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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How do we love you Mary Lawrence?

There are so many ways and just in time for No-Turkey Day!

The Woodbridge Library says it is proud to offer a cooking class,“Vegan Cooking for the Holidays” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. (hurray for the Woodbridge Library!)

Chef Mary Lawrence will "help solve the age-old problem of what to serve a vegetarian for Thanksgiving."

The class will teach you how to celebrate "the holiday season with a harvest feast of vegetables, fruits and baked goods that everyone will enjoy," organizers said.

That includes ideas for appetizers, seasonal side dishes and delectable desserts that are all free of animal products, including eggs, dairy and, of course, turkey, organizers said. (you can't beat that!)

The event will include learning how to prepare a winter vegetable chowder with spiced toasted pepitas "that's perfect for a chilly evening or holiday celebration."

The program is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

To register or for more information, call 389-3433, stop by the library Circulation Desk, or email

Chef Mary Lawrence is the owner of Well on Wheels, LLC, a vegan personal chef service providing organic whole foods meals prepared in clients' homes, group cooking classes and private lessons. Lawrence has taught at the Connecticut Culinary Institute, Wild Oats Market and numerous adult education programs in Hartford and New Haven counties. She has been a featured guest on WTNH TV's Noon News, and more.

She is a contributor to the Friends of Animals' cookbook, 'The Best of Vegan Cooking (2009)', and in 2007 she published her first cookbook, 'Quick and Easy Vegan Cuisine.' Mary Lawrence maintains a nutrition counseling practice at the Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health in Guilford.


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