About Me

20130710_094848Hi, I’m Elana, the Inventive Vegetarian.

I love cooking and eating.  I also love feeding people.  Most importantly, I love the way food brings people together.  Do you ever find that you can bond with someone just by talking about your favorite dish, or that new recipe you’ve wanted to try?  Does it warm your heart to spend a day cooking, then gather your friends around your table and share your hard work with them?  For me, there is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a good meal with good friends (though good wine doesn’t hurt either).

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 10, and I’ve been cooking for even longer.  Growing up in an observant Jewish home, my after school activity every Friday afternoon was helping my mom cook for Shabbat.  My assignments ranged from soup to salad to that Duncan Hines brownie mix we always seemed to have in the pantry.  As a result, I’ve always felt comfortable in the kitchen and am always ready to host the next big meal.  Since then, I’ve explored the world of cooking on my own, I’ve become addicted to Food Network, and I’ve even taken a cooking class where I learned some basic techniques.

More recently, I decided to go into the field of nutrition and became a Registered Dietitian.  I try very hard to incorporate the things I’ve learned into my cooking.  This blog reflects the way I eat, and the way I think most people should eat; mostly healthy, nutritious foods with the occasional dash of dessert and indulgence on the side (I think we can all admit that we need a little indulgence from time to time). Please note, this site is dedicated solely to food, and I don’t discuss nutrition here. However,I do offer nutrition services, including individual counseling. If you’re interested, please do contact me to set something up.

Here are a few other important things about me that I think you should know:

– I shoot with a Nikon D5100 with a standard 18-55 mm lense.  When I don’t have the time to cook during the day, I light up my creations with a nifty, homemade “lightbox.”

– I have a kosher kitchen.  Sometimes this limits the things I can make in it, but I’m essentially vegan these days, so it usually doesn’t really make a huge difference.  More importantly, I am a sabbath (and every other holiday) observant Jew, which means that my life revolves around eating large, communal meals regularly.

– I own way too many cookbooks.  This has never stopped me from buying more.  At any given moment, I have at least 5 cookbooks on my wishlist on Amazon.

– Want to be my best friend?  Introduce me to a good bottle of wine.  Wine makes everything taste better, whether that means you’re cooking with it or drinking it with your meal.

I appreciate any and all feedback.  I also like friendly people who just want to say “hi.”  I promise I’ll say “hi” back!  You can contact me at theinventivevegetarian@gmail.com.  Or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

Cheers!

-Elana
The Inventive Vegetarian