Best Complete Proteins for Vegetarians and Vegans

Best Complete Proteins for Vegans and Vegetarians

Vegetarian complete proteins and vegan complete proteins are an important part of any plant-based diet. You can easily have meat-free, healthy, balanced meals that contain plenty of protein (in the form of 9 essential amino acids) from a variety of vegan and vegetarian-friendly sources. Proteins contain little building blocks of various amino acids. A “complete […]

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The Great Vegan Bean Book Review and Tomato White Bean Soup

Tomato and White Bean Soup

One of the great things about being a food writer is meeting other amazing people whose purpose and passion is centered around food. One of the people I’ve been lucky enough to become friends with during my food adventures is Kathy Hester, one of my favorite people in the world of food, blogger at Healthy […]

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How to Clean Your Cast Iron

Cast Iron Cleaning 4

I’m often asked about how I clean and maintain my cast iron. It is really much more simple than you might think, and is just as easy to maintain as pots and pans you throw in the dishwasher. I greatly increased my cast iron stash recently and purchased a pretty impressive set from Lodge Cast […]

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Best of St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Round-Up

Market window in Ireland with Lean Ham and Rooster Potatoes known for great taste and cooking quality. "Washed" potatoes have good shape and are usually smooth with less eyes and blemishes.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays simply because I’m Irish and the holiday gives me the perfect reason to cook good Irish food. Below are a few of the best Irish themed recipes I’ve created over the past few years. Since my kitchen is still in its final remodeling stages, I wasn’t […]

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Strawberry Season Recipe Round-Up


Strawberry season is the perfect time of year, and strawberries are my all time favorite fruit. A friend of mine pretty much summed it up with, “I love strawberries because they’re awesome.” Yep, I totally agree. I’ve posted recipes for a few strawberry goodies on this site: Sweet & Savory Strawberry Salad, Strawberry Shortcake Muffins […]

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Best of Easter Round-Up

Easter Bunny and Violets

One of the best parts of being a food blogger is getting to know so many wonderful people who also happen to be excellent cooks. Because I travel frequently, I don’t always have enough time to make the foods I’d like for a given holiday. This Easter is one of those busy times. Luckily, I’m […]

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Best Mardi Gras Recipe Round-Up

Mardi Gras

Laissez les bons temps rouler – Let the good times roll! Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! It’s officially Mardi Gras and the South is atwitter with the merriment of the day. Mardi Gras dates back to Spring pagan celebrations of the ancient Romans, and evolved over time to become the last celebration before the beginning of […]

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Mindful Eating Shopping List


I recently posted about a Mindful Eating Plan I created for myself and am implementing for the next month. Below is a list of foods that meet that plan, and that I’ve been eating the past week. I’ll start posting recipes for Mindful Eating that will be designated with an “ME” in the title. You […]

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My Article in Edible Louisville – Hurrah!


The January/February 2012 edition of Edible Louisville is out and I am totally stoked because yours truly was given the wonderful opportunity to write an article for the publication. The article focuses on the Kentucky Food Bloggers, a group I joined last year that writes about the love of food and farming across the Bluegrass […]

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One Month of Mindful Eating

Veggies and Fruit

I love food (I mean, hello, you’ve seen this blog). The idea of not eating what I want when I want seems abysmal. I’ve never dieted (the mere word makes me cringe). However, I so want to eat more mindfully for the next month and see what happens and how I feel. There are numerous […]

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    On this site I share my bottomless passion for good food, big adventures and green spaces. You can learn more about my wellness programming, cooking and gardening classes and Ayurvedic offerings here.

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