My 200th Post

June 25, 2009

It’s hard for me to believe, but numbers don’t lie.  This is my 200th post.  I’m not sure how I got here this quickly but I’m happy to say I’m here, and that this blog has brought me a lot of joy.

I thought long and hard about what to write here for this milestone.  For my 100th post, I listed 100 foods I like to eat.  For my 200th, I considered listing 200 vegetarian main courses I have eaten in the interest of continuing to show how exciting and delicious a plant-based diet can be.

Instead, I am going to attempt to first stop the doubters and then spread some love.


There are those who think that feeding a child a vegetarian diet is depriving them somehow.  That they can’t possibly be healthy.


That they won’t get all the calories and fat they need.


That children need meat to thrive.


For the people who think so, I give you my 35 pound, incredibly healthy, delightful, squishy, and vegetarian 2 year old.

I am going away for a little over a week.  My little family and I are boarding a plane early tomorrow morning and heading East to the Maryland shore.  While I am gone, I’d like to suggest you check out some blogs that I am just loving these days.  I read a lot food blogs.  Every one I subscribe to I like, but there are some I love.  Oh, I love the obvious ones – Smitten Kitchen, Orangette, 101 Cookbooks.  But I thought I’d spread some love to some people that you maybe don’t know about.

I love eat make read for her whimsical touches on the photographs and I love that it’s not always about food.
I love A Chow Life for her simple prose and knock-out food.
I love fresh365 for the truly gorgeous photography and clean healthy food and I love how simple and beautiful her website is.
I love Stacey Snacks for her great sense of humor and her hearty, generous food.
I love Let Her Eat Cake for the diversity of her recipes and for making everything look delicious.
I love Eat Me, Delicious for her shared vegetarian sensibilities.
I love Everybody Likes Sandwiches for her Northwestern charm and her awesome whimsical style.
And I love Lisa is Cooking because she is a damn fine cook, one of the best out there in my opinion, but she doesn’t brag about it.

So, enjoy while I am away.  But y’all come back now, y’hear?


  1. First, what a sweet, happy, healthy boy! Second, congratulations on your 200th post. Third, what great company in which to have been mentioned. And, last, you’re crazy-too-kind, but thank you so much.

    Comment by lisaiscooking — June 26, 2009 @ 2:56 am

  2. Dana,
    Thank you for that nice comment.
    I enjoy your blog too, though I am not a vegetarian, though I love my veggies.
    I eat everything in moderation, and I love your 35 lb. vegetarian son, I want to bite him!
    PS your husband owes you a Paris weekend or at least a facial for letting him go to Cannes without you!
    Enjoy your vacation!

    Comment by Stacey Snacks — June 26, 2009 @ 3:12 am

  3. Have fun and enjoy your vacations.

    Great links, I’ll visit them. Thanks.

    Comment by Hélène — June 26, 2009 @ 6:00 am

  4. Oh you are SO sweet- you made my day :) I can’t wait to check out the other blogs that I am not familiar with. My google reader keeps growing! Have a wonderful vacation with your super-cute family!

    Comment by fresh365 — June 26, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

  5. Hi Dana,
    I just wanted to say that I was raised as a vegetarian and have stayed so for the entirety of my 28 years. I think I have turned out pretty great :) Seriously though, both my little brother (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)and I were raised as vegetarians and we are both very healthy. I have spent my whole life having people tell me how unhealthy it is, how I can’t possibly be getting enough protein, etc. I never bring up the whole vegetarian issue…but others always do. Sometimes you just have to smile, nod, and change the subject! At least, that’s the best way I have found to deal with it!

    Thanks for the new links for us to all peruse while you are away.

    Comment by Errin — June 26, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  6. He’s adorable.
    I like to point out to (the surprisingly few) people that think vegetarian children are lacking something is that the only thing that is hard to find outside of meat is B12 and that is easily replaced with faux meats boosted with it. And then point to the extra nutritional value the child is getting from home made vegetable sausages compared to the fat laden nutritionless sausages that their child is eating. Doesn’t happen often enough to have perfected my argument though, most people seem smart enough these days to recognize the value of a mostly plant based diet (except my mother).

    After that long comment, have a great trip!

    Comment by Samantha — June 26, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

  7. Great selection of blogs! I’ll check them all out!
    I think that vegetarian does not mean nutrient-deprived. Bringing up a child as a vegetarian just requires a bit more creativity to make sure they get all those proteins, but I can see you’re doing that!
    Have a fun trip!

    Comment by Marta — June 27, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  8. Have a great vacation! Great recommendations, too. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Eralda — June 27, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

  9. Clearly your son is not suffering! What a cutie.

    Have a wonderful, wonderful vacation.

    Comment by The Leftoverist — June 28, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

  10. I’m honored to be listed as a blog you love! :) Have a great trip! And as for feeding a child a vegetarian diet, that’s something my boyfriend and I are quite stuck on, since he’s a meat eater. We have some time to figure things out though.

    Comment by Ashley — June 28, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  11. Congratulation Dana. Oh, your baby look so adorable!

    Comment by elra — June 28, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

  12. Oh, thanks so much for the mention. I can’t wait to check out the rest of these blogs while you’re gone.

    Enjoy your holiday with your family, including your adorable and healthy vegetarian toddler!

    Comment by Hilary — June 28, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  13. Have a lovely trip! Thanks so much for including me on your blog. Your baby looks pretty darn healthy and great to me. Congrats on 200 posts!

    Comment by redmenace — June 28, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  14. Check out that strapping young 2 y/o! Doesn’t look like anyone’s missing their food. ;) Hope you have a wonderful trip. And thanks for the links. There are many links I had never visited.

    Comment by Tammy — June 29, 2009 @ 4:35 am

  15. Congratulations on your 200th post!!! Your baby boy is just such a blessing…thanks for sharing these lovely pictures…enjoy your time and looks forward for more posts.

    Comment by Juliana — June 30, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  16. Congrats! I love the first photo with the chunky legs and the little cute toes. Awesome composition!

    Comment by Jackie @ — July 2, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

  17. Love that squishy looking babe! I have several friends who grew up vegetarian from birth to adulthood and they turned out just fine. Funny that it is even an issue? Thanks for listing me as one of your favorites. It means a lot since your blog is definitely one of mine.

    Comment by kickpleat — July 2, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  18. I am your new biggest fan. What a beautiful blog! I love your about me section…. your meal delivery… all of it. We are new friends :)Take care! I will be a frequent visitoR!

    Comment by Sprouted Kitchen — July 3, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

  19. I’ve missed your posts while you were gone! Hope it was wonderful with your squishy kids and dear husband!

    Comment by Julie — July 5, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  20. thank you thank you thank you! congratulations on your 200th post and have an excellent vacation!

    Comment by kelly — July 5, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  21. whoops just realized your probably home. hope it was a good one :)

    Comment by kelly — July 5, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  22. This is my first time stopping by. Just wanted to say, your little guy is adorable! And happy 200th post. Woo hoo, that’s worth celebrating :)

    Comment by lynn@queenofthecastlerecipes — July 6, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

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