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SMORGASBORD: Tcho-colate habit . . . Vegan delights . . . EZ grilling

Tcho-colate habit Tcho-A-Day 30 suggests self-medication by chocolate: 14 individually wrapped dark chocolate squares (0.28 ounces each) prescribed for "inspiration, happy heart, coping, focus, optimism and even euphoria." Buy the one-month suppl...

Tcho-A-Day 30
Tcho suggests self medication by chocolate. (McClatchy Tribune)

Tcho-colate habit

Tcho-A-Day 30 suggests self-medication by chocolate: 14 individually wrapped dark chocolate squares (0.28 ounces each) prescribed for "inspiration, happy heart, coping, focus, optimism and even euphoria."

Buy the one-month supply bottle for $20 or a "Discover the Flavors" pack of four 60-gram bars for $21, on tcho.com.

Vegan delights

Vegan celebs from Natalie Portman to new convert Ellen DeGeneres have made the plant-based life glam. But do they ever see the inside of a kitchen? A bumper crop of new vegan cookbooks gets you cooking whether you're famous or your average vegan Joe.

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-- Tal Ronnen, the chef who cooked for Oprah during her 21-day vegan cleanse, has written "The Conscious Cook" (Morrow, $29.99). His book is elegant, recipes ambitious, requiring time and ingredients such as seitan, kombu (a sea veggie) and nutritional yeast (a cheesy-tasting vegan yeast fortified with B-12). They're at natural food stores and come together in dishes like free-form ravioli with tofu ricotta and arugula pesto -- luscious but laborious, like other Ronnen recipes.

-- Dynise Balcavage's "The Urban Vegan," (Three Forks, $16.95) is less fussy, more funky, with vegan versions of sophisticated eats. It also requires specialty ingredients, but delectable dishes such as millet-crusted mushroom-leek pie and cherry-chocolate chunk scones are easy to make.

-- Billing itself as a cookbook for real people in the real world, Donna Klein's "Supermarket Vegan" (Penguin, $18.95) pairs canned and frozen ingredients with fresh produce and whole grains. Recipes such as arborio rice salad with black beans and toasted corn may lack innovative flair, but they're fast, easy and made from supermarket ingredients.

EZ grilling

If you're looking to take some of the mess and cleanup out of grilling, the EZ Grill from P&M Products is just for you.

This ready-to-use recyclable instant grill comes with all-natural charcoal (no chemicals, lighter fluid, additives or fillers), so it's healthy for the environment and family. It's totally convenient and portable -- perfect for road trips and picnics. All you do is recycle when done. The grill, which is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, lights with one match and cooks for up to 1½ hours.

The grill is available at Wal-Mart and and www.ezgrill.com for $4.99 for Regular Size (1.81 pounds) and $9.99 for the Party Size (3.31 pounds).

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The EZ Grill
If you're looking to take some of the mess and cleanup out of grilling, the EZ Grill from P&M Products is just for you. (P&M Products)

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