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Honorable Edward N. Smith, III
Mayor of Marshall, Texas

Mayor Ed Smith

Edward N. Smith, III was born and raised in Marshall, Texas. He is a graduate of Marshall High School.  Upon graduation, he attended Baylor University where he graduated in 1976 receiving a BBA degree, with major in Accounting, and a second major in Marketing.

He began studying Geology while at Baylor, and later, after moving back to Marshall, received Bachelor, and Master of Science degrees in Geology from Centenary College, of Louisiana.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of the United States Paso Fino Horse Association in 1997.  In January he was elected Vice-President of the Paso Fino Horse Association.

On May 6, 2000, he was elected to the City Commission of Marshall, and on May 10, 2001 was chosen Chairman of the Commission, or as is commonly referred to, Mayor of Marshall.  In May 2006, he was re-elected to his fourth term, continuing to serve as Mayor.  During this present term in office, Mayor Smith has had the opportunity to meet many vegan health experts including Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Mayor Smith will share his inspiration for going vegan almost 3 years ago in this exclusive interview reserved only for Go Vegan Texas!  He is the first, and only, vegan Mayor in the State of Texas!  Be among the first to hear his story before it's released to other news media sources!  

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Bahar (Bazu) 
Author of the Vegan Blog "Where's the Revolution?"

Bahar Vegan Blogger

"What I wanted to explore was how, in the face of such real suffering and injustice in this world, we could begin to make a difference. I truly believe that actions that can at times seem minute, such as the food choices that we make, the choice of what cosmetic or cleaning products to buy, the relationships that we establish in our community and in the broader world, can affect real change in the world. In that sense, this is a blog about green living in general-- animal rights and veganism, environmentalism, awareness, and justice." --Bahar (Bazu), author of "Where's the Revolution?"
*Recipient of the "Creative Blogger Award"
*Nominated for "Best Food Blog" in the Blogger's Choice Awards
Author of the the Vegan Blog "The Conscious Kitchen"

Emilie Conscious Kitchen

"The Conscious Kitchen is named such because it is a place where food is given a great deal of thought. I want to be, above all, thoughtful and aware in my eating and cooking. I hope that this is a concerned, compassionate, active, engaged and reflective place, full of delicious food and free of animal products. Not to be mushy, but-I eat for peace, I cook for love, I think about food as a means to connect and I use this forum as a means of extending my table-the food on it, the work behind it, the thoughts about it, the fun and the flavor too."
--Emilie, author of "The Conscious Kitchen"
*Nominated for "Best Food Blog" in the Blogger's Choice Awards
with our in-studio guest & co host   Amanda Mariano
Author of the Vegan Blog "Walking the Vegan Line"

Amanda Vegan Blogger

"I am relatively new to veganism, one year and counting as of August 2007. The purpose of this blog is to document my experiences, challenges, and victories with vegan life."
--Amanda, author of "Walking the Vegan Line"    In addition documenting her vegan experiences in "the land of barbeques, rodeo, and meat-eating Republicans" , Amanda is a Geologist.  She is also the Treasurer for Society of P.E.A.C.E. and very active in helping produce community & special events for the group in Houston.   Amanda's blog has an extensive list of links to vegan blogs from around the world!  Here are a few Texas blogs which are linked on her website:  
Eat'n Veg'n (Austin): http://eatnvegn. blogspot. com
Chocolate Covered Vegan (Dallas): http://howtogainwei ghtonavegandiet. blogspot. com
Don't Lose Your Lunch (Houston): http://dontloseyour lunch.blogspot. com
Raised on Sunshine (Dallas): http://raisedonsuns hine.blogspot. com

Some delicious Vegan Blog recipes we'll be sampling in the KPFT studios today...

  From "Walking the Vegan Line"

Amanda blog recipe

Almond Puff 1/2 cup non-dairy butter, softened
1 cup flour
2 T water
1/2 cup non-dairy butter
1 cup water
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup flour
egg replacer equivalent to 3 eggs (I was pretty generous with the Ener-G egg)

Preheat oven to 350. Cut 1/2 c. butter into 1 c. flour. Sprinkle 2T water over mixture and mix with a fork. Form into a ball and divide in half. On an ungreased cookie sheet, pat each half into a 12x3 inch strip. Strips should be 3 inches apart.
In a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 c. butter and 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and quickly stir in almond extract and 1 c. flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Beat in egg replacer until smooth. Divide in half and spread evenly over strips, covering completely. Bake 60 minutes. Cool and frost with glaze, sprinkle with pecans.

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 T non-dairy butter, softened
1 - 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 - 2 T warm water

From "Where's the Revolution?"

Bazu's Banana Choc PB muffins

Bazu's Whole Grain is O.K. After All Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter muffins
(adapted from recipe in the October 2006 issue of VegNews magazine)

Ingredients: (makes 6 muffins)

2.5 TB Earth Balance margarine, slightly softened
1.5 TB all natural peanut butter
1/4 Cup unrefined sugar (I used Florida Crystals)
1 Cup whole spelt flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1.2 oz. dark chocolate bar, smashed to pieces (or 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 very ripe banana, smashed
1/4 Cup soymilk (I used unsweetened)


    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. (I used a toaster oven, since I was just using a 6 cup muffin pan)

    Using a fork, mix margarine, peanut butter, and sugar until well incorporated

    In a seperate bowl, mix banana, vanilla, and soymilk until well blended and set aside

    Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda to margarine/PB/ sugar mixture and mix

    Add liquid mixture to this, mixing until well incorporated

    Gently fold in chocolate pieces

    Divide batter among 6 muffin tins, and bake 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

    Cool on wire racks.


Honorable Edward N. Smith, III Mayor of Marshall, Texas

P.O. Drawer V
Marshall, Texas 75671
Telephone: 903-935-5232
email: Commissioners/Ed_Smith_xDistrict_7x/ 
Bahar/Bazu Author of "Where's the Revolution?" email:

Emilie Author of "The Conscious Kitchen" email:

Amanda  Mariano Author of "Walking the Vegan Line" email:

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