Passionate about nutritious, organic cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try to recreate recipes from restaurants and from the countries I've lived in. As a teenager I studied abroad in Russia, and to this day I cannot perfectly recreate the blini and borscht that I loved to eat while I was there!
I've also spent half a year studying in Sweden, so I have an affinity for meatballs, lingonberry sauce, potatoes with chives, and flatbread with flavored cheese... if I could cook anything Swedish I'd want to be able to bake perfect kanelbulle, which are a Swedish version of cinnamon buns.
In general my favorite kind of meal is a stirfry of veggies with chicken or pork--and the only food I dislike across the board is mushrooms!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in a very healthy family, with thin, active parents. My mom eschews baked goods, white flour, sugar, etc. (and pepper is too spicy for her haha) and my dad has a passion for oatmeal.
As a kid I grew accustomed to eating spinach salads, whole wheat pasta, and peanutbutter ground straight from peanuts at the local store. I learned a lot from my parents about what to eat to be healthy!
My husband, however, grew up in a Southern household with a typical Southern mama; he is active and healthy but when I met him he thought iceberg lettuce and corn made a healthy, nutritious salad! It's fun to combine both of our experiences and luckily for me he's open to all kinds of food :) We love to eat!
My cooking triumphs
I rarely follow any recipe exactly; I always make substitutions and additions. Recently I made spice cookies and added three more spices, including a pumpkin spice blend, as well as replacing molasses (which I can't find here in Korea) with a mixture of honey and brown sugar; I also added chocolate chunks and skipped the usual sugar topping--they were spicy, pumpkin-y and amazing!
My cooking tragedies
Once at around age 8 I decided to mix peanutbutter and mustard to make a sandwich...needless to say, that's one condiment that won't be catching on any time soon! Another time I ran out of oil while baking brownies and used olive oil... they came out with perfect texture, but tasted like olives!!