You may notice some changes on my Blog.   I just recently started weeding out recipes that include animal products.  If you run across one let me know and I’ll deal with it.   I’m committed to a plant-based diet and all the benefits we can get from following this abundant lifestyle.   In order to put my money where my mouth is so to speak, I just completed the coursework and received a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through eCornell.  It was an eye-opening experience and made me even more confident of my food choices.

The kitchen is still my artist’s gallery of sorts, where thousands of meals have been created and shared.  Growing up a country atmosphere, there was a bountiful garden to enjoy, fruit trees to pick, eggs to gather and livestock to tend. Over the years my skills and culinary tastes have evolved from traditional comfort foods to a more plant-based diet.  Even in our present house, we still garden via container and hydroponics so we still get lots of fresh organic vegetables and herbs.  I enjoy creating recipes, enhancing old ones and I am always on the hunt to improve my skills.

You’ll notice that there are a lot of posts that are quite old – that’s what happens when you start blogging with a camera phone and then let your blog expire on some not so great advice.  I found that I really miss being able to share my cooking experiences with readers so I’m back!  (And with a much better camera so I’m hoping to improve my photography skills also).

A great day for me is a well-stocked pantry, some good movies on the TV and time to cook.  I love the whole process, from shopping great ingredients to dishing up the final product.   I find comfort in chopping ingredients on the handmade cutting board courtesy of my son-in-law.  My husband, Scott diligently tastes throughout the process (he’s a giver) and my dog hangs his paws over the back of the sofa and stares at me the entire time, a little dog-stalker.  I can gaze out over my backyard where all the fresh herbs and veggies grow and really be at peace.  My daughter says I am “a feeder”, and it’s true, that is how I express my love-language, I cook.  Simple…

I do have some definite opinions on some things, I prefer organic although I’m not always willing to pay the extra cost, I get anxiety over the reality of GMO’s, commercial ranching and farming, particularly on the animal product level and I wish more folks would adopt a plant-based diet because I think it’s a healthy and humane choice.  There, enough said!

I hope you find recipes that you enjoy here, and if you don’t, challenge me to produce one.  I’ll certainly try and accommodate a reasonable request…as long as it’s Plant Based.



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