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Who are you?

This is me, Branny.  My name isn’t really Branny.  But that’s what you can call me.

I’m in my mid-20s, biding time until my choice veterinary school decides they are ready for me.

Until then, I’m a veterinary technician.

Do you need more stats?

Well, my height is 5′ 4 3/4″ and my eyes are brown and about as big as Tootsie Pops.  I wear size 8 shoes and I was born in South Carolina.

Why do you cook?

I didn’t grow up with a cooking history.  Food was definitely an afterthought throughout my childhood.  Erm…I have very few (1?) family recipes.  I grew up eating meat.

What do you eat?

I’ve been a vegetarian for many years now. OOPS!  Check this out. There are many reasons why I eliminated meat from my diet, and that story touches on respect for animals (obviously if I work in the animal industry), health-issues, and environmental responsibility.

I don’t expect anyone to accommodate my eating habits.  I will not throw a fit at a cookout if someone has no vegetarian entree.  I chose this life and I make do.  I do not push my choices on my husband.  He remains an omnivore.  (Although my meat substitutes are so convincing that he doesn’t realize how little meat he actually consumes.  Shhh).

Speaking of the Omnivore…DSCF0114 Here he is!  He’s a happy-go-lucky-guy who is my biggest cheerleader through it all.  He’s come quite a long way in his eating habits as I’ve taken cooking from an obligation to a true hobby.

Where do you live?

We live in the South.

Do you have kids?

The Omnivore and I are childless.  We got married in 2006 and are just enjoying each other with our two dogs, Flo and Blue.  They’re both 6 years old and both girls.  And they’re soul mates.  IMGP4303They came from the same shelter, Blue as a pup and Flo as an adult.

They pretty much go everywhere with us.  But they don’t eat my food.  They aren’t even allowed in the kitchen.  But they’re okay with that.

And that’s about it.  I think.  Oh yeah, you can reach me at brannyboilsover@gmail.com

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2009 12:50 am

    Your blog is fabulous!

  2. September 3, 2009 8:38 pm

    Very cool, Branny! Met you at the potluck the other night and finally had a moment to check out your blog. I’ll continue to stop by — and tell others.

    Ciao!

    • brannyboilsover permalink*
      September 4, 2009 11:52 am

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. anna stewart permalink
    September 25, 2009 12:13 pm

    Brady, Saw your mom yesterday in Columbia. Was thrilled to hear from you and delighted to see her and catch up on her life.
    Your recipes sound wonderful. You have remained one of my favorites. I am years older since seeing you but have thought
    of you often. Your life sounds exciting and happy. My best to you.

  4. Yelena Clark permalink
    September 28, 2009 7:20 am

    Brady, it was nice to meet you yesterday. You have adorable doggies. Thanks for sending this recipe blog, the recipes look amazing, can’t wait to try them! Hope to see you soon at another hike or potluck 🙂

  5. November 5, 2009 3:40 pm

    Hi Branny! 😉 GREAT recipes! I am going to have to try these soon!
    Healthy Eating
    Tasha

  6. Tamara Vukusic permalink
    November 11, 2009 2:25 am

    Hi Branny. I just discovered your site (via my sister through your mom). I loved this site as soon as I saw it and can’t wait to start in on these recipes. It is a very easy to navigate blog (and very visually luring!). I have just sent this link to a number of friends up here in Canada. If you decide to turn these recipes into a cookbook add me to the list of people in line! I’ll be checking in. Cheers, Tamara

    • brannyboilsover permalink*
      November 11, 2009 7:17 am

      Welcome welcome! Thanks for the compliments and enjoy the ride. Who knows — if veterinary school doesn’t work out, a cookbook just might 🙂

  7. wendy permalink
    December 10, 2009 6:52 pm

    Hi Branny,

    I just discovered your blog and have been reading it for the better part of today! I am SO intrigued by your recipes! I’m going to attempt either the spanakopita’s or the southwest cous cous salad. Both look (and sound) FANTASTIC!!

    Thanks for such a great website, and all your hard work 🙂
    wendy

  8. January 4, 2010 10:03 am

    I stop by this blog all the time as it has quickly become one of my favorites!

    Mari

  9. conradvisionquest permalink
    January 5, 2010 10:21 am

    yay! more veggie recipes! can’t wait to browse through… love the blog.

  10. Whitney S. permalink
    January 21, 2010 10:19 am

    Wow this is very interesting. I cannot wait to pass it on to my family. I’m definately going to have to pick out some recipes. I love to cook and we try to eat healthy. Stay well! Hello to Mrs. Stewart up there 🙂

    • brannyboilsover permalink*
      January 21, 2010 11:06 am

      Can you believe Mrs Stewart dropped in on my blog!? Crazy. Mom ran into her at Steinmart one day. Rumor has it, she’s still exactly the same!

  11. Tebbe permalink
    February 24, 2010 8:06 pm

    oooh food I knew there was something special about you! I am going to add some to our rotation.

  12. May 21, 2010 4:24 pm

    I like your attitude toward your choice not to eat meat. I think a lot of vegetarians get a bad rap from the people who get preachy about it. Being an omnivore myself, I’m very picky about the meat I do eat (for similar reasons why you don’t eat meat), and I would always accommodate a vegetarian that came to my house. 🙂

  13. May 25, 2010 10:22 am

    Hi, there. My name is Jen Rothacker and I’m a writer/editor at the Charlotte Observer. Kathleen Purvis suggested I email you. We’re Beta testing a new website on Facebook called Insight. Our goal is for bloggers to post a few paragraphs of a blog entry on the site (you can do this every time you have a new post) and then link back to their original blog. Everyday, we’ll feature a couple of the blogs and promote them on CharlotteObserver.com. The ultimate goal is to have a site where folks can get a glimpse of who’s blogging about what in NC/Charlotte, and for those bloggers to get more traffic.

    That said, I’d love it if you’d post to Insight. Just go to theobserverinsight.com and register (which you can do via your Facebook log in). Go to the “Share your blogs and stories” tab and then click on “Excerpt your blog” and go from there. Include enough paragraphs to get folks interested but wanting more.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to pass this on to fellow bloggers.

  14. Sherry permalink
    July 30, 2010 1:15 pm

    OMG! Happened on your site by accident looking for spaghetti sauce recipes for my crockpot. How refreshing to read your blog. You have a completely laid back and easy to follow style to your writing. When I read that the chances you will never brown meat prior to placing in crockpot were slim to none, I instantly felt a connection! lol. Anyway, your blog has been placed on my favorites – love your style, love your story, and am sure I will love your sauce!

  15. Clarkie permalink
    August 6, 2010 6:34 pm

    Hi Branny,
    Love your blog! I recently lost 45 pounds with exercise and healthy food. I am now trying to eat less meat. I made your Apple Sausage today and want to do the Chicken version. You mention several ways to prepare the final product but what about storage? After steaming can I freeze? Without freezing how long can I expect the product to last in the fridge?
    Thanks for blogging. I will visit often. You are now “Bookmarked”.
    Clarkie

    • brannyboilsover permalink*
      August 6, 2010 8:45 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog! Congrats on your weight loss and diet change. I think that the Chicken Apple Sausages are the most underappreciated recipe on the blog (well, really, all of the meat substitutes are). As far as storing the meat substitutes, they can definitely be frozen in the aluminum foil wraps that they are cooked in for up to 3 months. I would feel comfortable simply refrigerating them for up to a week as well. Enjoy!

  16. August 12, 2010 8:12 pm

    Hi there, I have stumbled across your blog through the WordPress dashboard, and I am glad I did. I have a food blog myself, please check it out! (www.ezsrecipes.com) Aside from blogging about food, though, I feel like we have a lot in common. (I love animals, I TRIED to be a vegetarian for some of the same reasons as you – I still struggle with eating meat, and I, too am concerned with environmental responsibility, to name a few.) So I will definitely be coming back to your blog. One more thing we have in common? We have the same background. Off to a good start! Haha! Nice to have met you! 🙂
    Emily

  17. September 3, 2010 2:25 pm

    I have been AWOL! I have not seen your new blog. I love it!! I love this write up too….

  18. Elaine K permalink
    December 7, 2010 7:14 pm

    Congratulations: Your farm is beautiful and sure to be an inspiration and your posts are very entertaining. Look forward to my subscription.
    Enjoyed meeting you and “The Omnivore” at Thanksgiving.

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