I was born and raised in Vermont, and my husband Dave and I still call Vermont home. However, we spend every winter on Kaua'i, the northernmost Hawaiian island. The tropical colors and ingredients on Kaua'i have been hugely influential in my cooking style, so you'll see that many of my recipes have a beachy vibe.
My approach to eating is to appreciate all foods in moderation. About 90% of the time, I focus on fresh produce, whole grains, and plant-based proteins. But I also adore a good cocktail alongside some salty snacks and I love to bake, so you'll find some more indulgent treats sprinkled throughout my primarily whole-food recipes.
I've been a vegetarian for over 25 years and am a true lover of eating plants. I eat a very dominantly vegan diet, but do occasionally enjoy local, family farm dairy since it's such an important part of the Vermont foodscape. Most of the recipes on this blog are vegan, and the ones that aren't have suggestions for making them vegan.
When I'm not cooking, you can usually find me doing some sort of athletic endeavor. I'm a weight lifter, hiker, yogi, and all-around lover of anything that moves my body. Last year (2022) I walked/hiked over 5,000 miles... that's an average of about 14 miles a day! For me, walking is a form of moving meditation.