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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!!!

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e171/ginsoak/vegetables2.jpg

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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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.

how cool storm! i hope you meet some cool peeps!

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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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Ugh..how can you eat raw mushrooms???  Ick, uck poo.....

Bottom pic, what is the veggie on the right? 

What/where is "Earth Origins"

Glad to hear you had a great time at the pot luck.  I took a road trip to Sarasota and had lunch at Mi Peublo....they have a raw organic menu and the tacos were real good.  I did have mine with a corn tortilla but the insides were raw and raw foodist could have ordered theirs with a kale (or some other green wrap).....http://www.mipueblomexican.com/en/organic.html    $14.00 for lunch, which is less than I spend at Leafy Greens when I get a tea and/or a smoothie/juice.

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dear tweets, you glowing god:

raw mushrooms are awesome weirdo, especially in salad <3

and those are peas far right silly :)

much love,

well behaved amy :)

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dear tweets, you glowing god:

raw mushrooms are awesome weirdo, especially in salad <3

and those are peas far right silly :)

much love,

well behaved amy :)

 Duh, they do look like peas.  You know I thought they looked liked slices of asparagus spears.  Probably because I was craving asparagus and just bought some.  :)

Not sure about that the well behaved part though....something about pooping quotations...LOL...don't ever change....... :)>>>

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Earth Origins is what Nature's Finest has changed its name to, corner of Central and 66th.  They had fresh peas there for a couple of months and I indulged heavily and am sad to see them go. 
Are you going to be at the Farmer's Market tomorrow Tweets?  I love opening day at the market!
:)

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Earth Origins is what Nature's Finest has changed its name to, corner of Central and 66th.  They had fresh peas there for a couple of months and I indulged heavily and am sad to see them go. 
Are you going to be at the Farmer's Market tomorrow Tweets?  I love opening day at the market!
:)

I just realized a week or so ago they changed names and I forgot.  Duh.

I'm not a huge fan of peas, but fresh raw peas are the best way to eat them if you must.  Canned peas are the devils food.

I was missing the market, but can't make it today as I need to run to Bradenton right after yoga, but will definately be making it a part of my Saturday routine every other Saturday when I'm off.

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I forgot that I had taken a picture of my raw tea "sandwiches" at home, before I went to the potluck where I forgot to take food pictures.  It's kind of fuzzy though.
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/VegWeb/008-9.jpg

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What's in there, Storm?  Looks delish!

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It's a cashew and sun-dried tomato paste with some garlic, basil, and olive oil and slice roma tomatoes. 

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Raw black-eyed pea salad (I had to use frozen organic corn because I can't find fresh organic corn and conventionally grown corn is highly likely to be GM).
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Raw brussel sprout and hazelnut salad.
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Most of my last two weeks has been high raw but usually broken up by beans or tofu.

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