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Dairy-Free Home

Dairy-Free Home

My husband, Eric, is a truly spectacular human. He’s kind, generous, thoughtful, intelligent, gorgeous, good at everything he does (so frustrating), and compassionate—he tends to want the best for people and animals, in general, always. I have to brag on his behalf for just a […]

Why I’m Not Vegan.

Why I’m Not Vegan.

I am not a vegan and I’ve been thinking about it a great deal lately. I love animals, I hate factory farming, I’m dairy free, so why not? Three reasons: eggs, oysters, and my husband. Eggs Chickens are believed to be resultant of the ancestral […]

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

It’s 2019 and in late December, I decided that enough was enough. I was talking to my boss and she told me she’d finally made the choice to go dairy-free. She said, “If you think about it, dairy is gross.” YEAH, dairy is gross! I know that, I started a blog partially dedicated to that very idea, and then somewhere I lost my way.

So, I did it. My New Years resolution was to quit dairy and find a good substitute for cheese and I DID. As of February 1, I will have been dairy-free for a month. In that month, I’ve made vegan mac & cheese and a huge batch of cashew cheese (which is SO versatile) and I haven’t missed dairy cheese ONCE. Plus, I still get to make cheese, I just don’t have to feel bad about it anymore.

Here are the two best recipes I’ve found so far and there are dozens more to try:

Cashew Cheese

This is more of a base “mother sauce” cheese that you can adjust to make things like cheese spreads, dips, and sauces. Very much like the Frank’s Hot Sauce lady, I put this shit on everything—veggies, sandwiches, crackers, pizza, pasta, etc.

Mac & Cheese Mix

I love mac & cheese and Annie’s has been one of my go-to meals since college. Until Annie embraces plant-based alternatives, this is my new fav. The recipe isn’t gluten-free but I substituted chickpea flour for APF and it’s delicious. My favorite way to enjoy it is mixed with almond milk, Earth Balance, and homemade pesto or Sri Racha—amazing.

 

Hurricane Florence & Spaghettios

Hurricane Florence & Spaghettios

Last week, I baked for the first time since we moved to the low country. I was feeling, centered, peaceful, good—FINALLY. Then, Charleston announced a mandatory evacuation due to the threat posed by hurricane Florence. We’re New Englanders, we can handle feet of snow and […]

Boxcar Betty and the Pimiento Cheese

Boxcar Betty and the Pimiento Cheese

The last couple of days in the low country have been tough. Yesterday, my insurance claims adjuster called it—my car is officially totaled. Today, our new veterinarian called to say that Tabitha, the feisty fat orange tabby that I’ve had since I was 14, is […]

Low Country-Bound

Low Country-Bound

A week ago today, we officially (and unexpectedly) took up residence in Charleston, South Carolina. Just five short days after my Amazingly Significant Other became my husband, we packed up the car, cats, and made the 16+ hour trip to SC to pursue a new opportunity. I’m [thankfully!!] still a Vitalian but obviously a LOT has changed. With all the unpacking and work catch-up, I don’t have the time or energy for a long post, but here are the highlights:

Best Moment:

Getting the bed into the new (two-bedroom, two-bathroom!!) apartment—with three doped-up cats, this trip was a nightmare.

Worst Moment:

We found a hungry, pregnant, stray cat at the hotel we stopped at overnight in Richmond, VA. We called a local Animal Control Officer and tried to keep her until they arrived but she got away 🙁 When the ACO showed up, he [condescendingly] explained to me that in VA it’s legal to keep animals—even cats and dogs—outside.

If your laws mean that your domesticated animals are so poorly maintained that I can’t tell the difference between a pet and a stray, I’m not the ignorant one.

Scariest Moment: 

Callie kitten, aka – Burgers, woke up somewhere in Virginia and got out of her crate. When I had to break hard unexpectedly, she flew forward, hit the shifter, and managed to put the car in park, on the highway, in the dark, and rain. Thankfully, we’re all safe and sound, which is pretty amazing.

Funniest Moment:

If you’re a Rick and Morty fan, you’ll be as enthusiastic as I was to learn that Shoney’s is real!!

Best Restaurant:

On the trip down I subsisted on old pizza and gas station fare BUT when we got to Charleston we made our first trip to Mod Pizza. It’s apparently a chain, and it’s amazing. Think the Subway of pizza but with delicious ingredients and cans of sparkling wine—pretty solid 🙂

The NoMad Hotel

The NoMad Hotel

This past week, Eric and I had the great pleasure of visiting some of the best food and beverage spots that LA and Seattle have to offer, the most notable being The NoMad Hotel. The NoMad was especially memorable for the excellent food but also […]

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman was born on March 16, 1952 in New York City. She grew up on Long Island but, clearly a woman with excellent taste, she now resides in Boston. Alice earned her BA at Adelphi University before going on to achieve her MA at […]

Baron Forrester

Baron Forrester

After attending New Hampshire’s first-ever Craft Brew Conference, Eric and I decided to get Thai food on the way home. On the way to pick up our meals we walked by Baron Forrester, a little Hampton cheese shop I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit, and Eric suggested we check it out since we had a little time to kill—excellent decision-making on his part!

Baron Forrester is absolutely adorable—it’s a little place specializing in old-world wine, cheese, baked goods, and coffee. We were surprised to find them open at 7:00pm on a Friday night, since their shop said it closed at 6:30pm, and expected to spend only a few minutes looking around before the patrons at the small bar closed their tabs, so we were delighted to be offered samples of wine, cheese, and baguette upon our arrival. Apparently, every Friday night Baron stays open a bit later to host a wine and cheese sampling.

If you’re ever in the area, I strongly encourage you to attend a sampling. The owners, Julie and Sean, are warm and charismatic, Julie makes all of the bread and pastries on site in their mini French kitchen, and the level of pretension that I’ve experienced in other cheese shops is non-existent. In fact, Julie made it clear that she has no problem at all recommending “porch pounders” when the need arises and I thoroughly appreciate that.

Before we left, we chose a gorgeous fresh-baked baguette and a delicious Manchego. I left my email address for the mailing list and plan on visiting again next week 🙂

Frozen Pizza Tastes like Failure

Frozen Pizza Tastes like Failure

I was recently asked for website advice by two people (WordPress, definitely WordPress) and I thought to myself, “hold up a minute, don’t I have a website?” I do and it’s been seriously neglected over the last few months—I can explain. I am a Project […]