Feb. 16, 2011 7:48 pm
Updated: Feb. 17, 2011 7:23 am
February in Northern Minnesota; darn the ground hog either way. I can tell you myself we've got two hard months left of the cold, the wind, the snow, sleet, rain, ice, and salt. As the rest of the country begins to thaw out with the warm days of early
Spring, I remain trapped in…
My name is Monica Anderson. Of course I love to cook, but I also like to spend my time traveling, reading, gardening, tap dancing, and being a mom to my amazing daughter, Anja.
My favorite things to cook
I have many traditional family recipes that I cherish, but I also love to try new things. I love to bake, especially muffins, breads, and pies. I also love pasta, with lots of vegetables! And I have an insatiable craving for Thai food, so I eat lots of Thai inspired soups, salads and stir fry.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up baking and cooking with my mom, aunt, and grandmothers, who passed down many family cooking traditions. One of my first cooking memories was making hot crossed buns with my grandmother for Easter. Though, I must say that my favorite tradition is the annual birthday cake. Growing up, my aunt Marcie would always make my cake, from scratch. Marcie is known for making the BEST German Chocolate Cake. Everybody in the family started to request the cake so often that she and my mother decided to make a rule that you may only have a German Chocolate Cake for your birthday if you are 30 or older! Thus, I have waited many many years for my cake. It will be epic.
My cooking triumphs
My best triumph was making my great grandmother's pie crust recipe. I used her recipe to make a pumpkin and a pecan pie, without using a food processor or a pastry blender. I made it the way I know she did it, by hand. Another triumph was the day I got my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. What a revelation! I call it "The Artisan."
My cooking tragedies
I've definitely had my share. One memorable one was forgetting to lock a spring form pan with a cheesecake in it. I cried.