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Last year I had a life changing experience; I attended my first food blogger conference called Eat Write Retreat in Washington DC. I really had no idea what to expect when I signed up. I just knew I wanted to meet like-minded people and attend fun workshops. How could I have known this would be the weekend where I discovered I wanted to make food photography and recipe development my full time career? The entire weekend was magical for me, even though I was completely exhausted. We moved into our new house over the same weekend as the conference, which was not something I planned on. Life just happens that way sometimes, you know? [Read more...]

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Pasta with Cashew Truffle Cream Sauce ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netPasta with Cashew Truffle Cream Sauce

I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with dairy. When I was younger I had chronic stomach issues and was diagnosed as being lactose intolerant. I’m pretty positive it was either an incorrect diagnosis or I grew out of it because I eat dairy all of the time these days and it never seems to bother me. However… [Read more...]

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Cold Sesame Soba Noodles ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netCold Sesame Soba Noodles

I’m kind of a nostalgia junkie. I love visiting sites such as this one and enjoying small trips down memory lane. I get this strange feeling in my chest when I see something I’d completely forgotten about. It’s hard to describe the feeling… a jolt? A rush of joy mixed with a touch of longing and a dash of sadness? I always find forgotten memories slightly sad. What else am I forgetting? Regardless, I love the feeling. A single image can bring back so many associated memories. A glimpse of an old toy will take me back to the room where I played with it. 30 years may have passed since I’ve tasted a particular candy but I remember exactly how it tasted the moment I see it. It’s amazing how our minds work, isn’t it?

I don’t live terribly far from my first childhood home. My parents still reside in the house where I lived from age 9 until college so I visit it regularly. But that first house… I want to peek inside so badly and see how it looks 25 years later. Sometimes when I’m in the neighborhood I’ll drive past it. There’s a tot lot right behind the house. I haven’t been there in years but there have been days when I’ve sat on the swings at the tot lot, marveling at the short distance between the playground and my old backyard. It’s a small hill, but when I was little it was like running the length of a football field. At the end of the football field was a massive weeping willow tree that I used to hide under. The tree is still there. [Read more...]

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Curried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netCurried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa

Pomegranate seeds are one of my favorite winter ingredients. I love them in salads, cereal, oatmeal, sauce, you name it. Now that spring is just around the corner I’m trying to use them while I can. I bought some pomegranates the other day not knowing exactly what my plan was for them. I stared aimlessly into the pantry and came upon leftover pistachios from my pistachio cardamom hot chocolate. Inspiration struck! The tart sweet seeds would contrast perfectly against the earthy crunchy nuts, both in flavor and color. So here we are.

This salad is healthy, fast and full of flavor and texture. It’s naturally vegetarian and gluten-free (it can also be made vegan by swapping the honey for light agave nectar).
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Vegan Chorizo Mac and Cheese ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netVegan Chorizo Mac and Cheese

Many of you probably don’t know that I spent a little over a year working as a line cook and pastry chef at a vegan restaurant near Washington DC. It began as my school externship and I stuck around for awhile after graduating because I liked the experience. Several people have asked why I chose to work in a vegan restaurant. There were many reasons. First of all, I was very annoyed by the stuffy attitude at my school where the instructors constantly insisted that a real meal must always include meat. I’m not even a vegetarian and I think that’s a load of crap. They need to get with the times. Secondly, I wanted to try something completely different after 6 months of non-stop heavy French cuisine. I wanted to think outside the box. The contentious side of me enjoyed telling my classmates where I was headed as they stared at me in horror. I was ultimately very glad I did this because I feel like I got a more well rounded education. I bet most of them would turn up their noses at this vegan chorizo macaroni and cheese but that’s their loss. This dish is incredibly comforting and perfect for vegans, vegetarians or anyone who likes to take a break from meat every now and then. You’d never know this was missing the cheese and real sausage aside from the fact that you feel much less heavy after eating it than you would after the real thing.

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