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MeganCochran

  • Location: Chicago, IL

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Cook the Book: 'Gluten-Free Girl Every Day'

My husband has only been GF for a few months, but we've been trying a lot of delicious GF recipes. However, most of my favorites are naturally GF like springy shrimp and asparagus salad or bean/ pico corn dip. But, I do love a GF chocolate cake I made for the holidays!

Where should I have my (vegetarian) 30th birthday dinner in Chi?

Budget: Less than $50 a person
Atmosphere: Unpretentious and fun, but not so loud you can't talk at the table; drinks or BYOB available
Cuisine: Just about anything- Japanese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Sushi, Vietnamese, and Mediterranean are some of my favorites.
Thanks for any tips! I always love to try new places, so this will be great. And to clarify, the vegetarian isn't gluten free and the GF isn't a vegetarian.

Chicago witth a Gluten Intolerant Vegetarian

Maybe try Native foods? There are three in Chicago, though none are in the Mag Mile. Their food is all vegan and the GF items are also noted on the menu. Good luck!

No more Inspiration since becoming vegetarian

I had a hard time when we went vegetarian because I still had that same mindset. If you want to set up a meal that way, use tofu or tempeh or seitan or ANY kind of beans for your protein. But, if you want to eat meals in other ways, try exploring foods from different regions of the world- we never ate a lot of mediterranean foods until we went veggie and now it's probably my favorite cuisine. Going to a Farmer's Market or getting a CSA box is always fun for coming up with ways to use new vegetables. Don't be afraid to check out vegetarian blogs, either. We aren't vegan, but I love Vegan Dad's blog. And Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is always on my counter because I use it so much. Good luck!

A Sandwich a Day: The Radical Reuben at Chicago Diner

The California Reuben, a summer seasonal sandwich, is awesome there, too. I'm a vegetarian who has many doubtful carnivore friends and family who all love The Chicago Diner. We take all of our friends there who visit us, and the only negative comment (from a parent) was he didn't like the avocado garnish on a salad. Seriously, this place is amazing for anyone- they only need to have an open mind.

@Huge Galdones, thanks for spotlighting one of my favorite neighborhood places. Sorry for the lack of veggie love. I guess that just means the wait won't be any longer due to Serious Eaters. Less time for me to wait!

Super Bowl Giveaway: California Avocado Gift Box for Guacamole-Making

My favorite way to eat an avocado is with salt, pepper, lime juice on chips. Yum.

Charlie Trotter's restaurant to close in August

I've heard great things about the restaurant, but haven't lived in Chicago long. Is it worth it to go before they close?

Fruit on a Sandwich?

Green apple, brie, balsamic vinegrette, pecans on cinnamon raisin bread. Yum.

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Beyond Tofurkey, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Options

I always make a Portabello Wellington. Yum!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Beyond Tofurkey: Venerable Vegetarian Thanksgiving Options

I always make Portobello Wellington and the carnivores and vegetarians alike eat it up. I cheat and use store-bought puff pastry, but it is vegan, if incredibly unhealthy.

Best brands for veggie products?

I agree with everybody for the "fake" meats. We also eat a lot of seitan, tempeh, and baked tofu. And, of course, lots of beans, though they aren't a meat substitute. Just check out any co-op or market and ask if you aren't sure. Best of luck!

Cook the Book: 'The Boozy Baker'

Dinner on a hot and humid night.

Homemade hummus with pitas and veggies. Easy, cold, and healthy.

Has anyone tried going raw?

I've never done it myself, but I've eaten at raw restaurants. It definitely takes some skill to "cook" that way, but it can be delicious!

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

Everything! I am a vegetarian!

I'm a vegetarian, he's lactose intolerant...

Appetite

I often am not hungry because of stomach issues. If I haven't had much to eat that day, I'll make sure I have something. But if I've been gluttonous all day, missing a meal won't hurt me.

Cook the Book: 'My Bread'

I love baking bread, but I did make a three-grain bread one time that never really rose. But it was a one-time thing. The bread was great every other time I made it!

meat eaters dating vegetarians

My husband became a vegetarian a few years ago, so I stopped having meat at home simply because I wasn't going to cook two different dinners. I gave it up a couple years after he did, but he had nothing to do with it. I was just too lazy to cook it and after a while it just didn't appeal to me anymore.

Easter Brunch -Something Different?

I always do a quiche, but that's pretty typical.

Cook the Book: 'Rose's Heavenly Cakes'

My wedding cake! Really, it was. That's why we picked it.

Cook the Book: 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking'

Probably just some green beer. My husband's in charge of dinner that night!

Schmancy lunches in San Francisco

Greens in the Marina. I've always wanted to eat there!

Cook the Book: 'My New Orleans'

Living in California, I love just about any produce. Right now, I'm loving the oranges on the trees in my neighbor's yard!