Hi, I’m Lisa and I created this blog because I want to share my passion for eating and cooking vegetarian. I’m also a librarian, so I like finding and compiling information. I want to help El Pasoans find the best veggie friendly restaurants in town, as well as help you locate hard to find ingredients. I would also like to share some of my favorite recipes, creations, and products.

So, what are my credentials? None really.

I had to learn how to cook when I first became a vegetarian because my parents were not going to make any special meal preparations. This was the best thing that ever happened to me. I fell in love with cooking and I was exposed to new ingredients and cuisines. Most of my knowledge about gastronomy comes from magazines, cookbooks, television, and a stint in a Culinary Arts vocational program during high school. This in turn has created a huge food snob.

Comments, suggestions, and corrections are highly encouraged!

Contact me here or @ bettyfemme@gmail.com


  1. haha…..those reviews in the el paso times are absurd and poorly written………”the chips and salsa were lightly salted, crsipy in texture and the salsa was eloquent yet soft spoken in heat and was created with …i believe…..red tomatoes”. shoot me now! love that ur getting this blog up and i got the recipe down, cant wait to try it this summer!!! and hopefully we can get together for music under the stars.

    • Don’t even get me started!
      Thanks for checking it out : )
      Yes, we must go! I didn’t go to one concert last year.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I love your blog! I can’t say that I’m an “EP veggie” My wife and I try our best to eat healthy and set a good example for our children. You have some of your recipes.


  3. Hi Lisa,

    I meant to say;

    I love your blog! I can’t say that I’m an “EP veggie” My wife and I try our best to eat healthy and set a good example for our children. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.



    • Thanks for stopping by Euri! Glad you like it, because this blog is not limited to just El Pasoans or vegetarians. : )

  4. Lisa! This blog is so awesome! Can’t believe I hadn’t seen it sooner! I’m gonna recommend it to some vegan friends I know 😀 And I am soo up for making any graphics you need! Designing to me is like cooking to you 🙂

  5. Hey there,
    New to El Paso here and I have so far been fruitless in my attempts to find a high end food store. Specifically I am trying to find good cheeses in this town and have been unable to find anything while driving around or surfing the internet. Where should I go?

    Love the blog!

  6. I feel your pain! Have you been to The Greenery Market? They have a decent variety of cheeses from various countries that you can buy by the pound. It’s next to The Greenery Restaurant inside Sunland Park Mall. http://gotogreenery.com/
    Sun Harvest also has a small selection of cheeses at reasonable prices, but they come already cut and packaged. I hate that they wrap the cheese in plastic wrap. I feel like it imparts an undesirable flavor, so I end up cutting off the ends of the cheese.
    BTW, where are you from? Thanks for the compliment!

    • Thanks a lot for the places, I’m going to go check them out this afternoon. I’m from Seattle and most recently, New York.

  7. I understand you may love cheese, as did I…. but, are you aware that every single year, every single dairy cow is inseminated by human men (and women, I’m sure there are some sick women out there in this line of “work”) to keep the milk yield high. Each cow gives birth. Those babies are sent to either auction, a “dead pile” in the back, a veal facility (there are two kinds of veal) or beef (if they are “lucky” enough to be forced to live up to 10 months of hell until they are killed for “beef”).
    You should go vegan…..
    For health information: http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/dairy.html
    For the dairy/veal DIRECT connection, look up “What is veal” or “Where does veal come from” on Google. Even the industry pages explain how they get their baby cows to crate up then kill: The Dairy Industry.
    A nice quote: There’s a slice of veal in every glass of milk.
    Another nice quote: If you’re drinking a glass of milk, it’s because of calf isn’t.

    • Of course I’m aware, I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years! Animal activism is why I initially became a vegetarian. I have even participated in local protests in the past.

      I have decided not to take the step towards complete veganism for personal reasons. I appreciate your enthusiasm and compassion for animals.

      Do you have any favorite vegan recipes you would like to share? On a separate note, are you from or living in El Paso?

  8. So glad I found this site! I’m an El Pasoan but have lived in the DFW area for 18 years now. When I go home it’s a bit of a challenge to find what to eat when everyone wants to go out. I’ll be hitting you up next time I’m in EP.

  9. Oh my goodness, I’m loving this blog already! I love blogs, and a blog about eating vegetarian is super great, I can’t wait to read more and maybe learn to cook some plates my self. ^-^

  10. Hi Lisa,

    Do you ever do some freelance pieces for other outlets? I know a magazine that really needs some writers to review restaurants in El Paso!



  11. Hi Lisa, I’d like to share some info with you about Texas VegFest 2017: this is a Free Public Event
    WHEN: Saturday April 1st, 2017 between 11am and 6pm
    WHERE: Fiesta Gardens right off Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in Austin, Texas!

    We’ve got some of the BEST participants anyone could ask for; Stanford Inn by The Sea, The Beer Plant, The Herbivore Clothing Company, Action for Animals Austin, Follow Your Heart, Will Tucker Fitness, Mr. Natural Austin, Madras Pavilion Austin, Austin Bhakti Yoga, Vitamix, Dr. Bronner’s, Celeste’s Best, Compassion Company, Orgain, Rhythm Superfoods, Beagle Freedom Project, The HAILEY Foundation, Vervet Monkey Foundation, Sweet Ritual, The Natural Citizen, Arlo’s, and so many more local and national vendors are participating!!

    Not only are there great vendors participating this year, we’ve also have an amazing line up speakers!

    1130am Krishna Matta (Madras Pavilion) Krishna is a chef at one of Austin’s well-known Indian restaurants, Madras Pavilion, and will prepare a delicious Indian brunch for us to start off the day!
    1230pm Sarah Petta works as a Doula here in Central Texas. We are excited to hear her discuss plant-based nutrition during pregnancy, and plant-based nutrition for children.
    130pm Jesus Mendoza Jr. (Mr. Natural’s) Jesus will cook up a Mr. Natural’s favorite, featuring unique Mexican flavors found only here in the south!
    230pm Will Tucker (Will Tucker Fitness) After a morning of food and fun, Will Tucker will get attendees moving, and thinking about nutrition misconceptions and myths.
    330pm Chef Lou Mustachio (The Beer Plant) The Beer Plant is the first vegan gastropub, marrying craft beer, wine and cocktails with a 100% plant-based menu, all designed by Chef Lou. You’re not going to want to miss what the chef prepares!
    430pm Ernest Samudio (Action for Animals) Ernest is a long term animal welfare orchestrator whose knowledge and passion are behind the City of Austin banning the bull hook. Ernest will provide information on ordinances as well as action items.

    In addition to all of the great vendors, cooking demos, and lectures, this Austin festival would not be complete without some fantastic live music! Music begins at 11:30 am with the talented Olivia Zane, followed by two of Texas VegFest’s crowd favorites, the Jetsuns at 12:30 pm and One World (R)evolution at 2pm! We’re also very excited to have upcoming pop-artist, and fellow plant lover, Nicole Iris Music perform at 3pm!

    There’s still time to sign up as a sponsor, nonprofit, vendor, or volunteer. We’re accepting all applicants through March 20th! Please share this information with your members — we would love to see you at the festival!

    Website texasvegfest.com

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