what's working - back in the kitchen

I received several vegan cookbooks for Christmas. I am not interested in going vegan (dude. I LOVE cottage cheese. And yogurt. And cheese in general.), but vegetarian-at-home is something that I can get on board with. I think that, because there isn't the flavor profile of meat, vegetarian cooking is often more flavorful and complex. Also, with my lack of time available to spend in the kitchen, it seems like vegetarian cooking is either quicker or requires less attention. Often both! I still love meat, though. And I am more than happy to eat it when someone else is cooking it for me.

For the first three weeks of the year, I was meal planning out of the two green Happy Herbivore cookbooks. And this kitten is my constant "helper." So it was only fitting that she would help me with this picture.

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They have all been beautiful and tasty.

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And I couldn't be more pleased. I am taking my lunch almost every day. I am feeling creative and challenged and pretty stinking happy. I even created two recipes of my very own last week. Ricotta-stuffed mushroom caps and Buffalo Mac and Beans!

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And this week? I'm branching out again - thanks to a Christmas gift card to Joseph Beth. I'm not sure how I didn't know about Isa Chandra Moskowitz, but we are about to become best friends. I'll keep you posted!

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So what other vegetarian/vegan goddesses do I not know about yet?