sassy pepper and friends
A sassy lady pepper stands in the foreground in front of a merry band of dorky veggies doing a kick line
Plant-based cooking with a side of snark
sassy pepper and friends
A sassy lady pepper stands in the foreground in front of a merry band of dorky veggies doing a kick line
Plant-based cooking with a side of snark
sassy pepper and friends
A sassy lady pepper stands in the foreground in front of a merry band of dorky veggies doing a kick line
Plant-based cooking with a side of snark
Good Musings2022-10-24T22:56:33-04:00

Good Musings

My Beliefs

  1. In my Perfect World, humans would eat only plant-based foods. But I’m a realist. My intent is to encourage you to discover new plant-based recipes you love, wherever you are on the omnivore-vegan spectrum.
  2. Instagram, Tik Tok, Pinterest, and YouTube are exploding with plant-based recipes and sublime, mouthwatering photos of the finished product. My role as Recipe Explorer and Tester is to share the best of this with you. (I do the trolling, so you don’t have to).
  3. I’m grateful that products made by companies like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat exist, but I don’t eat them.
  4. People who say “I hate kale” have not tasted these kale chips.
  5. Miyoko Shinner is a bad-ass food genius. She’s figured out how to make a plant-based butter that tastes like the real thing. (Made from coconut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and cashews).
  6. Plant-based cheese that is served on a cheese platter rarely tastes like cheese. It tastes good, but calling it “cheese” often leads to disappointment.
  7. I’m grateful that restaurants like Slutty Vegan and Plant Pub exist, but junk food is junk food, whether it involves animal products or not. As a treat, yes, as a habit, no.
  8. People who say, “I hate tofu” have not tasted air fryer crispy tofu croutons.
  9. Happiness is a prolific summer garden that produces too many tomatoes.
  10. Eat food. Not too much. Only plants. (Hats off to Michael Pollan).

Just Say No! to Cold Turkey

In 1990, I stopped eating meat, cold turkey. I’d wanted to give it up for a while (out of love for my dog), but my husband Max was not on-board, which made it too inconvenient. Then, when Max got a six-month fellowship in Palo Alto, and I  remained in Illinois for grad school, my excuse vanished overnight.

Here’s what I said to myself: Going vegetarian is likely to be another in a long list of “diets” you won’t stick to. But give it a try while Max is gone. If you fail, you won’t need to tell him, and there will be no losing face.

My first night as a vegetarian did not go well. Read More

Entering a Preach-Free Zone

I’m often asked why my husband Max and I chose not to have children. Most people have kids, just as most people enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey, pizza with cheese and perhaps pepperoni, and, on a hot summer night, a barbecue with hot dogs, burgers and chicken. We are not among those people. Opting out of cultural defaults; e.g., deciding not to have kids and not eat animals, raises eyebrows and demands explanations.

There’s no single reason Max and I stopped eating animal products. And over time, the reasons have changed. (The same is true for not having kids).

Preaching belongs in churches (or if you are Joaquin Phoenix, at the Oscars), not here. So I won’t preach you our reasons, I’ll inform. Succinctly. And I won’t bring it up again. I promise.

Top 4 Reasons to Eat Fewer (or No) Animal Products:Read More

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