Kathryne Taylor

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Kathryne Taylor from food blog favorite Cookie and Kate is concerned with whole foods;  in other words, food that is as close to its source as possible. This, combined with her vegetarian regiment, results in recipes that are both delicious and healthy. And with recipes like sweet peach, basil and ricotta flat bread and summer squash tacos with avocado chimichurri, she has us all considering the vegetarian route. Today we’re ushering in our first vegetarian for The Epicurean’s Questionnaire  – we promise after reading it, even the most steadfast of carnivores may just be eyeing vegetable based entrees this weekend.

Describe your ideal food day…

First and foremost, all meals would be shared with good friends. Our day would start with mugs of rich, French pressed coffee (mine with a splash of milk). I’d get giddy over an omelette made with local eggs, fresh herbs, vegetables and goat cheese.

We’d lunch at a great little Greek restaurant, preferably one with a nice outdoor patio. I’d get the vegetarian plate—falafel, hummus, several different salads.

For dinner, we’d teleport to The Secret Stash in Crested Butte, Colorado to eat the arugula-topped pizza and drink a couple bottles of Chianti. Finish it all off with some Italian gelato and I’d call it the best food day ever.

What is your drink?

A cup of coffee in the morning, water throughout the day. My simple go-to cocktail is bourbon and soda with lemon.

Your fast go-to recipe when eating in?

Whole wheat quesadillas stuffed with all sorts of random leftovers. Cheese, beans, herbs, scrambled eggs, kale, quinoa, salsa, whatever. I try to pick a theme based on what’s on hand (Mexican, Greek or garden style) and it always turns out well.

What would your last meal be and who would it be with?

Can I make it the meal at The Secret Stash, with all my friends and family?

How do you start your day?

First I chug a glass of water and feed my dog. Then I set a pot of water on the stove for my coffee, which I’ll sip while I eat breakfast. Breakfast, which I never skip, is usually something super simple. Hearty whole wheat toast with smashed avocado and sea salt or peanut butter and honey is hard to beat.

Favorite place to travel for food?

Italy!

What ingredient do you consider overrated?

I’m going to get flack for this one, but I’ll go ahead and say beets. Sure, they’re beautiful in photographs, but I’m always disappointed by the flavor. Perhaps I’ve never had a great beet. They make my throat scratchy though, so I guess we aren’t meant to be.

What ingredient are you convinced makes everything better?

Citrus! Citrus makes everything better. More specifically, I add a squeeze of lemon to punch up dishes and extra lime to cocktails or boring lagers.