Last winter my friend Kylea went veg for a full month to see if it would be an experiment that she could sustain for her family. She's one of those people who inspire you in many ways. I admire her for being more balanced than most, not just going out and buying organic veggies, but growing them in her own backyard, and for being one of the sweetest moms and wives I have met. It had never occurred to me to be a vegan before she did it. The concept seemed too difficult even though I had spent many years as a vegetarian. Once I started reading this summer about why a vegan diet is beneficial, I remembered her experiment. We began talking about recipes and what her successes were previously. It's so nice to have a friend to talk with about vegan recipes who doesn't think I'm a total weirdo. In the past few months, she has gone vegan again, but this time has taken her whole family along for the ride as well. She has started a new blog called Veganizing, where she has totally blown me away with the variety of items she has been cooking. Tonight I tried the recipe for Chickpea Cutlets. They were really yummy! While the texture is not exactly like chicken, the crispy outside gives you the same satisfaction. I multiplied the recipe by one and one half because one can of chickpeas equals about 1 1/2 cups rather than 1 cup that the recipe calls for. I still only used 1/4 cup of vital wheat gluten even though I one and a halved the recipe. I agree with Kylea that this ingredient is better used in smaller quantities. Oh, and by the way, wear an apron for goodness sake! This little suckers will pop you with hot oil if you're not careful. Check out Kylea's blog. I'm so impressed with all she's done in such a short time!