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Superstar VegWebber of the Week: Quintess!

This week's Superstar VegWebber is someone I know we all wish would move in with us (she can bring her adorable sounding daughter too!) and cook every night. Maybe not so much a dream for her but you know? Sacrifices. Of course I'm talking about Quintess (http://vegweb.com/index.php?action=profile;u=69134), our cookbook maven and recipe goddess. Looking at the list of things she does when not on VegWeb, I seriously wonder how she has time to be on VegWeb! But nevermind, we are all the so lucky (and filled with delicious food!) because of it. Check out her excellent answers below and then let her know how wonderful she is and how we're all so excited she's here with us and to please never leave (or take away her recipes!).

VegWebber since? A few years now...

Vegetarian, Vegan or ? Vegan since 1991

Where do you call home? Pagosa Springs, Colorado

What do you do when you're not on VegWeb? Play dominos with my daughter, organize & shoot cooking videos, blog, do yoga, meditate, mail books, exercise, and eat damn good vegan food.

Do you have blog or website? Both. My website is www.RadiantHealth-InnerWealth.com and my blog is www.RHIW.blogspot.com

Do you tweet? Oh yeah. Oooohhhh yeah.

One unique thing we should know about you? I’m a “leap and the net will appear” kind of person. I once went to Hawaii with only $40 and nowhere to stay.

What’s the best thing about being vegan? I really only like it for the amazing health benefits, clear conscience, spiritual benefits, superior-tasting food, and lower impact on the earth. Otherwise, I could take it or leave it.  Wink

Favorite romantic recipe on VegWeb? Uh, romance?

Favorite recipe on VegWeb to make for non-vegans to show them how amazing vegan food can be? Perhaps my recipe for Chocolate Decadence Cake...I have to apologize here, because I don't try too many other recipes. As a cookbook author & long-time caterer, I’m always fiddling w/ my own recipes so I rarely get a chance to try other peeps recipes. Embarrassed

Favorite VegWeb recipe for the holidays? Again, apologies here, but my recipe for Asparagus Phyllo Wraps is on vegweb & a staple for our potlucks. I get in trouble if I don't make them!

Favorite holiday song? Anything by James Taylor. Or on a Peanuts soundrack.

One thing you wish you could make vegan but haven’t succeeded at yet?
Pork rinds. No, just kidding. I'm pretty happy and content in my little vegan kingdom.

#1 Cooking secret/tip? Always use fresh, organic ingredients whenever possible.

Best music to cook by? My daughter, singing her happy asparagus song.

Three people you'd most like to have dinner with? ANY three people that would actually cook for me for a change! Just kidding—I love to cook for people, it’s a joy of mine. Usually. So, I’d choose Ellen DeGeneres, my meditation teacher, and Michael Franti…just not at the same time. Three dinners.

All time favorite restaurant? Chicago Diner. Their raw vegan cheesecakes are insane. You actually have to peel off their little straight jackets before you can have a bite.

French fries or ice cream? I love baked, garlicky French fries. With lots of ketchup and hot sauce!

Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk? I make my own and it’s usually a combination of all three!

Tempeh, tofu or seitan? I’d like to say tempeh because it’s uber-nutritious, but I just looooove tofu. It’s so versatile and always up for new adventures.

Congrats, Quintess!

eta:  I just bought your cookbook!

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Another deserving candidate!  Congratulations Quintess, and good job on the new recipes :)

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congrats!!!  I would definitely barge in on your dinner with Micheal Franti!!!

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Thanks so much!! :)

Erin, your book will go out tomorrow.
Cam, thanks for helping TEST the new recipes! (the pic of you licking the plate is priceless...or so I thought until I sold it for big $$)

And...Oh yeah, you WOULD, lubimiller! We do have the same crush list, so I'm not surprised. ;)

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yay!

cams is great at helping test, esp the "eating" part of the process!

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congrats to you!

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YAY!!! Congrats Quintess!!

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wow yes! love u, your good advice, your great attitude, and well everything about u! u r an inspiration... i hope i grow up to be similar to u one day u seem like an awesome mommy too :) end of rant

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A fantastic and deserving choice!  Way to go Quintess. 

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YAY!!!!!!!!!! Congrats

Also: teach me you crazy ways. Hawaii with only $40?? I need to hear all about it.

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Yay! So well deserved. You're always such a calm, sane voice on here. Love it!

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You guys are SO sweet!!!! XOXOXOXO

Fufuberry, you can hear more about my "leap and the net will appear" craziness on this interview: http://www.thepurplephoenix.com/podcasts/Interview_Tess_Challis.html

p.s. That interview was just after my first edition was published, not second. (Just in case anyone wonders why the cover looks different) :)

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yayyyyy congrats!!

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You guys are SO sweet!!!! XOXOXOXO

Fufuberry, you can hear more about my "leap and the net will appear" craziness on this interview: http://www.thepurplephoenix.com/podcasts/Interview_Tess_Challis.html

p.s. That interview was just after my first edition was published, not second. (Just in case anyone wonders why the cover looks different) :)

are you a sagitarious? (sp?)  I'm very fly by the seat of my pants and hope it all works out too.  Me and a friend went to the biltmore in ashville once with no money.  He hid in the trunk so we could save one of the entrance fees.  And we brought our own pb &j sandwiches.  I went to europe on hardly any money too, not quite as cheap as your hawaii trip though!

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Hey, don't be apologizing for picking your own recipes.....your cookbook is awesome, as are you! ;)b

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Ha, no I'm a cancer. Totally not in Cancer nature to be so non-safety-zone-ish though! I consider many of the risks I've taken to be some of my best life education ever.

Thanks, Storm! You look GREAT btw!

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w00t!

Love you, love your book!  You are awesome!

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YES!
Well deserved....
You are amazing!

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Congratulations Tess!  You're such a great part of the vegweb community.  Your recipes are so yummy!  I've had much fun testing them!

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