Thanks for visiting! Vegetarian Perspective is my place to reflect on living a plant-based life, and to share with the world my ideas about food, recipes, and entertaining mostly as related to the Maiden Rock Driftless Dirtfarm. I’ve developed a mighty green thumb over the years growing thousands of pounds of veg that I happily munch, give away or compost. I have grand schemes and plans for my little dirtfarm in Wisconsin, and am excited for the next phase. Look out for barns that turn commercial kitchen, silo pads convert to pizza oven patios, garlic goes cash crop and lots of things to buy in little jars.
Much has changed with this blog, it’s purposes and my life. I hardly ever eat out, pine to escape the city and spend much of my time on the new farm. We’ll see how plans evolve with my new adventure.
The picture above was taken by my husband, Jeff – the “Superman” in my life. I’m with my son, Maximillian, my dad and my brother Andy. Dad’s been an organic gardener and beekeeper for as long as I can remember, so he was tickled that both his son and daughter purchased farms in 2013. Back-to-the-land seems to run in the family!
2009 Year 1:
Thanks for visiting! I dedicate this site to people looking for good food in the Twin Cites of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Although my site is geared towards those who are looking at the menus from a vegetarian perspective, I also hope visitors will include people looking for a new dining experience as well as the cooks and chefs that fill our kitchens. Perhaps the ideas posted in this site will tweek our thinking about the foods we eat.
Blog Beginnings 2009
I live on the West side of the Mississippi river in Minneapolis – one of the world’s burgeoning new restaurant scene cities. It’s been an exciting place to live the last few years. In the past, the Midwest had been known for big plate meals of meat and potatoes, and restaurants were family run. Now a foodie can find a quaint chef owned restaurant, a variety of ethnic cuisine, New American options and fusion. Of course, many Minnesotans still hold tight to their ideas of the plate with evenly spaced meat, potato and vegetable, but many of us are looking for alternatives. The idea of using regional, organic and sustainable food is also gaining a foothold, so choices are improving and food is tasting better.
Now, here’s the problem, and why I am here blogging. I am a vegetarian as is my husband, Jeff and
nine-year-old son, sixteen-year-old son, Max. We love food and I love to cook. I grew up in an organic, whole foods mostly vegetarian family. My parents know how to cook and they taught me. They were also adventure seekers of sorts, so we always experimented and rarely, if ever followed a recipe. I grew up in food improv!
Now, lots of people think vegetarians eat grass. Some are kind enough to think that we only eat salad, and a few others understand the importance of legumes and whole grains in our diet. Many people think that our diets are a reflection of some weird wigged-out attitude towards the world, but I am here to tell you that if delivered from a creative mind, vegetarian food is the most flavorful, satisfying and healthy food around. I eat better at home than at any of our fabulous new restaurants, and that is my dilemma.
I love going out to eat. I love the experience of trying new things, of experiencing a new environment, of not having to cook myself and clean up!
My husband and I both work and could afford to eat out many times a week if we wanted. (In 2016 we embarked on a year-long round-the-world-trip.) Unfortunately, we have very few options! With this blog I am hoping to review restaurants from a vegetarian perspective. Perhaps the ideas I share will help others who are also looking for a delicious meat-free meal or even inspire or motivate our local chefs to see their menus from a new perspective!