Monday, August 3, 2009

Welcome to Veg Baker, J.D.!

Hello new readers, and welcome to my corner of the internet!

My name is Beth, and I've decided to take on the blogosphere to talk about my exploits in baking. Let me explain!

I am an attorney, happily practicing in Chicago, Illinois. I live in the city with my husband Greg and our two crazy pooches, Lucy and Sheila. I enjoy cooking, but I have long loved to bake as a hobby. Recently, I've begun experimenting with favorite recipes more and more. I've been a vegetarian for almost five years, and lately, I've been thinking about reducing or eliminating the dairy and egg products I use in my baked goods. I have been curious to see if I can modify recipes in such a way that I can enjoy my favorite desserts, without the guilt!

The purpose of this blog is to share my baking adventures with all of you, including recipes, things that worked well, and things that didn't go exactly to plan. Essentially, I will be documenting my journey, and as such, the journey may change along the way, to encompass cooking, tip and tricks I learn along the way...who knows! I hope you'll join me and see what happens.

On a side note, I hope everyone feels welcome at this website. I am a vegetarian because that is the lifestyle choice that is correct for me; I don't feel comfortable dictating personal choices to my readers. I hope vegans and omnivores alike will follow along. That said, people often have questions about why I'm a vegetarian, and I'm always happy to talk about how I got here, so feel free to drop me a comment or an email if you are so inclined.

On the topic of comments, I would love comments, both kudos and criticisms, although I do ask that comments stay constructive.

Thanks for joining me, and let the baking begin!

PS: Because the lawyer in me can't resist...although I hope Veg Baker, J.D. becomes a place where readers and I can swap advice about baking and cooking, this website is personal and non-legal in nature. Therefore, nothing on this blog should be construed as legal advice or as legal representation.


  1. Hey girl! I'm always happy to find some new veggie recipes. I was a vegetarian for most of college and though JP and I eat meat now, at least half of my cooking repetoire is vegetarian. Landon also refuses to eat meat (unless it's in nugget form and I refuse to eat that) so we're all about the veggies. I hope you and Greg are doing well!

  2. Hey Beth! This is a great idea - I successfully went all veggie for a little while this year, & not so much w/the pregnancy, but we try to do as much veggie cooking at home as possible. And you may not know this about me, but I love to bake, & am always trying to make my faves w/whole wheat & grains, but many times I don't make amendments & just dry them out. Have you seen She's great & might inspire.

    Megan Fitzgerald (/Ferrari, in case you are confused)

  3. Hi everyone; thanks for commenting!

    LL, it's so great to hear from you! I'm glad you'll be following along. I had no idea that you had a veg streak; how fun! I still have your dulce de leche cake recipe, which is seriouly awesome. Your blog posts make me want to take a vacation in Austin - I've never been and it looks like such a neat place to visit.

    Meg, thanks for checking in and for the website suggestion; I will definitely check it out, because I am always ALWAYS looking for new recipes. Your comment inspired me to think about baking with grains, so I'll be dedicating Wednesday's post to you. :) I know what you mean; making the right substitutions makes all the difference in the world.