About Denise

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My name is Denise (I’m on the right – that’s my bestie, Joy, on the left). I am an absolute foodie, a crazy dog-lover (see photo of my beautiful pit/lab mix Ellie below), yoga enthusiast and wine connoisseur. In September of 2013, I decided to bite the bullet and get certified in yoga, something I have been wanting to do for quite some time. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I am a vegetarian (5 years and counting) and my boyfriend, Nick is a bona fied carnivore – seriously this kid bleeds bacon grease. You can only imagine the sheer panic I go into when preparing our weeknight dinners – not to mention, family holidays. Oh, did I forget to mention I’m the only vegetarian in my family? Yeah, that’s also super fun and convenient. I also found out this year that I have a gluten allergy (super sad face) so my creations have become a little bit more challenging lately. But you know what? I’m always game for a challenge especially in the kitchen!

I’m a self-taught vegetarian chef and cooking is by far my favorite thing tobella do. I also love cocktails (yes, I have recipes for those too), trying new restaurants and I occasionally read a health book every now and then – so expect to see some book and restaurant reviews along with my recipes up in here.

For more, go here: http://about.me/deniseprichard

DISCLAIMER: Some of these recipes WILL be unique whether it’s intentional or not. Cheers and bon appetit!

116 thoughts on “About Denise

  1. Hi Denise, I am a good friend of Nicks. I have been following your blogs and recipes and have been enjoying them thoroughly. I am an inspiring “chef” who is also self taught as well, although I will be attending culinary school at Johnson and Wales in Denver, CO come September to better my skills, and in hopes to eventually own a restaurant. I love what you are doing here and I want to tell you that you are doing a great job. I look forward to more of your posts and trying your ideas. Maybe one day when I come back to AZ to visit the big guy we can all get together and have a great feast. Take care.

    • Thanks so much and so nice to meet you – on the internet that is, haha. How exciting that you’re going to culinary school – definitely one of my goals to do that at some point. When you do pay Nick a visit we should definitely get together and cook up some deliciousness! :)

  2. Hey Denise,
    Thanks for checking out my blogs and for the follow, I hope you enjoy them! Thats cool that you are the only vegetarian in your family, its great to be different! My parents have recently gone veegan and I’m still getting used to it. They are not total veggan’s for they cook meat from time for other people who are not veegan and also eat it themselves sometimes. My brother introduced them to a movie called Forks with Knives (or something like that) which started all that. Anyway, nice to meet you and thought I’d say hello. Looking forward to reading your blogs!
    James

    • Yes, Forks Over Knives!! I saw that documentary too! Super interesting that so many illnesses a=can be cured by incorporating and plant-based and whole food diet. Have you read or heard of the book, “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer? It’s a super interesting book about the way society views food today – mixed with his wit and humor, of course! You should check it out!

    • That’s so sweet! Thank you! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 5 years now – I won’t lie, I didn’t used to be a very healthy one. However, something really inspired me last year to really take care of my body and use food for energy and not just for taste. Not that I don’t allow myself a couple treats every now and then ;).

    • That’s so sweet! Thank you! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 5 years now – I won’t lie, I didn’t used to be a very healthy one. However, something really inspired me last year to really take care of my body and use food for energy and not just for taste. Not that I don’t allow myself a couple treats every now and then ;).

      • I’m glad that you were inspired to be healthy, I am also a very health conscious vegan. I have alternated between vegan and vegetarian over the last year, but I think being either one is great; I hope I will stay like this for as long as you have!

  3. Love the look and the theme! It all sounds very similar to my household… there’s little ol’ me cooking up whatever local-earthy-unique vegetable I can find, and my boyfriend really just wanting a steak.

  4. I am vegetarian for over 20 years, my husband is on and off again. At home he cooks vegetarian and when he wants “meat” we will go out to eat. Our pots, pans and everything else has not been touch by meat! I love that he respects me and does not insist on the meat thing at the house. He does drink coke…me…once in a blue moon! I drink water and coffee.

    • My boyfriend is the same way. Even though he eats meat, he’s fine with eating whatever I make for myself most of the time. I can understand his dislike for tofu and tempeh (they certainly aren’t everyone’s cup of tea!) so I don’t try to make him eat those ingredients haha. But I will admit having a boyfriend who is so respectful of my diet makes it sooooo much easier to prepare meals :)

  5. Hi there, popped over when I saw you had subsribed to my blog (thank you!). It must be tough being a lone vegetarian in a family, so it is interesting to see how you approach it. Neither I nor my partner are vegetarian but we grow much of our produce and because it´s so tasty and good for us, find that we often eat meat free meals just for the pleasure of it!

    • That’s awesome! I’ve been wanting to start growing my own produce but the hot Arizona weather makes it hard fro them to survive – not to mention my pit bull Eleanor loves eating veggies so she would definitely snack on them! However, I am starting to grow my own herbs and that has been such a time and money saver. If you have any suggestions on growing your own produce I’d love some advice :)

      • The heat is tough – we struggle with it here but it must be worse for you. Start small, just a plant or two of your favourites and things like chard are quite hardy and just grow and grow and don´t need much space. Even a couple of peppers are quite easy and will give you plenty of fruit (they do need to be supported as they grow upwards though) or zucchini if you have more space as they can trail along the ground. How exciting..keep me posted if you do start to grow more :)

  6. Thanks for following my blog. Your Field to Fork post is really interesting. People’s perception of food is so interesting to me. Can’t wait to see your future posts! Thanks again!

    • I thought so too. I must admit, I am a sucker for an amazing inforgraphic. However, I feel like this kind of visual helps break it down a little bit better rather than sorting through dozens of studies and articles :).

  7. Hello Denise! Thank you for following my blog! I love your articles! very nice! I will be moving my blog over to my new website very soon and I hope you follow me there as well! It is still under construction but please visit later and subscribe…you can find the link at the bottom of my posts the next few weeks! keep up the great work!

  8. I just read “Arizona” and thought “Man, it must be hard to be a Vegetarian in Arizona” – and my experiences are actually pretty similar. My whole familly and boyfriend are happy omnivores (and sometimes I think carnivores ;) ) and I am living vegan among them. Nice to have this big supporting foodblogger-community, right?

  9. Its so nice to have you following my blog- I’ve had fun reading yours now too. It must be a real challenge living with a non veg. I hope HE loves his veggies!

  10. i’m so glad you stopped by my blog which led me to yours! your “about me” could substitute for my own… i too am a vegetarian (only in my family!) who is married to a man who grew up on a “meat and potatoes” diet (fortunately my culinary efforts have won him over and he eats vegetarian unless he’s not eating at home), i am a self-taught cook, lover of red wine, and a runner. i look forward to reading more of your posts and hope you’ll keep up with mine as well!

  11. Thanks for following our blog! Your site looks delicious :) It’s wonderful that you’re sharing how delicious and healthy plant-based food can be.

    If you’re ever in the area, we’d like to invite you to our restaurant :)

  12. Hi Denise, thanks so much for the follow! It looks like you have some fantastic recipes on here- I look forward to exploring. I live in a mixed household too- I’m veggie and my husband isn’t! Makes for some interesting meals :)

  13. Hi Denise, Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow. I’m so impressed with yours! While I’m not a vegetarian, I cook meat-free meals quite often and firmly believe veggies can cure pretty much any ills! Looking forward to catching up on more of your posts and awesome recipes!

  14. Hi denise, your blog is lovely and will be helpful too. I ‘m too a vegetarian but my hubby is not! We have lot of things in common. Thanks for dropping by my blog else i would have missed such a great blog of yours!

  15. Thanks so much for stopping by and following soul if spice. Can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to be the only vegetarian in the family. By the soy ds of it and nick looks like you’ve worked it out ;) look forward to reading your recipes & your visits again.. Charu

  16. Your recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to try them out!

    I am currently living in a country that does not have easy access to many of these ingredients, but hopefully I can work something out. Cheers to healthy living!

  17. Hi Denise , thanks for the follow…. you sure do have a lovely blog here… Nice recipes… looking forward to read more…:)

  18. Hi Denise! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :) I love your about page – you are such a good writer and you’ve got some pretty tasty recipes on here! I’m excited to keep reading ;)
    Kristin

  19. Hi Denise, Thanks for following my blog, I hope you enjoy the recipes. I know how you feel with your partner being a bona fide carnivor, my boyfried also bleeds bacon grease. I am lucky though, as he is very open to healthy vegan fare as well (as long as it comes with a side of ribs or a steak), so it is fun coming up with all kinds of new dishes.. Tracy.

    • I went vegan for awhile – I loved it! I would say that my diet is 40% vegan 60% vegetarian, but since this darn gluten allergy kicked in, being vegan has been a little more difficult! :)

  20. hi, denise and thanks for dropping in into my blog….much obliged, ma’am!
    i think we both have the same likes….im a semi-vegetarian (i do eat meat now and then..!) and i love dogs, too…Simba is my partner in crime (he’s 4 yrs old, and a beautiful golden tan and black german shepherd who follows me around wherever i go…).
    im gonna be looking at following some of your recipes, so they better be good, girl…LOL…great interesting blog, anyways!

  21. Hi Denise, thank you for the follow. I’ve been struggling with vegetarian recipes, despite having grown up on a diet full of veges and fruit, so I look forward to finding some inspiration from your blog :) x

  22. Cute blog! I’m not a strict vegetarian…it’s more like I eat a plant-based diet with meat about 1 or 2 times a week:) My husband used to be a hard-core meat-eater, but then I had him watch some documentaries (Forks over Knives, Vegucation…) and now he eats a plant-based diet, too! Makes cooking a lot easier!

  23. Denise, I love your blog — especially for the pictures of Eleanor :)

    Just one wish…have you considered incorporating more vegan recipes? I sympathize with your being the only vegetarian in your family plus gf, but veganism is easy (really not such a sacrifice at all) and way more animal friendly/non-violent/you probably already know…but if not I’m happy to recommend or exchange resources. Let me know!

    • Hi Sarah! I actually have a lot of vegan recipes that I haven’t posted just yet – I always like to have pictures with my recipe posts. I agree going vegan is A LOT simpler than most people realize (i would consider my diet to be 75% vegan and 25% vegetarian. I follow the Vegan Before 6 diet by Mark Bittman and love it). Going out makes it hard to be vegan sometimes, but I make it work whenever I can – plus having a meat-eating boyfriend makes it difficult too. It’s all about making compromises and finding that happy balance! I wish some people would just give Daiya a chance!

      Thanks you so much for your comment and suggestion – I will definitely make an effort to put more vegan recipes up here!! :) :)

  24. Great blog! I’m new to the blogging world, but am already finding so many gems in the blogging community like your recipes! My bf is also a carnivore and I’m mostly vegetarian …. so I can totally sympathize. It’s nice that you are able the channel the differences into creativity. Stop by my blog sometime, http://pistachiojar.wordpress.com/ Cheers! Chelsea

  25. Wow, awesome blog! Thanks so much for introducing it to me through your follow on xballerina! Ditto on the yoga, food and wine. I am a “flexitarian”, no red meat, and my husband LOVES all things meat. So I can relate:) My Grandma says she stopped cooking because she doesn’t no what to feed us “vegetarians.” Oh boy. Anyway, I look forward to reading more!! Cheers…

  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I totally relate to being the only vegetarian in the family. But I did get my dad to at least TRY tofu this Christmas. Progress, lol.

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