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Let’s be honest about two things: 1. I like to eat and 2. at one point or another I’ve adhered to some sort of dietary restriction. Starting off Vegetarian, then Vegan, followed by Pescetarian, back to Omnivore, to Gluten Free and ending somewhere in the middle of all them. At the moment, I’m eating  sustainability, responsibly, and am back to Gluten Free.

 Living in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, you can usually find me at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market on Sundays, Whole Foods, riding my bike in the boulevards, hanging out with Susan, whom you will meet shortly, or in my kitchen. A native of Chicagoland for over 20 years, I’ve come to love the summers, accept the winters, and cherish our few days of spring and fall. Morgan

But back to point number one. Growing up with parents who always told me to try things “at least once,” has helped me to discover some of my favorite foods. Eating lobster at the age of 4, asking my mom if I could be vegetarian in 5th grade, and recently tasting my first chicken heart (which tastes like chicken, in case you were wondering) helped me learn not to judge things too quickly. Which is why one of my favorite places to eat in Chicago is a small taqueria outside the train I take to work every day.

Oh, by the way I’m Morgan, and thanks for stopping by!


I wasn’t always Vegan, not even Vegetarian.  I was definitely raised on a standard meat & potato diet my entire life.  My sister went Vegan once and I recall saying “What will she eat? I could never do that!”  Well, one day I ate my own words (but don’t worry, they were Vegan).

Susan Hello, my name is Susan.  I reside in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with my best friend (see above).  I once was a competitive swimmer, turned runner (2 marathons, check!), turned corporate professional, turned wine-o, turned Vegan, turned blogger.  I am type A, but I have Morgan’s personality to balance me out.  I love to travel.  I grew up with two supportive parents and two uniquely awesome sisters.  I have a strange obsession with air planes and still find air

travel to be an amazing feat.  If I’m not in my kitchen, you can find me at a concert or jet-setting to another state.

I’m definitely not a professional chef, but I sure love to cook and bake – taught  by the best, my mother.  I’m also far from a food critic, but I love the challenge of finding cruelty-free eats wherever I go.  Let me be the second to welcome you to our blog.

Fried Tofu

Fried Tofu. The story of two friends with different views on food, coming together on one blog. Susan, the Vegan, Morgan, the not-so-Vegan, working to share recipes, travel experiences, totally awesome products and much more. The main focus will be recipe Face Offs, where we put our own spin on one dish.

 Even though, we take different stances on our diets, this blog is meant to explore and accept all ways of eating and living. We both love food and sharing it with good friends and family, and this is what we intend to do. When meat or dairy is used in a recipe, you can be assured it is from a reliable local and sustainable source, and the recipes will be (for the most part) healthy. Of course, some indulgences will be thrown in for good measure, because who doesn’t need chocolate once and awhile? FriedTofu

So sit down and stay awhile… it’s bound to get fun at some point….right?

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  1. Hello! I just nominated your blog for The Liebster Award. All you have to do is visit my blog for more information and the rules of the award. If you choose to accept this nomination, kindly include your answers to the following questions in your acceptance post:

    Why do you blog?
    Which 3 qualities best describe you?
    Do you eat to live or live to eat?
    Name one celebrity you would like to cook for.
    Can you think of one dish that would define your personality?
    Name 3 reasons why home cooks can be considered on par with chefs.
    If you had the money, name one cause that you would support.
    What is toughest challenge you face while cooking?
    What would your last meal on earth be?
    What is your dream holiday destination?
    Congratulations on the nomination! Happy cooking and blogging!


    Supriya Kutty

    September 12, 2013
  2. Hi Morgan and Susan! I just nominated your blog for The Liebster Award.(OK, I just realized that you have got nominated a few times already!) Anyway, please check on my webpage: for more information and the rules of the award if you are interested. :)

    Congratulations! Wish you all the best! Love your blog!

    Kind regards,

    Eva Wong

    September 9, 2013
    • Hi Eva! Thanks so much for the nomination and the kind words! We will get it checked out for sure, along with your blog.

      Take care!

      September 11, 2013
  3. Hey there! I nominated you for a Liebster award because I love your site. You can check out the details here if you are interested:


    May 1, 2013
  4. More Than Greens #

    Love your blog! It’s my favourite new (to me) blog that I’ve come across in a long time. Great photos, great writing and, it seems, very similar views. Sorry for spamming your notifications in my excitement!. ;-)

    April 17, 2013
    • We’re excited that you’re excited! Glad you found us!

      April 18, 2013
  5. Hello.
    Love your blog. I nominated it for a Leibster Award

    December 1, 2012
  6. Anonymous #

    Hi, I work with your dad, Todd. He talks about you all the time and I am fascinated with healthy eating/lifestyle so he was so kind to pass along your blog to me. I think this is so awesome! I look forward to learning some new recipies on here. My cousin is a vegan too, she sent me this link which I thought you might enjoy as well.

    November 7, 2012
    • Morgan #

      Glad you like it and thank you for sharing the link to the vegan recipes! Susan and I are always looking for inspiration and these look amazing!

      November 8, 2012
  7. Carol Wallace #

    I’ve been lucky to be introduced to delicious vegan meals by my son, Tyler, & we’ve shared many tasty adventures. Ideas for meatless/meatlesser meals should always include a lasagne. What do you have? Carol Wallace

    November 6, 2012
    • We definitely have some meatless lasagnas we’ll be sharing with everyone. Carol, you’ve inspired us to Face Off Lasagna sometime this winter – look forward to that!

      November 8, 2012
  8. I love this duel recipe concept! Looking forward to reading more posts.

    November 4, 2012
  9. Lauren #

    I love your blog, girls!! Morgan I am so much like you on my food lifestyle journey…except never vegan. This is so cool!

    October 24, 2012

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