About Me

Hi!  My name is Erin.  I moved to Northern California from Gainesville, FL in 2008.  I currently live in San Leandro with my boyfriend and my cat, and I work in Berkeley.


I came to veganism gradually.  I gave up beef and pork in high school, chicken and turkey a few years later, and seafood in my last year of college.  I took the final step and went vegan in 2005.

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From October ’09 through March 2010, I attended the Natural Chef Program at Bauman College.  To see all of my posts regarding Bauman, including my thoughts on the program, click here.  If you have any questions about my experience at Bauman, or about anything on the blog, feel free to contact me at veganhomemade@gmail.com.

I hope to eventually make cooking my full time job, and am currently available for in-home catering or personal chef jobs on nights or weekends.  Click here for more info!


  1. Sarah said

    All your food looks soooo delicous! would you mind sharing the recipe for the pumpkin cinnamon rolls you had a picture of? I need to make cinnamon rolls for easter and those look so good!! thanks!

  2. veganhomemade said


    It’s from the Don’t Eat Off The Sidwalk zine. The author has generously place it online though: http://donteatoffthesidewalk.com/?p=129

  3. Janeen said

    I like you. I like when you feed me soy-free vegan food. And I like when I can also feed you, occasionally.

    We should have an Indian-themed night where we make a couple of curries and basmati rice with all kinds of veggies and naan. MMMM.

  4. FOOD TRANCE! << said

    I like that you have a bottle of Whiskey next to you….
    Is Jameson vegan? Makers Mark is fo sure!


  5. veganhomemade said

    It was St. Patrick’s Day, what can I say? Also notice the colcannon, the potato bread, and the clovers I tried to stencil onto the cake.

  6. wellsphere said

    Great recipes, thanks for sharing it! Would love to feature you on Wellsphere.com, a site that helps people to live healthier. Can’t find a contact form so thought I’d comment; look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Larisa

  7. Bonnie said

    Hi! I just found out about your blog, I’m glad I did! erm, are you Jamboxrock on VF or maybe other forums? I think I remember seeing some really fabulous food picture posts by you somewhere on there…

  8. veganhomemade said

    Bonnie – I am, in fact, jamboxrock on VF and PPK. I am also, in fact, fabulous. Glad you found me too!

  9. Hiya Erin,

    It’s Kitteh off PPK/V.Forum. Thought I’d let you know I’ve added your blog to a list of my fave blogs on my new blog. Your food always looks amazing!


  10. Erin said

    Hi, fellow FL vegan Erin! We have lots in common don’t we? 😉
    Check out my blog @ flvegan.wordpress.com!
    Enjoy & have a great day!

  11. melanie said

    i enjoy your blog a lot! makes my mouth water!

    melanie/eight (via PPK)

  12. Hi Erin! I didn’t know your email address but I figured you’d see this. I’m having a birthday party on Saturday and you should totally come, if you’d like! 😀 Drop me a line!

  13. Andrew D. said

    I just randomly came across your blog and I can’t stop reading it. How do I get involved in a care package thing like you do? I’m vegetarian but I love trying new food.

    • veganhomemade said

      Andrew – The swap where I got all the Japanese stuff was through theppk.com. This is the third one I’ve done and they’ve all been great.

  14. Becca said

    I love your blog. What CSA do you belong to? I live in SF but work in the East Bay….your CSA boxes look awesome! Thanks!

    • veganhomemade said

      Hi Becca – I get deliveries from Farm Fresh to You, and would recommend them for SF or the East Bay. farmfreshtoyou.com

  15. Julia said

    Yay for homemade vegan cooking! Just found your blog and love it!

  16. jocelyn said

    Hello Erin,
    I just stumbled upon your blog when I googled “vegan reno.” I only gotten to skim through it so far – love it! Thanks! I took a quick look at your Las Vegas entry also. You got to go to all the buffets I wanted to go to but couldn’t afford – next trip. Are you still in San Leandro?

    I just wanted to say “hello” and great blog.

    • veganhomemade said

      Hi! Yep, still in San Leandro for now…

  17. mommabear said

    I just love your blog and wanted to let you know that I’ve awarded you with the One Lovely Blog Award…visit my blog to see the rules, http://www.smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com

  18. miki said

    i love all vegans

  19. Megan said

    Hey, I really love your detailed pictures, they are crystal clear, thank you for sharing your beautiful work. Now stop it your makin me hungry! ;o)

  20. Happy Holidays, Erin!

    I just wanted to let you know that we’re launching our Affiliate Coupon Program this week. Please let me know if you’re interested in receiving more information. Thanks so much!

  21. Greg said

    Erin, your food looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Keep up the great work!

  22. Ahhh I love your recipes!!! Please keep them coming!!

  23. ainjali said

    Dear Erin
    Love your blog. I am seeking your permission to share with my friends in Facebook. Kindly reply.

    • veganhomemade said

      Hi Ainjali – Sure, if it’s just posting links that’s fine!

  24. Ryan said

    Hi – Rad vegan site! I’m planning to feature it on a VegVine.com browser bar for vegetarians. We are a group of vegan volunteers connecting people with veg resources like yours. Our goal is a world with greater compassion. It seems like we share that. If you can squeeze it into your schedule I’d love to chat. Ryan, president http://www.VegVine.com (Ryan@VegVine.com or 215-589-2437)

  25. Elizabeth said

    Hi Erin,

    I noticed you tried our Mango CoGo smoothie during your cleanse. How did the rest of your cleanse go?

    Hope you’re well.


    • veganhomemade said

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for noticing. Cleansing is always difficult for me due to the limitations, but luckily there are pre-made products like yours for when I’m feeling lazy 🙂

  26. katy said

    Sorry- I couldn’t find an e-mail address to write you. Do you ever hike in the bay area, or visit woodsy areas? I hike there and went to the hospital with Bells Palsy, it took a while to figure out but it was actually Lyme Disease from a tick bite (which we never saw…) While the palsy went away the other symptoms like fatigue started creeping up and only antibiotics would work. Just a thought. You can read up on symptoms and the best doctors at ilads.org

    • veganhomemade said

      Hi, and thanks so much for your comment and concern. I actually did go hiking at Lake Chabot a few days before getting sick, so I am on the look out for other symptoms in case it might be Lyme Disease. So far, so good. I really appreciate you taking the time to make sure I was aware!

  27. Julia said

    I love your blog! All of your “homework” posts inspired me to look into the Bauman program for the future. I would love to know how you liked the program.

    • veganhomemade said

      Julia – I really enjoyed the Natural Chef program at Bauman, and was glad I did it in the end. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me: jamboxrock AT hotmail DOT com

  28. Karin said

    Hi Erin,
    I just found your website looking for a vegan recipe and noticed your cat. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Your cat looks just like my cat Charlie! He looks exactly like him not just a little! It’s unbelievable!

    I live in Modesto, CA. and used to live in San Leandro too. I moved to Modesto about 5 years ago . If you ever want to get together to talk about vegan food or our cats let me know. I’m in Oakland on Mondays usually for work.

    I’m glad I found your site. Maybe I’ll learn something from you. Thanks.


  29. Marisa Griffin Linebarger said

    Hey Vegan lady!

    I had no idea you were over here on the west coast!!!
    If you ever come up to the PDX area, give me an email and I’ll show ya around this awesome foodie city! 🙂

    Also, FHS Wildcats #1 woo woo woo! hah.


  30. Surinda said

    Dear Erin

    I have had a look at your website and I love your recipes.

    Could you please help me on something…. I have been trying to make scones from a while now with wholemeal wheat … and they turn out to be quite crumbly and so soft that you cannot apply any jam or any toppings on them,…. which I think is may be because the recipe calls for eggs and I do not eat eggs… I was wondering if you can suggest some recipes please…. thank you


  31. Gary said

    Hi Erin,

    IIN is starting a “100 Best Healthy Recipes for Summer” project and we were wondering if you would like to contribute a recipe. It will be featured on blog.integrativenutrition.com

    Please contact me if you’re interested.


  32. Liz Sandoval said

    Hi, I ran into your blog on my search for “maranitos” pan dulce recipe. I did not find your mentioned vegan version. I am not vegan but wanted to compare it to the regular recipe. Thank you…Liz.

  33. Lynne said

    Small world! I’m from Berkeley and I moved near Gainesville (but GA not FL lol.) Nice pics YUM!

  34. Hi Erin!

    I nominated you for two awards!

    Thank you so much for all your thoughtfulness, I became Vegan 5 months ago and I have never been happier!!!! It’s blogs like yours that help me to create what I need to stay in my Vegan Bliss!!!! hehehe


  35. Maia said

    Hi Erin,
    You have lots of fans. I, too, love what you’ve got going on here! And what’s more…although you only have one post here, I love it! Therefore, I’ve nominated you for “Inspiring Blog Award” and “One Lovely Blog Award” I know there seem to be lots of these floating around, but in case you should be interested, you post 7 facts about yourself and nominate 15 bloggers you like. Here’s where you can find my post nominating you if you’re curious. http://thesaltwatertwin.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/pretty-fancy/
    And hopefully my link to your blog will bring your yummy recipes to lots more grateful bellies!

  36. Hi 🙂 So glad to have stumbled across your blog, looking forward to viewing your future posts!
    In the meantime id love it if you checked out my veggie (hopefully turning vegan) blog, I include lazy but healthy vegan recipes 🙂


  37. coastalmom said

    My daughter embraced the vegan lifestyle this year!
    I am inspired and impressed by you all! Great blog! Check hers out!


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