I thought it would be great if we had a raw chit chat spot! I know a lot of other vegwebbers have expressed interest in either eating raw or going raw--so maybe we can help each other out here! I'm a total noob when if comes to raw, but I'm hoping my 30 day experiment will turn me into a master class raw veganist! I will be blogging everyday during August and posting pics and recipes of what I am eating--should be some great stuff plus all the "Raw Blogs" will be public!

I already have a bunch of questions! Can anyone help?

Raw milk--are there any store brands out there or do I have to make my own? Any super simple recipes for nut milk?
Dried sea weed (like wakame) how long do you soak it for?
I don't have a dehydrator and 150 is the lowest setting on my oven--how can I dry/toast oats, etc. and still have them be raw?
How the heck do I make sun tea?

OK then! That's what I got for now--I hope this can be a great place for raw info!!!

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The salad is simple, but this raw salad dressing RAWKS!  It is my new favorite raw thing!  :)>>>

http://www.rawmazing.com/heirloom-tomato-corn-and-avocado-salad-w-chipotle-dressing/

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Have been about 75% raw since veggie garden took over the world. I put it out in the dog kennel, for extra, already present bunny and deer protection. Now I can't even open the gate to the kennel. Veggies are everywhere. I seriously underestimated how much squash and cucumbers and lettuce I was planting. Peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, squash, cataloupes EVERYWHERE, as quick as I pick 5 foot-long squash or cukes there are 5 more the next day. Subsequently this has given me a chance to explore a more raw diet for the past few weeks. Also, I have been getting creative sneaking these veggies into Banjo's (my dog's) diet. Verdict so far: 2 thumbs up from me, 4 paws up from Bange, although I think he is gratuitously positioning for a belly rub.

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That's awesome, Charile!  I'm jealous of your garden.  Mine is down to chile peppers, eggplant, okra, and sunflowers.  It's too hot here for tomatoes to set fruit and my squashes and cukes all succumbed to powdery mildew early last month.  It's okay though, because in September I can start seeding my fall crop....I love my year-round growing season.

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I love my year-round growing season.

Ah, see...now I'm jealous.

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charlie that's rad! i am so jealous... i have no yard  :'(

storm, thanks for the link and that blog! i printed out the recipe and can't wait to try it!

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My garden is really starting to get going now so soon I should be eating primarily out of my garden. That means I'll have blackberries, cucumbers, basil, parsley, tomatoes, green beans (I cook these though), zucchini, eggplant, 2 types of hot peppers, bell peppers, mustard greens, lettuce, swiss chard, lavender if it will bloom, broccoli, leeks and maybe some dill, cilantro and spring onions. I have more planted but I'm not sure if it's going to grow. I will also be having a garden harvest swap with my friend in a week or two. Not sure what I'll be getting from that, I'll report back when we've done it. I can't wait, I love eating out of my garden!

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My garden is really starting to get going now so soon I should be eating primarily out of my garden. That means I'll have blackberries, cucumbers, basil, parsley, tomatoes, green beans (I cook these though), zucchini, eggplant, 2 types of hot peppers, bell peppers, mustard greens, lettuce, swiss chard, lavender if it will bloom, broccoli, leeks and maybe some dill, cilantro and spring onions. I have more planted but I'm not sure if it's going to grow. I will also be having a garden harvest swap with my friend in a week or two. Not sure what I'll be getting from that, I'll report back when we've done it. I can't wait, I love eating out of my garden!

that is so awesome!

you can eat eggplant raw?

you like mustard greens? i juiced them once and thought they were awful!

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I don't like eggplant so I won't be eating that. I love mustard greens, I don't think I've ever had a green that I don't like. I've been adding them to my salads lately to add a spicy accent.

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heres what Ive been mixing of late; pint blueberries, tbsp coffee bean, tbsp cacao, tbsp or more oats, frozen banana, mango, soaked almonds, rehydrated goji berries.. other things if im fancy.

avo, mango, kale does the trick too.

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I've been giving my juicer and my Ninja a workout!  RAWR!

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I've been giving my juicer and my Ninja a workout!  RAWR!

Right on, sistah! Throw some habeneros into that juice too! DAYUM! Really gets me firing on all 3 cylinders ;)

It's true: the more raw you eat, the more you want.

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I've been buying tons of fresh peas at Earth Origins so my salads have been full-o-peas! :)
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Damn that all looks freaking good, Storm. Om nom nom nom!

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i totally want your salads... but i can't imagine them without slathering on a boatload of vegan ranch... dangit!

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Ain't nothing wrong with a little vegan ranch and I'd be a liar if I said I didn't do that once in a while!

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you sure make purdy salads <3 i love salads and eat a salad everyday :) i've never had a kalmata olive before, only black and green (bleh green in salad)... are they worth the extra $$$ ?

do you grow your own sprouts? i do :)

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I love Kalamatas and I personally think they are worth the extra, but they are nothing like black olives and some claim them to be an "acquired taste".  My daughter hates them.  I do grow my own sprouts, but also occasionally have to buy them when I get caught short.

In other news, I'm heading to my first raw pot luck at Leafy Greens Cafe this Sunday!   :)

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how cool storm! i hope you meet some cool peeps at the potluck!

i am gonna try kalmatas soon i like weird things :)

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OMG, the potluck was so awesome!  I was afraid I'd get there and be the novice and I turned out to be the freaking expert!  Go figure.  I really don't consider myself to be an expert, just somewhat knowledgeable, but everybody freaked over my raw chili and tea sandwiches and I got put in the hot seat for raw questions.   I met the restaurant owner and she was so nice and we had so much in common, we've already exchanged cell numbers.  Sadly, I was so busy meeting new people and chatting it up that I totally forgot to take food pictures.  I'll have to remember to do that next month.

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