About Me

Thanks for visiting my site! My name is Jess and I am a food-obsessed 24-year-old from Connecticut.

I started this blog in April of 2010 to start documenting my experiments with vegetarian cooking. Currently I live in Manhattan, but since graduating from college I have spent time living in Massachusetts, Washington state, and Georgia for three separate Marine Biology field research positions. My current work in the city is in development at a large environmental non-profit organization.

I love whales, running, the ocean, nice bedsheets, soccer, garlic, sneakers, Equinox gyms, dogs, farmers markets, sprints, stuffed animals, sore muscles, camping, Dawson’s Creek, summer BBQs, good coffee, Anthropologie, Bikram yoga, trees, Six Point Brewery, northern California… — just to name a few.

I hope you enjoy my blog and feel free to post comments!


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura Barton  |  July 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Jess: hope you don’t mind that your mom shared your blog with me. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts (though not good reading them on an empty stomach!) and your colorful photos. I admit that reading your food descriptions brought back memories of my serious veggie days. Now I’m not a vegetarian (though some people think I am because I love and so many vegetables, especially greens). I think you would love Portland, as it’s totally food crazy (I call it the new religion) eco minded, sports and nature oriented and full of fun and lively culture. I should be at a street fair right now, listening to some great tunes and checking out a friend’s new ice cream shop, but I just spent 6 hours slaving on the trails below my house (clearing ivy) and I’m beat, and resting before I take my aching back and stiff body down the trail to the pool for a bit of theraputic swimming!

    I told Liz I wanted to give you a recipe, which you might like to try sometime that I pulled off the ‘Net. It’s a homemade replication for a sauce invented by a couple who’ve opened these healthful vegetarian oriented cafes here in OR, starting in Eugene, home of Univ of Oregon. They’ve branched out from Eugene, started franchising the cafes and one recently opened in Portland, though I’ve not seen it yet. The sauce is their signature sauce used on their bowls of brown rice or pasta combos and they sell the sauce in retail stores. It is called Yumm Sauce (the cafes are called Cafe Yumm). They use the sauce in such high quantities that they started having my friends in Ashland (they have a food manufacturing biz) make it for them, which is how I learned about them. Anyway, I found a blog with a recipe for the Yumm Sauce. It has a very distinctive unique flavor and people tend to either love it almost addictively and want to put it on everything or they hate it. It’s not hard to make, It’s very healthy as it has nutritional yeast and two kinds of legumes in it, plus oil, lemon juice and seasonings. Like I said, it’s taste is hard to describe and something you might love or hate. I made it a couple of times and like it. Here is the link (and I modified it myself a bit, and it came out great):

    Let me know if you try it and what you think. FYI, the reason I gave up being a vegetarian was because I love seafood too much, and back in the days when I was being a serious veg, there weren’t a lot of vegetarians, and it was socially really a challenge and I also ended up eating way too many sweets and starches and really wasn’t eating all that healthy. Now, I eat much better, and don’t lose sleep over the small amounts of meat I eat, plus all the yummy farm eggs and artisan cheeses (I tried being vegan for a short time, but it was too restrictive and I love cheese and ice cream way too much!). Sounds like you are enjoying your summer…you are always welcome to visit Portland and stay in my guest room. Laura

    • 2. jamorten  |  July 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Hey Laura!
      Thanks so much for your note, and for the awesome sauce recipe! I will definitely try it out sometime soon. I’ve heard Portland has awesome food for veggie lovers and I definitely want to head out there someday and check it out. I’ll make sure to let you know if and when I do, and maybe i can take you out for a delicious meal! Jess

  • 3. Jeff Gold  |  April 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    healthy recipes from the Gold kitchen are forthcoming….a total passion and day job stress reliever. Jeff


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