what’s working – back in the kitchen

I received several vegan cookbooks for Christmas. I am not interested in going vegan (dude. I LOVE cottage cheese. And yogurt. And cheese in general.), but vegetarian-at-home is something that I can get on board with. I think that, because there isn’t the flavor profile of meat, vegetarian cooking is often more flavorful and complex. Also, with my lack of time available to spend in the kitchen, it seems like vegetarian cooking is either quicker or requires less attention. Often both!

I still love meat, though. And I am more than happy to eat it when someone else is cooking it for me.

For the first three weeks of the year, I was meal planning out of the two green Happy Herbivore cookbooks. And this kitten is my constant “helper.” So it was only fitting that she would help me with this picture.

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They have all been beautiful and tasty.

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And I couldn’t be more pleased. I am taking my lunch almost every day. I am feeling creative and challenged and pretty stinking happy. I even created two recipes of my very own last week. Ricotta-stuffed mushroom caps and Buffalo Mac and Beans!

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And this week? I’m branching out again – thanks to a Christmas gift card to Joseph Beth. I’m not sure how I didn’t know about Isa Chandra Moskowitz, but we are about to become best friends. I’ll keep you posted!

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So what other vegetarian/vegan goddesses do I not know about yet?



  1. Hugh Fearnley-Whittlingstall’s River Cottage Veg Everyday!, I love that book and even if you don’t use recipes browsing it helps me be more creative about what I cook! I’ve also just got Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem and it’s not a vegetarian book but has loads of veggie recipes in it and is another good place for inspiration.

  2. THis is nothing ground breaking as she is pretty popular but Angela’s Oh She Glows site is amazing. Her baked maple lentils beans are amazing – I actually just threw it all in a pot and slow cooked them that way. Tons of great sauces like a smoky butternut squash one you can use on veggies, rice or pasta.

  3. I miss your food blog so much! I had Pumpkin Scones bookmarked and then Growl In My Tummy went away…thankfully I printed a copy out. This stuff all looks amazing!

    I realize that I did not answer your question or contribute anything meaningful to the discussion 🙂

    • For me? I think it is about getting a wider variety of food in my daily diet. I was really in a rut, and this is definitely breaking me out of that. Meat + veggie + carb got really old for me.

      Since I’m not doing this for ethical reasons, I really love the “at home” component. I don’t require special treatment in restaurants or other homes. I don’t have to read the label of my Worchestershire sauce. And, hot damn, did the bison patty I had two weeks ago taste fantastic. It makes our weekly dinner out even more exciting.

      On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM, my radical commitment

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