Hi!  And welcome to The Flying Onion.

A little about myself.

My name is Sarah.  I graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Human Nutrition and completed a 10-1/2 month dietetic internship post-graduation.

In September 2011, I passed the exam to become a Registered Dietitian.

I am currently working part time as a dietary research collector, while  looking for a full time clinical dietitian position.

In the meantime, I enjoy cooking for family and friends.

From pizza.

To banana nut bread.

To tempeh.

I like to experiment with all kinds and types of foods.

I love being active.  I’ve raced one 5k, one 10k and most recently, a half-marathon in May, 2011.

I love the feel of running.  And while I’m not a huge competitor, I do enjoy the thrill of race day.  When I’m not training for races, I run for the pure joy of it.  I also enjoy walking, biking and yoga.

I love good food.  I will never eat something that I don’t like.

Mostly, I eat a plant-based diet.

But I cook for the family…for three very distinct palates.  And while I’m not necessarily cooking for picky eaters, everyone certainly does have their preferences.

I really do try to make everyone happy.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

I do NOT nor will I ever believe in deprivation or “going on a diet.”


I believe that eating healthy has as much to do with our minds as it has to do with our bodies.  Deprivation leads to feelings of bitterness, desperation and longing for a life that we feel is not our own.

Eating healthy should encompass the broader spectrum of treating our bodies with the respect that we give to our friends.  Appreciating our bodies—our health—for what they do for us.

I believe in energy and happiness and feeling at peace with food and our body.

Why “The Flying Onion?”

Well.  It’s actually pretty simple.  When I cook, onions fly.  Literally.  I used to try to be a perfectionist, cleaning up as I cooked, cutting those perfect julienne slices, acting as if I could control the kitchen (and maybe the world while I was at it!)

But then.  I let go.  And realized that sometimes onions fly.  I also realized that, really, I was okay with this.  I have fun in the kitchen and I truly hope it shows.

Bon Appetit!


27 comments on “About

  1. Mikey Lee says:

    This is a sweet website sarah! Like the setup!

  2. Kate says:

    Sarah, I loved your previous blog just as much as this one. http://www.hendpg.org/docs/HENAbtWhitePaperFinal3.2011-3%5B1%5D.pdf

    I was reading this for work today and thought you might be interested!


  3. jiawenpi says:

    I love your blog. the About part is the most cool one I have ever seen.

  4. I happened upon your blog via wordpress “freshly pressed.” Your blog is very good-looking–clean.
    I also happen to live in Amherst. I’d love to check in sometimes and see what recipes you are posting. Good luck with everything!
    What kind of camera do you use? twinkly

  5. Damommachef says:

    How creative and lovely!

  6. crissy says:

    you seem so sweet! 🙂 i love to cook too.

  7. crissy says:

    Hi Sarah! I’m crissy! 😉

  8. Fragolina says:

    Nice photos, can I just ask what kind of camera you use?? Thanks

  9. Nice pictures 🙂
    If you’ like to have some plant-based recipe ideas just check my site out. Will add more and more of my food twists…


    Hope to see more your nice pictures!

    Green Gladiatrix

  10. Chorwin says:

    very interesting introduction. Good luck for your qualification… 🙂

  11. Hi Sarah,

    I saw your blog in the Freshly Pressed section of WordPress and had a look. I really enjoyed reading through some of your posts and I was wondering if you’d be interested in helping me out with my site, http://flawlessfocus.com/.

    Essentially, Flawless Focus is like an online magazine that’s designed to be used by bloggers and other writers. Anyone can sign up and submit articles to the website and get them published in the categories of their choosing (provided the posts don’t break any simple rules).

    By getting posts published on Flawless Focus, you’d be contributing to a varied and interesting library of content, whilst simultaneously giving your works a greater chance of being discovered. With multiple contributors all doing the same, the site’s content will grow in size very quickly, improving its performance in search engine results and helping everyone benefit from better exposure.

    The site is very new and so it’ll take a while for it to gain popularity. Right now, I’m looking for people like you to help get the site off the ground by sharing your posts on it. Any contribution you can offer would be highly appreciated.

    If you don’t think the site’s for you, that’s fine. If you like the idea, however, it would be wonderful if you could help spread the word about it.

    Thanks for your time,


  12. Viola says:

    Would You be so kind to chop a little bit heavier on your cutting board to let those onions fly up as far away as my plate is in Budapest /Hungary?
    Please, please!

    Hugs from the home of Gulyás.

  13. Matt says:

    Hey Sarah, awesome blog…I saw the old one and left a comment only to realize you’d moved! I absolutely agree with your beliefs on food….love the recipes and the photography!

    Matt from Chicago

  14. Melissa says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I am a long time reader and love your blog – all of your recipes look so good! I have a kitchen this year and want to try everything, especially the spaghetti squash casserole recipe you posted.

    On another note,I don’t know if you would be interested in meeting for coffee to talk about foodie things at some point this year but I go to school in the Pioneer Valley and would love to meet you! Let me know if you might be interested.

  15. Violaquarius says:

    Dear Sarah!
    Something has been made for you in Europe.
    Postal address is needed urgently!

  16. plats001 says:

    I am new to blogging, and came across this one as I was trying to find similar ideas/purposes. I really like the layout of your blog, as well as your general mission, through the posts I’ve seen. Great work!

  17. mixxedtape says:

    Hey Sarah, I just wanted to drop by to tell you I nominated you for the versatile blogger award 🙂

  18. Faith says:

    Ha! That picture of the “i ❤ beef" button is classic!

  19. I just stumbled across your blog, and I truly love it. Bravo!

  20. sarah says:

    I love that first picture of your shoes. 🙂

  21. DouglasMB says:

    your pictures look great! The food looks amaizing I will follow your blog to maybe get more ideas for mine!

  22. Audrey says:

    I love your blog, it inspires me 🙂 I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://tonetiki.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/versatile-blogger-award-nomination/

  23. vivilinh says:

    i’m in love with your blog!

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