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LH 140: Maximizing Flavor in Our Veggie Recipes

Maximizing Flavor in Our Veggie Recipes

As seasonal eaters, foodies and even as gardeners, we understand the nuances of locally-sourced cucumbers, fresh picked herbs and heirloom tomatoes.

It doesn’t matter if we grow these foods ourselves or not.

We understand their value and we want to deliver the very best of their flavors to our dinner table.

Well, what better way to learn how to bring out the best flavors in seasonal produce than by talking to someone who is known for their delicious plant-based cooking?

And if that someone is also a gardener?  Well, then we are in for a TREAT!

Such is the case with this week’s podcast episode.

I invited on Laura Wright of “The First Mess” Blog to share her chef secrets to delicious vegan and vegetarian meals.

Now, I’m not vegan or vegetarian. And it doesn’t matter if you are either.

All that matters is that we learn new and exciting ways to showcase the wonderful flavors of our garden. And you’ll get that from this interview!


You will learn:

  • Where the name The First Mess comes from
  • Why we needn’t worry about protein in good vegan meals
  • What are “Flavor Savers”
  • Do we have to buy weird ingredients to eat plant-based foods
  • Which sweeteners work best
  • Which ingredients make the best egg substitutes
  • What makes whole spelt flour so special
  • A great way to use up chard from the garden


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Home cooks head to The First Mess for Laura Wright’s simple-to-prepare and seasonal plant-based recipes, but stay for her beautiful photographs and approachable take on everyday wellness.

Laura grew up working at her family’s local food market and vegetable patch in southern Ontario. After attending culinary school and working for one of Canada’s original local food chefs, she launched The First Mess and quickly attracted a large following.

Laura is know for bringing out the best flavors in seasonal produce and she still resides in southern Ontario with her partner and rescue dog Cleo.



Use Up That Extra Chard From Your Garden!

Laura shared about using up chard from our gardens in a simple, delicious soup. And she graciously is sharing her Chard Rice soup recipe from her book.

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Resources & Links Mentioned:The First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright on

The First Mess – Laura’s website

The First Mess* – Laura’s book



Related Episodes:

Episode #133: Growing Fun & Unusual Veggies



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.