The Culinary Journey Begins

Food is my passion. And my obsession.

For over ten years, my vegan culinary journey slowly developed as I spent more and more time learning and practicing. I studied cookbooks, watched videos, tried flavor combinations. I cooked and tasted, tasted and cooked.  I studied with home cooks and professional restaurant cooks along the way too!

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I blogged about food and animal advocacy and even had one of my original recipes published in the Daily Gazette right next to recipes by chefs from local big-name restaurants!

Like everything else, it took time, patience and determination (which is easy when you are obsessed!).  I wanted to make the best no-one-would-ever-believe-this-is-vegan dishes and baked goods.

And I did!  I opened a vegan bakery, made custom order cakes and other awesome vegan baked goods, created new menu items for Little Anthony’s pizzeria in Albany, NY (vegan pepperoni and sausage!) and even held a vegan pop-up brunch featuring breakfast pizza!  I was living the vegan dream!

While all of this was going on, I was approached about teaching vegan cooking classes at two local libraries.  (The calls came in the same week!)  I said, “Yes!” An opportunity to talk to a large group of people about vegan cooking (it’s my passion you know!), and be able to prepare it live, walking them through the steps giving tips along the way? 

I couldn’t think of a reason to say no!

I had to come up with some easy recipes with simple cooking techniques.  It was just as important as the food tasting great.  It was a fact that people were interested in a vegan lifestyle, but not everyone has time to cook.  It was so intimidating to people.  And I had to change that.

I started out just adapting recipes that I have in my ever-growing cookbook collection, making them easier by finding sometimes ready-made store-bought shortcuts and making substitutions for easy-to-find ingredients all the while sticking to my personal goal of real, whole food cooking.

The results were amazing!  People were coming up to me after class saying, “Yes, I can do this!”

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And you know what?  Eighty-seven people registered and showed up at that first cooking class at the William K Sanford Library.  87!

And you know what else?  It was that evening that I realized that I found my calling.  I had to show the world that a vegan lifestyle is attainable and sustainable!

And…

Vegan cooking can really change the world!

I have since closed the bakery,  but I am still creating menu items, and recipes that you will find here.

You can find my cooking classes at two local school district’s continuing education departments and you can host your own private cooking party or class where I come to your house to cook and teach you and your friends and family.  I also offer one-on-one vegan cooking coaching too!

Here YOUR vegan culinary journey will begin too. I’ll be sharing great vegan food with easy-to-follow recipes, teaching easy techniques and shortcuts along the way.

Vegan food is awesome food.

Vegan cooking is happy cooking.

And the vegan life is easier than you have ever expected.

You will love it!  You can do it!  The sky’s the limit!

Every day, in every way, for the animals!

Nicole <3

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