hi & hello

I’m a little afraid that by making my own blog I’m revealing that I take myself too seriously. 

It’s probably true. In any case, I think I have something to share, and I am loving creating stuff for you. This is a food blog, but it’s also a photography blog and a do-it-yourself blog.  I hope you enjoy what I come up with – not only in the kitchen, but the little ideas I have that make life a little more fun (and hopefully more beautiful).

But besides posting what I am doing and cooking and making: I am open to suggestions (requests or demands!). What do you want to see here? My goal is to bring all of of the biggest parts of my life into one place: photography, food, and creativity – but it is also to involve you. I hang out with myself a lot – I know what I think. I want to know what you think about and want to know more about, and create a community here to share ideas and inspire one another. My plan is for this to be a very crowd-sourced journal: what do you want to know how to do? I’ll do the research and try it out and post the results of recipes, diy projects, reviews, et cetera. 

I hope you stick around. Don’t forget to subscribe to email inbox updates (the pink box on the right sidebar there — > ) so you remember to visit.

So: my name is chel. My spirit animal is a rabbit. Talk to me here or send me an email at cbshaffer at gmail dot com

your host, chel rabbit

P.S. The foods on this blog will be “cruelty-free”: that is, to the best of my knowledge, I will avoid the use of any product that has been produced or made possible by the use of animals. 

I don’t think anyone disagrees that there it is immoral to kill when it is unnecessary – well, it is unnecessary, and even healthier for you. I have always felt it was kind of my moral duty to avoid animal products. I know that animals are feeling, thinking creatures, and now that I know, it would be wrong for me to ignore it.

Why not just vegetarian then…? Because living creatures are not commodities. It’s immoral to “own” a living being, or use it for your own desires. It’s not that I don’t love hot dogs or eggs or tuna tartare: I just don’t need them, and have come to the conclusion that it’s unethical for me to inflict damage on others, especially unnecessarily. I know many a backyard chicken who died from neglect. And even if I treated you well, it still wouldn’t be right to set you up in a coop in the backyard and own you. It succumbs to the mindset of possession and animals as property – implements for our use: a thing rather than a living being. You and I wouldn’t call a dog “it”, but she or he. And that should be the same for all animals.

The bonus of not just enhancing but diminishing our damage on others’ lives by reducing energy use and resources doesn’t hurt either.

I like to say that I eat and buy vegan, not that I am vegan. It seems a lot less scary this way: you don’t have to become someone else.  My philosophy is to do the most good you can. You might find that you can do more. It’s hard to change the way you have lived your whole life – it can be challenging and even frustrating at first – but  it will become easier, more satisfying, and much healthier, and much, much kinder.

And besides: it was the best thing I ever did for my cooking skills. I have discovered so many new foods and ways of preparing it, and the way I cook is intensely more creative. It’s a good challenge. I dare you to try it. 

18 thoughts on “hi & hello

  1. Katie @ Produce on Parade

    Chel, I am so delighted to have found your blog! I always love finding other vegan blogs :) Also, I have to say, Harriet is absolutely beautiful. I think her and Bailey (my doggy) would be best friends :D This is speculation, of course…

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    1. Chels Post author

      Yay, I’m so glad you stopped by. Bailey is freakin’ adorable. He has such a happy grin. Harry probably would have a major crush.

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  2. Heather

    Hi Chel,

    Found your blog while searching for someway to use up a bunch of extra shallots. I am by no means vegan but do search how those recipes because I believe it fosters creativity.

    Thanks!
    Heather

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    1. Chels Post author

      Hi Heather!
      Glad you found the blog (: I completely agree, I think cooking vegan is just another way of cooking and it is definitely a good way to learn new things. I’m glad you think so too!
      -chels

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  3. Melissa

    Just wanted to let you know that a bunch of your links are not working. Specifically the gingerbread cake on the first or second page. Every link I click to get the recipe takes me to a photo. The same thing is happening with the polenta and pumpkin cakes I think they are on the second page. Your stuff looks amazing and would love to make some.

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    1. Chels Post author

      Hi Melissa! Thank you for letting me know, I really appreciate it- I thought it was a problem only I was experiencing. After a bit of trial and error, I realized it was actually a problem with my Pinterest application. Thanks again Melissa, I hope you give the site another chance :)
      CHELRABBIT

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  4. Fred

    Hi Chel,

    Your comments on the subject of vegan cheese, esp Daiya, were spot on. I just returned from Expowest and sampled a variety of vegan cheeses, none of which were particularly good. As it happens, I’m working on a vegan cheese formula myself and hope to have it in production in the near future. It’s a challenge but there are so many possibilities for improvement that I feel certain there are some amazing products coming down the pike (assuming the world doesn’t blow up first).

    Keep up the good work~
    Fred

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    1. Chels Post author

      Hey Fred, I am also really excited about how the world seems to be welcoming veganism. It’s exciting to see all the new products coming out! Let me know how your cheese making comes out; it sounds like a very exciting (and complicated?) venture.
      Thanks for visiting (:
      CHELRABBIT

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  5. NHmom

    My husband and I are new to vegan cooking . I stumbled onto your website and am thrilled by your creativity with the recipes. I cannot wait to start making some. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

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  6. Tedi

    Hey Chel! I found your site from you mother (she commented on one of my blog posts) and you have a great site! Agree with everything you are saying. Will be back to check out more :)

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    1. Chels Post author

      Aw, my mom. I’m glad she sent you here and that you like it! She sent me to your site, too – blogger version of a matchmaker, apparently, but the woman knows what I like (: And I am in looove with your bunnies!

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  7. Matt

    Props to you for putting serious thought into this. I’m reminded of years ago when I heard philosopher Peter Singer on the radio as I was driving to work. It had a profound effect on me.

    Blog post idea: where to buy vegan shoes in the Bay Area.

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  8. Natalie

    Hi, Chel!!

    Your explanation of why you cook cruelty-free, why you say that you “buy and eat vegan” instead of you **being** vegan, and the fact that your cooking skills have expanded by choosing to cook this way = perfection!!

    Love love, love the energy and vibes you are putting out in the world!!! :)

    Much love and mad respect!

    - Natalie

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    1. Chels Post author

      Thanks for that, Natalie… That’s my second draft. It’s what I wish I could tell people when they ask me the “why are you vegan” question — I can never manage to properly answer so I had to write it out instead.

      Also I am so so glad you tried the brownies and liked them! Made my day.

      cheeeers and have a good weekend :) hope you come round again soon.

      chel

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      1. Dana

        Hey Chel-What’s for dinner? It’s been a while since you posted and since I love your blog so much I want to see more (and eat more good vegan food!)
        xoxo

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