March 5, 2014
The best vegetarian dining experience in Bellingham is without a doubt at Pepper Sisters. But this post is not a restaurant review. (If you wish it was a restaurant review, wander on over here: 10 Reasons to Love Pepper Sisters.) This post is, however, about a recipe inspired by one of Pepper Sister’s most unique side dishes. Like any good joint serving southwest cuisine, they have the standard beans and rice, of course, but they also have something you don’t see very often: posole. It’s hominy cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with the most wonderful chewy texture. Continue Reading →
February 19, 2014
I am a food blogger and Nutella is my muse. At least some of the time, anyway. Usually before noon. It has been this way since the beginning of Veg Girl RD. In fact my third ever blog post was an ode to this creamy brown stuff. That was two years ago and it’s still hanging on as one of my most popular posts on the site.
There are others like me. I see the make-your-own Nutella recipes and chocolate-hazelnut-inspired Pinterest pages. I see the bucket-sized containers of it at Costco. But, despite the company’s best advertising efforts to convince you otherwise, it isn’t exactly health food, so I’m most inspired by those trying to create a healthier version, either commercially or in their home kitchen. I’m always ready and willing to try a new product or recipe so I can be sure I’ve sampled all of the possibilities. Continue Reading →
February 5, 2014
You have to work a little harder to eat enough fruit in the winter. At least I do. Fresh citrus is available, but I find myself relying on frozen fruit at breakfast more and more, especially since I’m in a smoothie routine. Even if I don’t get a workout every morning, my blender sure does.
Frigid temperatures are the norm in Bellingham this week, courtesy of an air mass from the Yukon. So, sharing recipes for cold drinks might seem a bit out-of-place. But what better time to dream of summer and sunshine and lemonade and fresh peaches? My wishful thinking and I are about 6 months ahead of schedule, I know, but maybe I can get myself to August one day at a time with the help of this summery concoction: Peach Lemon Cream Smoothie. Continue Reading →
January 20, 2014
I’ve never been much of a wine drinker. Just like beer, it tastes bitter and terrible to my tongue. So, I essentially never drink alcohol which seems strange to some, I know. When I mentioned this habit, or lack of one, to a class recently (they already knew I was a vegetarian), a bewildered student asked, “But if you don’t eat meat or get drunk, how do you ever have any fun?” A wise friend, after hearing this anecdote said, “If she can’t have fun without meat and alcohol, I don’t think you’re the one with the problem.” Continue Reading →
January 9, 2014
Gratitude seems to be the word of the year. Probably the decade. I think Oprah really got us started way back with the gratitude journals, but now there are Happiness Jars and 365 Grateful the documentary. And the start of a new year is certainly a good time to take stock of what you have to be thankful for. There is just so much. A big one on my list (after my husband, extended family, furry family, and good health for myself and all those loved ones) is this blog, which is now officially two years old this month. Continue Reading →