About this Blog

When thinking to myself ‘recipes & cookbooks, like Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, will no longer be a part of my life as a Vegan’… this blog came about.

The Goals

  1. To discover cooking is just as amazing Vegan style! – I’ve made her(Julia Child’s) Cornish Game HensMussels in White Wine over CanapesCoq Au VinBeouf Bourguignon….Brains!  and other recipes in other genres, I have shocked myself!!  They’re out of this world Vegan Style
  2. To learn from other Vegans
  3. To share something I love, Cooking 🙂
  4. To share FABULOUS Vegan recipes, tested, tasted and mmmmmm

A few months down the road…

into sharing this blog, what I’ve learned is AWESOME!  How I feel has never been better, cleaner, or more energized.  And there is SO much to discover.  Now to take it to the road…. to travel, cook with other local ingredients, experience local fabulous tastes and recipes from that place/region..make a Vegan version…see what I discover….what we can learn..!

It’s a big world out there..let’s go have a taste ;D


101 responses to “About this Blog

  1. Gail McCarthy

    This looks great!

  2. Your blog is fantastic!
    I’m not a vegan, but I can enjoy your recipes nonetheless! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks so much!! Your blog is great too! I think it’s awesome that you post in Spanish & English!
      You can definitely make the recipes non-vegan as well, just put the meat back in where I substituted, I always put in the recipe where I substituted for meat and what kind. I look forward to reading more on your blog 🙂

  3. Amazing!! I’ve always been a staunch vegetarian, and have been trying to become a vegan all my life… But i just simply CANNOT give up milk products like ice cream, chocolates, and yougart (its a major part of our diet)… Do you have any suggestions??

    • Hi Sumithra! Absolutely, and I hear where you’re coming from. There are a lot of options believe it or not! I have not missed milk in the slightest due to the options offered by Rice milk, Coconut milk and almond milk. Depending on the recipe depends on which i choose.
      And Daiya has animal product free shredded mozzarella and cheddar. Check out other cheese options here http://www.vegan-nutritionista.com/vegan-cheese.html
      Then you have the option of making cheese yourself via this fabulous blog: http://epicureanvegan.com This is truly amazing. As for ice cream SILK has some great options, though if you want to make it yourself check this out http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2011/04/28/vegan-almond-milk-ice-cream-3-recipes/
      Please let me know any other vegan products or questions you have and i will do my best to shed light on it!

    • Since there is so many fields of scetialpies that I have a choice of, I still really can’t choose one. So I am going base on my personal experiences. My original goal back in high school and maybe even before that, was to work in a Neonatal ICU! I had a brother that passed before he had his first birthday from heart complications, and that year I spent a lot of time at hospitals with my parents. My goal the first couple of years was to work with babies just like him. That was until I had my own children, I would of still loved to have worked in that career field but the heart ache I would most likely endure when one of those babies did not make it home. I could not have handled!On to more positive experiences, I have worked with the elderly and Geriatrics interests me very much. Being surrounded with people that have lived a fulfilled life is so much more rewarding. Even though at times it is the ending stages of their lives, and it is sad when someone does pass. It’s less of a heartache to know that most of the time they are ready to move on. They are still very dependent on you and when you are able to help them with their needs that’s the most rewarding of all, plus you form a special relationship with the patients and their families.

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  4. petit4chocolatier

    Your blog is wonderful and I enjoy all your recipes! Thank you for sharing.


  5. Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my reblog of Baked Chicken Potpie. I hope you’ll try it sometime and let me know how it turned out.

    • Thanks so much, I look forward to trying it. A lot of times I’ll replace chicken with chunks of yellow squash…I wonder if that would work…I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks so much for sharing it!

      • peeled, cubed eggplant is also another good one to use and is very filling. Certainly there is no reason that you can’t just remove the chicken entirely and add more veggies. You could probably use tofu or seitan if you like those products, but I just can’t deal with their taste or the texture. Another thing that might add a little more protein would be some garbanzo beans.

  6. Wow, I can’t wait to share this with my vegan friends. I’m not fully vegan but I still like to know about healthy alternatives.

  7. Hey, thanks for following my blog. I hope you enjoy some of the recipes and let me know how they turn out. Please feel free to stop by, ask questions or offer comments any time!

  8. Hello! I have nominated you and your blog for a couple of awards from the blogosphere. Enjoy them and spread the joy. Here’s the link: http://bluejellybeans.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/apologies-thanks-and-awards/

  9. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! I love your inspiration in vegan cooking. Congrats!

    Click on the link http://goo.gl/clxov or visit my blog to find the details.

  10. Hey, thanks for liking my post Ligo Circle of Appreciation. You should know that you were on my list of toss-ups, it was a hard choice to make. So I hope this comment doesn’t come as an insult, it’s very much a compliment. Just thought you should know that. 🙂

  11. I wanted to thank you for this award makes me very happy and excited, I wanted to give my compliments to your blog really very nice through the study and the preparation of new types of vegan recipes, food very good and in fact considered to be innovative! Experiment with new kitchens port to become aware of new cultures, new styles and especially for new ideas! Thank you so much. Antonio

    • You are very welcome, I love reading your writing on your blog, it is a bright spot each time you post. And thank you so much, I would love to experiment more internationally, we’ll see what comes 😉

      • Being able to experiment with new dishes is like trying to know the world!

        • You know you’re right! I think it’s time I start introducing myself 😉

        • I have not really ceohsn what kind of specialists I would like to work under, but I do believe that it would be fun to work in a Psychiatrist’s office. I originally was going for my B.A. in Psychology, but switched. There are so many to choose from that sound absolutely interesting. Such as working under an Internist or going simple and working under a Family practitioner. Even Gerontologist sounds like fun. I love the “aging population” and they have stories and much to teach.For the moment I am going to take this degree one step at a time and try to find the place that fits me best.

  12. I kept you in mind for my next award 😉 I nominated you for the prolific blogger award, you can see the details on my post http://wp.me/p2DnTA-mp 🙂

  13. I have nominated you and your blog for the Sunshine Award. Thanks for continuing to enlighten my blogging world with your words, photos, and wisdom! In case you want to check out my nomination post, the link is http://moveeatcreate.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/a-big-thank-you-and-lots-of-blog-love/.

  14. Dear ★ Lesley ★,
    I have nominated you/your inspirational blog, for the REALITY Blog Award!
    Please pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/reality-blog-award/ Fae.

  15. petit4chocolatier

    Heather, Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope all your dreams come true for 2012!!

    • Hi Judy! I’ve fallen back onto the face of the Earth..and I hope you had a wonderful New Year! Thank you for your wishes and message….it’s amazing how much I’ve missed the blogging world and people like you while I’ve been out of touch. Isn’t it funny how most of us have never met but yet are important to us?
      I’m very much looking forward to diving into your blog and all I’ve missed! 🙂

      • petit4chocolatier


        It is so good to hear from you!! I am behind somewhat on posts too. Spring classes began this past week, busy time. I have missed you though!!!! 🙂

        • Judy,
          Good luck with the Spring Classes! I completely understand busy, And I have missed you too! Ahhhh Spring..sounds so good! Our days are gaining and getting longer…which maybe will mean more time and energy for posts lol! 🙂

  16. Have not heard from you in a while–I hope all is OK!

    • Thanks for being concerned and having noticed! I am back “on the face of the Earth”, everything is OK…some big changes, but every thing is very good. I hope you had an awesome New Year!…Share any pieces that you’re willing 😉 I am looking forward to diving into your blog and catching up on all I’ve missed! 🙂

  17. Hello Lesley,

    I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success, especially with your restaurant business. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, Lesley. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    • Thank you so much Subhan! 2013 is lining up to be more than I could have imagined, I feel EXTREMELY fortunate. Restaurant business is a blast, and all of us that get to support each other and communicate in our blogging world keeping abreast of a little bit of each of us is such a bright spot, Not to look past as well a million little things we get to experience everyday. I hope 2013 brings you all the peace, bliss and love you can handle 🙂
      Much love to you back,

  18. Congratulations, Heather!
    You are nominated for Versatile Blogger Award!
    You are awarded at:
    Enjoy! 😀 Fae.

  19. Hello,thanks for your visit i wish you a great day and good rest of week 🙂


  20. Great information here! As a vegetarian (though not a vegan), I love learning about new recipes. I look forward to visiting your site often! — Mike

    • Thank you so much Mike 🙂 It’s so great to hear what you’re doing, please share more anytime! Let me know if I can ever answer any question – Heather

    • I couldn’t agree more about getairrics. I miss sitting with some of the elderly individuals I used to help and they would tell me stories for hours about the things that they witness when they were younger, and the lives that they lived up to the point that they needed care. I have always felt that the elderly know how to live their lives better than anyone, and they for sure never take it for granted! Sometimes the people taking care of them are not good people though, and it always breaks my heart to see someone talking badly to an elderly man or woman.I like how you made a switch from little tiny babies that have no real experience with life, to elderly men and women who have lived life to its fullest and still have more life to share with others. Such opposites!

    • For me this is a relatively easy question, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both “sides” of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the “barbaric” nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

  21. Your passion for food is incredible and inspirational, glad we met & sign me up!

  22. Hey there! I just discovered your blog and I love your goals! I’ve been vegan for almost a year and am still discovering my plant-based cooking skills. Thanks for blogging, I’ll check in with you again!

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