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The Shannons met almost a decade ago when they were both campaigners at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He was advocating for a better world for chickens, and she was exposing the cruelty behind the big top. It only took a couple of years, a new job, and a few moves up and down the East Coast for them to fall in love. In hindsight, Annie and Dan were in a truly ridiculous state of denial. The common wisdom went like this: so you visit each other on the weekends; take road trips together; email every day; talk on the phone for hours; flirt shamelessly; and you’re “just friends?” One can see why people were skeptical. But that’s the thing—they WERE just friends. They weren’t playing mind games, or getting off on the pent-up sexual tension, or just trying to get in each other’s pants. They were just two people who genuinely enjoyed each other’s company more than anyone else’s. That was it. And that simple joy of being together remains the foundation for their relationship to this day. Most people who know them know that life didn't make it easy for them to be together; but since they finally got to have the relationship they always wanted, they’ve become the definition of happiness, home, love and family. Basically, their love story is the definition of an epic romance: with the witty banter of a Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy romantic comedy; the passion stubbornness, and romantic misunderstandings of a Shakespearean courtship; the nail-biting anticipation and undeniable chemistry of Mulder and Scully; and of course, two spoiled kittens. And now this blog: We hope you’ll follow along with the Shannons as they veganize The Betty Crocker Cookbook, have lots of nerd-tastic adventures, and enjoy the easy domestic bliss of compassionate living. You can also find blog entries by Annie Shannon on the blog of In Defense of Animals : , where she is the Manager of Online Communications.

Blog Entries by Meet The Shannons

NYC gets Vegucated!

Meet The Shannons | October 20, 11 at 10:06 AM | Animals, Celebrities, Food, Lifestyle

Read More: activism, Bizzaro Cartoons, documentary, education, events, factory farming, Girlie Girl Army, movies, New York City, outreach, vegan

It's a scientific fact that for centuries, New York City has attracted a higher percentage of the most talented and creative people in the world than the original York (or as some might call it, Old York City). When we moved...

The Betty Crocker Project : Siesta Taco Soup

Meet The Shannons | September 14, 11 at 12:46 PM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: Tacos

Some of you have been wondering where the frak we've been, and it's justified. I mean, seriously, it's been a week and we've been completely and unforgivably MIA. It really is a fair question to ask of bloggers who...

The Betty Crocker Project : Siesta Taco Soup

Meet The Shannons | September 14, 11 at 12:46 PM

Read More: Beans, Bragg Liquid Amino Acids, Daiya, Fall, Slow Cooker, Soup, Spicy, Tacos, Vegan, Vegan Cheese

Some of you have been wondering where the frak we've been, and it's justified. I mean, seriously, it's been a week and we've been completely and unforgivably MIA. It really is a fair question to ask of bloggers who...

Come & Get It! Our Top 15 Favorite Vegan Recipes for Picnic & BBQ Season!

Meet The Shannons | May 27, 11 at 11:44 AM | Animals, Food, Green, Lifestyle

Read More: BBQ, bean salad, beer, burgers, companion animal, cornbread, cupcakes, Daiya vegan cheese, Field Roast, gardein, Marshmallows, parties, pasta salad, peanut butter, picnic, plates, potluck, Rice Crispy Treats, tofu, Tofurky

Howdy Partner! (Just kidding; I won't write this whole thing cowboy-style.) Let's get serious here, because we're about to talk about something I take very seriously... POTLUCKS! See, planning a really amazing group dining event combines art with mathematics, originating...

The Betty Crocker Project : Fresh Berry & Tea Tart & Announcing THE CLEAN LIVING CONTEST!

Meet The Shannons | March 23, 11 at 09:36 AM

Read More: animal rights, animal testing, baking, Berries, blueberries, citrus, cleaning, contest, Fresh Fruit, Home, Meet The Shannons, pies, raspberries, strawberries, tarts, tea, The Betty Crocker Project

I love this time of year, the dogwood tree outside my office window starts to get little bright green buds. Daffodils and crocuses are sprouting up throughout the neighborhood and the grocery stores are full of fresh berries. Berry stands...

Fat Tuesday Fried Pickles & The Homemade Vegan Mardi Gras

Meet The Shannons | February 28, 11 at 11:31 AM | Food

Read More: BBQ, Betty Crocker, Cajun, Food, Meet The Shannons, Ranch Dressing, Southern, The Betty Crocker Project

Tomorrow is the infamous Fat Tuesday. People all over the world will be doing this and this. We're super married, so we're going to have our own little Homemade Vegan Mardi Gras, and start it all off with these babies....

The Betty Crocker Project : The Vegan Pudding-Palooza!

Meet The Shannons | July 27, 10 at 06:46 AM | Food

Read More: Betty Crocker, Betty Crocker Cookbook, chocolate, dessert, desserts, Meet The Shannons, pudding, snacks, vanilla, Vegan, vegan food

I learned something new about my marriage recently: one of Dan's favorite desserts is pudding! Luckily, I can make some pretty tasty vegan puddings! !At Meet The Shannons, we recently asked folks on Facebook and Twitter what flavor of vegan...

Special Edition : Jambalaya and a tribute to Cafe Bamboo

Meet The Shannons | June 28, 10 at 09:37 AM

Read More: Cajun, Creole, Jambalaya, Louisiana, Restaurants, sausage, Seafood, Southern, spicy, Vegan, vegan foods

We recently heard some sad news. Dan and I went to New Orleans for our honeymoon last summer and it was pretty hot, Dan caught a cold and we saw alligators. Basically, We had an amazing time in one of...

The Betty Crocker Project : Vegan Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce

Meet The Shannons | June 10, 10 at 05:34 AM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: Crab, faux, Mock Meat, sauce, Seafood, summer, vegan, vegan BBQ, vegan food, veganism

Until I lived in Virginia, I was really not aware of what can only be called The Chesapeake Bay Crab Cake Phenomenon. It's impossible to ignore all the crab themed items littering every store along this coastline. Aprons, cereal bowls,...

Betty Crocker meets The Shannons

Meet The Shannons | April 27, 10 at 06:37 AM | Food

Read More: American cuisine, Betty Crocker, Betty Crocker Cookbook, casseroles, cookbooks, Cooking, Home, Julia Child, Milk, mock meat, recipes, vegan meals, Veganism, Vegetarian

We recently saw the movie Julie & Julia. Being armchair chefs ourselves, it's surprising it took us so long to see a movie about a book about a normal person finding her way through Julia Child's classic cookbook in a...