Month: March 2015

Springing Forward and Looking Back: 10 Years as a Vegetarian

Starting this March, I have been a vegetarian for 10 years. 10 whole years. A decade, people. That’s a very large chunk of time. So while we spring forward, and capture an extra hour of end-of-day light, I will also be looking back for a few moments, to digest this anniversary of sorts. One of the questions I get most frequently, and most vegetarians get most frequently is, “So, why did you become a vegetarian?” As much as I would love to say my reasons for being a vegetarian now when asked that, the reason I started is almost laughable. It happened in 8th grade science class. The lights were dim, and we were watching a movie on the effects of salmonella. There was a man with a British accent menacingly narrating (making the entire thing so much more terrifying, in my opinion), and scenes of a guy eating a pinkĀ piece of chicken, dotted with blood (which also did not add to the appeal of the film). A few eery hours later, time-lapsed with some …

Tomato-Basil Hummus & Italian Herb Socca

I have been lusting after farmers’ markets. Cooped up and shivering in the house, the grey, snow-filled clouds filling the sky, I have been browsing my old blog posts, reminiscing on the abundant produce that served as the base of my summertime recipes. I miss those days. What is so beautiful about nature, is that those days are not lost. They will come again. Sunshine, growth, new beginnings, warmth, freedom. The welcoming arms of spring and summer; I cannot wait to run into them. Me being me, I subscribe to the newsletter of my local farm. Recently, they announced that their asparagus will be available in early April. Which is only one measly month away- gasp! I cannot wait to run down and buy armfuls of the tender, earthy spears. It seems like we just have to get through these last few freezing, bleak days. I can just imagine those little green spears starting to grow through all of this ice and wind, and remain calm. Spring is coming. This recipe is an in-between of …