It’s a tale as old as time. Girl meets boy. Boy is charming (Girl’s not bad either…let’s be fair). He doesn’t mind that she’s a vegetarian and she doesn’t mind that he’s a carnivorous bow hunter, because it’s love.
Fast forward, and it’s still love, but it’s also a game of kitchen compromise. The girl has swallowed some chewy chicken, the boy has choked down some over-cooked brussels sprouts, but both are open to walking the line between veggie and beast to find a balance that results in some seriously tasty food.
I started this blog in November 2011 as an outlet for my food obsession, ever-evolving love of food photography, and constant desire to be writing. The result has become more fun, challenging, and rewarding than I ever expected. When reading this blog, expect a good mix of hearty vegetarian meals that even skeptical carnivores (like the Beast) will love, plenty of vegan and gluten-free recipes, indulgent sweet treats, and a bunch of random jabber, because that’s how I roll.
The Veggie, Summarized
I (Katie,”the veggie”) have been a vegetarian since the age of three simply because it “grosses me out,” and yes, that’s about the same wording I’ve used for the twenty-some years since. I love to cook, I love to bake, and I love to drink wine while doing both of these things. If you read this blog, you can expect a lot of jabber about all of the above.
By day, I’m a project manager at a digital media company. By night, I come home and immediately start making…something. I wish I could say it’s always something awesome and delicious and we all live happily ever after eating crumpets (p.s.- crumpets? weird, I know, it just felt right), but every once in a while things run amok. I won’t post those sub-par recipes here, because I’d rather act as though I’m an infallible cook, but I’m really just someone who likes to throw things together and see what happens. When it works out, I’ll let you know.
Other than cooking random things and bathing my hands in butter and sugar, I like to take pictures (no, not always of food), write (no, not always about food), be healthy (I understand the irony here), and exercise, but not in the running kind of way (aka migraine-inducing torture that makes me whiny).
The Beast, Summarized
The boy, (Ryan,”the beast”) is my polar food-opposite. An avid hunter of deer, turkey, and the occasional squirrel that irritated the wrong guy, he has no food fears (except the aforementioned brussels sprouts). I’m lucky that he will at least TRY everything I make. He’s not super picky, and throws around the word “phenomenal” loosely while eating, which just encourages me to make even more random stuff.
You’ll probably catch on quickly that we’re both huge nerds. When we aren’t cooking, we’re probably playing Boggle, having random dance parties, or watching documentaries (/he watches while I play Boggle). He’s also introduced me to the outdoors-y world, which is quite a feat considering my not-so nature-centric upbringing (I still have yet to go camping. Ever).
As you can probably guess, I’m much more of a food person than he is, so I tend to make more than we can/should eat. Fortunately, I have eager coworkers and family members, so my food rarely goes to waste.
When something is REALLY good (read: Dirty Cupcakes), the freezer has plenty of space. :)
So there you go, that’s the gist. I do my darndest to post at least once per week, because it’s really my sanity in this surprisingly busy world of a mid(-late) 20s girl.
Thank you for being here! I hope you stay around, and if you have any awesome food ideas for me, let me know.
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