Hello and welcome!

My name is Heather, and I live in North Carolina with my amazing husband, Andrew.

and our three spoiled children dogs, Sherlock, Sawyer & Wally.

As a child, I was a shy, meat-and-potatoes kind of gal who always had her head in a book.  I’m still a bookworm but over the past few years, I’ve had my own personal food revolution, exploring vegan and vegetarian lifestyles and finally arriving at the conclusion that a pescatarian diet suits the needs of my body. I have sought to clear away the clutter and define what makes my life whole: faith, family, food, fitness & photography.

I have a passion for all things culinary (I often can be found drooling over the latest Williams-Sonoma catalog or the food porn on Foodgawker or Tastespotting). I have a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering which I have done an exceedingly good job of not using.  The science nerd in me loves to experiment and the kitchen is no exception; hopefully, those experiments will yield some delicious recipes to share here. When I’m not in the kitchen, you can often find me behind the camera, snapping pictures of any and everything.

With this blog, I hope to bring into simple focus real.good.food and random slices of life. While I do enjoy the occasional fried smelt or crabcake, you can expect to find a mix of vegan and vegetarian recipes here. Enjoy!

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dana April 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

i just found you blog on tastespotting and am considering taking on a vegan lifestyle! I look forward to following your recipes : ) The photos so far are fabulous and I can’t wait to make the french toast!


Heather April 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Thanks, Dana! I’m so glad you found the blog – I’m just getting started but I hope to show the delicious side of being vegan :)


Lindy Mint May 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Lovely blog. Beautiful photos. I’m drooling…over the food, that is. :0)


Heather May 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

oh.my.goodness. I have been reading your blog for quite awhile (‘lurking’ if you will) and love it. Thank you so much for stopping by mine! You’ve made my day :)


Sophia May 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

One of your recipes photos on tastespotting led me into your wonderful blog, what a simple clear steps, I love step by step and organized recipes, your way is the best :)


Sarah Lucas May 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Heather, your blog is so inspiring! I love your recipes and photography. I especially like this sentence: “I have sought to clear away the clutter and define what makes my life whole: faith, family, food, fitness & photography.” It is exactly the transition I feel myself going through at the moment.


Heather May 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Awww – thanks, Sarah for such a sweet and thoughtful comment :)


tslmom June 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Love the new look of the site! Keep up the good work. Love you!


Sarah December 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

Nice to “meet” you, Heather. You are so lovely.


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