Profile ImageI’m S, a manager in a social service agency by day and amateur chef and food writer by night. I was born and raised in Chicago, and now live in an itty-bitty apartment in NYC with my husband, T. Most evenings, you can find me in my 50 square foot kitchen, bent over my beloved red Dutch oven, cooking up a storm and splattering delicious sauces and gravies all over the counters and walls.

After growing up mostly vegetarian, I let curiosity and a desire to be a “normal” Midwestern meat-and-potatoes kind of girl lure me into spending a good chunk of my twenties eating meat.  Over those years, I immersed myself in foodie culture and fell in love with eating. Food became and continues to be how I experience the world—how I tell people I care about them, how I express myself, how I take in a new place, and how I have fun.

Eating animals, though, never really agreed with me on an emotional or physical level and in my late 20s I gradually, almost unconsciously started to slip back into a mostly vegetarian diet. This past winter, with my 30th birthday just beginning to appear over the horizon, I finally found the confidence to listen to the voice in the back of my mind and made the leap into a fully plant-based diet.

And I haven’t looked back. Giving up animal products has re-energized my foodlife in a way that I never expected. Meat eaters always describe the vegan diet as being very “restrictive,” but I’ve actually found it incredibly liberating and exciting.  There are limitless possibilities when it comes to the flavor and textures combinations available in the plant kingdom, it’s just that meat and dairy often get in the way of us being able to appreciate them. I can think of few things more fulfilling and delicious than wild mushroom bouillabaisse, Xi’an Province-style pulled noodles with root vegetables, or baked macaroni and rich cashew cheese, just to name a few.

My hope is for this blog to be inclusive rather exclusive: I will never judge or shame anyone for the way they choose to eat, and I hope my readers will do the same. Whether you’re a long-time vegan or just someone interested in cutting back your intake of animal products, I hope you’ll feel at home here.

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

Happy eating!

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  1. I’d like to follow your blog without going on yet another e-mailing list… is there any way to do that, other than remembering to check here (which I know I won’t, with my memory) 🙂

    • Never mind; after I left that comment, my wordpress frame appeared with a button I clicked to put you in my reader queue.

      The plant-strong community needs a lot more blogs like this one. There’s so much all-or-nothing thinking, and too much extremism from both the Cerebrals and the Passionates (i.e. the people who are stuck on what studies appear to demonstrate, vs. the people who go overboard on testimony and sometimes overlook fact-checking.)

      It’s nice to hear more from people who respect everyone’s right to choose, and understand the power of quiet example. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much for the much support Ani! I’m so flattered that you thought of me! And congrats on your awards! I have a busy week ahead, but will post and nominate in the next few days. 🙂

    • Hi DD. Thanks for trying to follow! My site is a pretty typical WordPress blog, so the follow button should appear in the WordPress bar at the top of your screen like it would with any other WordPress site. I know when another reader, Andi, had the same problem, it corrected itself on its own after a few minutes. Hopefully if you check back in a little bit, the issue will have worked itself out. If not, let me know and I’ll look into it further. P.S. Looking through all your delicious recipes this afternoon gave me a hankering for Caribbean food, and inspired me to whip up a pot of Jamaican curry which is now bubbling on the stove….I’m going to have to try (a veganized version of) your Jerk Chicken and Asparagus Pie soon–it looks absolutely delicious!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and ‘liking’ my Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff. Thought I’d stop by yours too, and WOW! Love the outlay and feel of the whole thing. Planning to follow you and keep up with what you’re posting about. Happy New Year!

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