Hello and welcome to The Rogue Brussel Sprout. I'm so happy you're here! I love to cook colorful, nourishing, creative food and am excited to share that passion with you. You'll notice that most of the recipes I post have ample room for customization; that's because I believe cooking is an opportunity to create, explore, experiment, and express yourself.
My name is Lee and I'm a rogue in the kitchen. I never do what I'm supposed to do, because where's the fun in that? I'm always trying to use new ingredients, create more complex flavor profiles, reinvent classics, and make food in an unexpected way. Nothing makes me happier than fresh, colorful, seasonal, local produce, so you'll find lots of fruits and veggies here.

I was born and raised in Vermont, and my husband Dave and I still call Vermont home. However, we eloped to Kaua'i Hawai'i years ago and have been back every winter since. My outlook on cooking melds the cultures and the flavors of these two places. By day I'm a research scientist, and I think my hands-on lab chemistry background is what drives my desire to experiment in the kitchen.

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'm Italian by descent, so a deep appreciation for food is in my blood.

I've been a vegetarian for almost 25 years and am a true lover of eating plants. I eat a 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 often have suggestions for making them vegan.

When I'm not cooking, you can usually find me doing some sort of athletic endeavor. I played waterpolo and rugby in college, although that was 15 years ago! I'm now an avid weight lifter, hiker, and all-around lover of anything that moves my body. During 2020-2021, I walked more than ten miles a day for 365 consecutive days. Needless to say, I don't really like to sit.

Thank you for your support! It means the world to me to have such a wonderful community based around this little blog. It's for YOU that I do what I do, and it makes me so happy to hear from people who have made my recipes or have recipe and ingredient questions. Please don't ever hesitate to get in touch, you're my motivation!

I hope this blog provides some good ideas, useful tips, and new challenges. Let's have some fun in the kitchen!


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