Hi! I’m Karlie, and you must be interested in eating more plants. Here, you’ll find the recipes that I’ve added to my repertoire over my 9+ years of cooking and eating plant-based food. They’re a homey and rustic combination of dishes inspired by my travels in Italy with some childhood nostalgia peppered in throughout.
I hope these dishes will get you excited for dinner time when you can get creative in the kitchen. Cooking and sharing food with people I love is my greatest passion, and I hope to spark that same fire within you — and if that already exists, consider this a fan to the flame.
Where it started
After working in restaurants for four years, I decided it was time to put my advertising degree to use with a desk job at a startup — but that didn’t squash my curiosity for food. I continued cooking my way through the world of plants, earning certifications from online culinary schools including Rouxbe’s Plant-Based Professional Course and Food Future Institute.
Taking the leap back into full-time fooding
During the summer of 2022, I made the hard decision to quit my agency job to pursue my passion of food and veganism. I now balance my time working as a pastry chef at a plant-based restaurant in Austin and freelance writing for an agency. I also help small businesses with content marketing and SEO (you can learn more about my services here).
When I’m not working, I’m testing new recipes, buying obscene amounts of cookbooks, and watching food documentaries and shows. When the weather’s nice, you’ll find me tending to my vegetable garden, fawning over eggplants, peppers, beans, and cucumbers.
My husband Nathan washes more dishes than anyone ever should. Our cat Percy curiously watches it all from his perch on a barstool. If he’s a good boy, he’ll get a teeny nibble of his favorite food ever — bread!
What can I say? Like mother, like son.