Why A Blog?

I’ve never created or maintained a blog or a website before, so I’m still figuring out how to use the software to design what I have in my mind. It’s coming together in small steps, so please be patient and keep checking back.

I was a decent home cook with meat and dairy, but I never realized how much I relied on them when I cook. It’s been a struggle to find healthy, tasty meals that both my kids and I enjoy. Or they at least tolerate. I decided to start a blog to share my journey along the way and, hopefully, learn from others as well. My goal is to create not just a vegan recipe blog, but an interactive resource website that supports a whole-food, plant based diet. A place where vegans as well as those curious about our diet can find recipes, articles, cookbooks,  on-line food sources and other interesting tidbits I find along the way.

Just to be clear: this is a discovery blog. I am not a chef (and I don’t play one on tv). I’m learning vegan cooking as I go and will post successes and failures and everything in between. I personally learn more from my failures than my successes. With luck, perhaps you’ll learn more from my failures as well!

A bit about my path to vegan-hood:

I stopped eating meat back in 2001. While I would love to claim a new-found empathy for animal life as my motivator, I must confess that it was for purely selfish reasons. Believe it or not, eating meat just started making me nauseous. I swore back then that while I had to give up meat, I loved cheese too much to go vegan. My body conspired against me again. I had been mildly lactose intolerant since my first child was born, but could still tolerate dairy in small amounts. About two years after going vegetarian, my lactose intolerance had progressed to the point where I simply couldn’t eat dairy any longer.

The irony wasn’t lost on me. I realized I now had to ‘eat’ my own words instead of cheese.

Thus started my journey into a world of food without meat or dairy. My family remained omnivores, so my first seven years had very little vegan cooking. Instead I would cook food for them and scrape something together for myself. Occasionally I would cook a vegan meal, but not very often as I wasn’t very good at cooking vegan food that tasted good back then and my family didn’t hesitate to point out that fact. Often.

After my divorce, I informed my kids that they could eat all the meat they wanted at their dad’s house. However, I had spent seven years cooking meat without eating it and I refused to do it anymore. I finally had the opportunity to really play with vegan cooking and I couldn’t wait to start.

I’m a voracious reader and have purchased about a dozen vegetarian and vegan cookbooks over the years. I’m now free to go through them and start playing with tastes, textures and techniques. This blog will include my jaunt through recipes straight from cookbooks as well as my own creations.

I hope you enjoy!

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