about me

    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

    Contact Emily

    For general inquires, contact: EmilyBMalone@gmail.com.

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    Looking forward to chatting with you!


    What’s Cooking?

    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

The Next Food Blog Star?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve never met a food I didn’t like.  I have always LOVED to eat!

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And when I wasn’t busy eating, I could be found outside playing in the sunshine.  My mom used to have to hunt me down in the summertime and drag me inside as the sun was going down. 

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Even as an adult, I sometimes need to be convinced that we don’t need to be running around outside ALL of the time.

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For 15 years, I stretched, tumbled, and twisted my body as a competitive gymnast.

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Today, I like to call it YOGA.

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And ever since the beginning, I have felt a strong connection to animals.  Even the scariest and slimiest creatures have always held a place in my heart.

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So it doesn’t really surprise me that two years ago I decided to stop eating animals, and instead just embrace the beauty that we get to live among them.

And as a vegetarian cook, I try to highlight all of the wonderful foods that nature and plants can provide us.

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Even as a little girl, my love for entertaining was evident.

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And today, my favorite thing in the world is to be surrounded by friends and family, hosting parties, and preparing delicious food.


Feeding others just simply comes naturally to me.

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So in August 2009, I left the safety of my full-time salaried job in non-profit fundraising, and I went to culinary school to fulfill a life-long dream.


In school I learned to make delicious and beautiful food, and found my calling to create healthy, vegetarian meals.


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And now, I create and write about food every day, and I pinch myself that life has changed so much for me.

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Project Food Blog is a culinary blogging challenge hosted by Foodbuzz, that will last until December 13th.  Through a series of ten challenges, a panel of judges along with YOUR VOTES will select the final Foodbuzz Food Blog Star.  And why should that be me?

My journey from the office world to the culinary classroom allows me to create food that can be appreciated by both the beginner cooks and the seasoned chefs.  My mission is simple:  create beautiful, vegetarian food that makes people want to eat more, and makes the concept of “health food” seem a little less scary. 

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Because in the end, nutritious and delicious food is what keeps us healthy and able to be active, so that we can enjoy our lives to the fullest.  And THAT is something to get excited about. 

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Voting begins tomorrow!

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Marie D     at 11:40 am

Emily — First, good luck with the contest! Can you recommend your favorite vegetarian cook books? I perused your “Store” but didn’t see anything. Thanks :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Hmmm there should actually be a category called Cookbooks and Guides with all of them listed. The link is on the left side of the store. Some favorites are Clean Food, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and The Kind Diet.


Marie D Reply:

Ah yes, thank you. I recently week to a book reading with JS Foer, love him!


Alyssa     at 11:57 am

Good luck to you!! Your pictures are great :-)


Summer     at 12:54 pm

This is perfect for you! Love all the photo flashback. You’ve had the same twinkle in your eyes since you were a baby!


Maryann     at 1:19 pm

Such a great life you’ve has for one so young. Your photos are wonderful and creative.
That pie with quinoa crust I must find.
Keep up your good work and efforts your rewards will keep following you as you go in life.
Lancaster Co Gal


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Awww thank you :)


Theresa     at 1:52 pm

I love your blog and I read it everyday! I get some many great running and cooking tips from you! I have tried so many new foods that I love because of your unique recipes. Good luck on the Next Food Blog Star! PS…I had the same PJ’s as you are wearing in the last picture when I was little :)


kathleen     at 2:25 pm

Loved this post – so creative and fun to add in childhood photos. I clicked on the heart and voted, good luck Emily!


Mom     at 2:46 pm

Some of my favorite pictures- past and present! Loved that you included your first ear of corn at about 18 months old! I actually remember that really well- you were so excited by it! Also remember the snake at your birthday party- I believe you were the 1st one to allow the snake to be put around your neck! Always my brave adventurous child- proud of you then and proud of you now :)


suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic]     at 5:18 pm

*voted* :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:



jeff     at 1:52 pm

You rock! Miss you guys but know you’re loving your new home. I’ve already voted…


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Miss you too, and love you for voting. CALL ME!


Melissa Miller     at 2:14 pm

Fantabulous Post —

Did you even have TEETH to eat that corn?



Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha probably not. :)


Jean     at 4:27 pm

Loved your use of photos to tell your story for you-very well done and it earned a vote from me. Much luck to you. :-)


Monica     at 5:40 pm

Love the background on how you got to where you are now.

Did you have a passion for fundraising before you left that field?

What is your ultimate career goal for the food industry?

I am currently a fundraiser, have a passion for food and health – but no clue how to build that out into a career. :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I will be honest, I didn’t really have a passion for fundraising. I kind of fell into that job out of college, and ended up staying there and advancing in it for six years. I really enjoyed the interaction with donors, and doing all the event planning, but I HATED asking people for money, which was also a pretty important component of the job. :) Still working on my ultimate career goal, but I believe it is somewhere in food writing – maybe a book?


Angela@spinachtiger     at 9:04 pm

I gave you a vote.


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thank you!


@lickmyspoon     at 9:37 pm

hey emily, your story is awesome. i loved seeing the evolution of your active lifestyle combined with your passion for food. the pictures of your dishes look delicious, especially the pasta and asparagus! you got my vote!

namaste :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thanks so much!


Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)     at 2:00 am

Wow! Awesome post! Congratulations on going for your dream! What an amazing feeling that must be! You should be really proud of yourself! Your food looks delicious and absolutely beautiful!

Best of luck with PFB! Just voted for you!

If you like, you can check out mine here:




Blaze Stuck     at 8:40 pm

Major thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Will read on…


Jaxson Snelson     at 1:38 am

Fantastic blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.


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