My passion is food, specifically cooking, but I love everything related to food. Cooking, eating, smelling, looking at, learning and writing about food. I get so psyched
when I come up with a new recipe or when I have a group of people to cook for. Food is all about sharing and bringing people together. My favorite thing in the world is to cook a meal for the people I love and watch them enjoy it.
When I was 7, I stumbled upon the Food Network when I was flipping through a commercial break from Scooby Doo. On the screen was Ina Garten, gently folding something creamy and
fluffy into dark, melted chocolate. I was mesmerized by Ina in her bright, open kitchen as she left a mousse to chill in her fridge at the perfect time for her to pull a big roast or equally impressive dinner from the oven. I never went back to
watching Scooby Doo. "That" I thought, "I want to be that!"
I first began cooking, or trying to, that afternoon after watching Ina Garten. I prepared "lunch" for
my family by microwaving French fries and chicken nuggets and arranging them on a plastic plate. My dad chuckled at his 'lunch,'but ate the meal like it was fit for a king.
I've been cooking ever since then, first helping my mom in the kitchen and then learning on my own in culinary jobs, and it's been 16 years.
Cooking in general came easily
to me, but I've spent time learning a lot of the special skills and sensitive recipes/ingredients. I haven't officially studied culinary skills in school, but I've been reading books, watching shows, pinning infographics, anything that can help me gain
more knowledge. Diving in and working in kitchens, bakeries and even chocolate shops have given me invaluable knowledge. I have been inspired by the greats: Julia Child, Gordon Ramsay, Martha Stewart, and the food bloggers who've come before
me like Adam Roberts of The Amateur Gourmet and Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks.
My favorite things that my mom made growing up were Amish Friendship Bread and Hawaiian Bread.
Amish Friendship Bread is sweet, cinnamon-y quick bread that starts with a wet batter mix, given to you by a friend who is currently making the bread. You keep the batter in a plastic bag on the counter and every day you add something to it. After
about a week, you have enough batter to add flour and bake four loaves of bread! You keep some of the batter from being baked so that you have some to start the next week's bread with, and you give the other bit of batter to a friend and share it!**See the end of this article for a link to a Friendship Bread recipe. (Coco)
My mom's Hawaiian bread is a sweet
white bread that she mixes pineapple juice into. She originally baked this from a boxed mix, but after a few years she couldn't find the mix anymore. For Thanksgiving one year, she decided to try making her own and it was just as good, if not better
because it was from scratch. As the bread bakes it gets a thick, crunchy crust and becomes very soft and light in the center. My mom's Hawaiian bread is always the first thing to go from the table.**Go to Best Bread in Coco's menu at the top of this page for Emily's mother's Hawaiian Bread recipe.
Cooking is such a creative outlet
for me, and it's a useful talent to have. Everyone needs to eat, and everyone enjoys eating well! I love that I can cook or bake something and share it with the people around me. I'm always trying to throw a dinner party or have friends over
as an excuse to go overboard and cook a ton of food.
I actually love cooking food for people with dietary restrictions! I'm lactose intolerant and it's been a trip figuring
out what I can eat and the few ways that I can still consume dairy. I have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, diabetic and dieting friends. I love having them come over and challenge me! It's exciting piecing together the parts of a recipe like
a puzzle, and getting to experience the end resulting in a tasty meal!
I have recently redesigned by food blog, LoveIsKneaded.wordpress.com, and I'm having
a ball picking new themes and layouts. I was so proud of myself when I built my own favicon! I've always loved to write, so blending these two passions for writing and food in my blog came naturally to me, and it is a great creative outlet since
I work in a completely different field than my passion.
I love to cook, but I have to restrain myself from eating everything! There are a lot of times when I make
something and feel like it's missing something, but when I make a dish and it is totally on point, I eat like it's my job. I'm in a food coma half the time after dinner.
those readers who don't know much about cooking or want to improve their skills, I would tell them to just keep trying things. If a recipe doesn't work out the way you wanted it to, make notes and try it again. Or look up similar recipes to see
what it might be needing - an herb, a larger amount of salt, etc. Use the minds around you as well! Not everyone knows how to cook well, but they know what they like to eat. If you're making a dish for a group of people, ask them what
they think would make it better.
I dream of opening my own bakery or owning a food truck someday, but I'd really like for my blog to take off and turn into something big.
I'm doing my best to promote it and build a social media presence and make the site as awesome as it can possibly be. I'd love to be able to make a living from my blog and be able to write and cook full time.
You can find my recipes at:
@LoveisKneaded on Twitter
Love is Kneaded on Facebook
Love is Kneaded on Instagram
Some of the posts on my blog that I'm very proud of are 'Chicken Tacos and the Murican Dream,' 'Serendipity's Chocolate Blackout Cake,' and 'The Raspberry Sacchertorte.' In the post on Chicken Tacos,
I feel like I was really able to write from my heart and give my readers a sense of who I am and what I'm doing in my life. I'm just a twentysomething in Michigan, fighting to make rent and still make time for my passions. I'm proud of the
Blackout Cake and the Sacchertorte because I took such care in baking each of these cakes, and the posts were specific and very helpful, from what I've heard in the comments.
can find an Amish Friendship Bread starter recipe at marthastewart.com