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I think the saying is your eyes are bigger than your stomach. In my case, my hunger for reading is bigger than my appetite. While I rarely ever follow recipes, I love to read them.

With no discrimination of sources, I find inspiration from cookbooks, both old (Theory and Practice of Good Cooking by James Beard) and modern (The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg); from magazines (although not as much since the demise of Gourmet); from newspapers; and of course, from blogs.

I read a recipe like a story. Like a delicious adventure.

While restaurants in D.C. are starting to offer more vegetarian and vegan options, sometimes the best place to find a meatless meal is at home. Here are some food experiments from local bloggers that I’m interested in pursuing.

  • Vegetarian Sloppy Joes (pictured): Tofu subs for ground beef in this classic messy sandwich. [Macheesmo]

  • Tuscan Kale and Chickpea Pasta: Sometimes an easy pasta dish is the answer. Add greens and beans and call it a night. [Veggie Belly]
  • Pumpkin Spice Pancakes: Breakfast for dinner never gets old. [Metrocurean]
  • Vegan Pumpkin Soup: The long ingredient list reads like a “Who’s Who” of deliciousness: coconut milk, peanut butter, and Sriracha. [DCFüd]
  • Indian Naan Pizza with Homemade Paneer Cheese with two sauces — Spicy Spinach Curry and Indian Garam Masala: For the seriously ambitious, try making naan, paneer, and two sauces from scratch. Wow. [The Front Burner

Photo courtesy of Nick Evans at Macheesmo