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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 pink┬ápiece 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 …

Rejuvenating Wild Rice Salad with Beets and Dill

Welcome to part deux of ┬ámy Valentine’s Day recipe extravaganza (and don’t worry, there’s even more recipes coming your way these next few days!) I made this salad in an attempt to rejuvenate wild rice. An oft forgot grain, wild rice is sick and tired of just being “that hard and crunchy Thanksgiving rice”. It wants to break free! It has seen good times with butternut squash, cranberries, mushrooms, and fruits, but it wants something more in life. It is yearning for some new friends, and it wants to be eaten at any time of year, gosh darn it! Wild rice, meet beets and dill (and tangy lemon dressing, too!). These players are taking wild rice out of it’s turkey-stuffing days to vibrant lunch and dinner plates. This salad is perfect for winter, but would also be a beautiful addition to a spring or early summer picnic basket. I tested out my new mandolin making this recipe, and went to town on these juicy, ecstatically pink beets. I then tossed them in olive oil and …