Sunday, June 5, 2011

Seven Sporadic Questions: Krista's Kitchen

   A few posts back I made two different recipes that I had found at the same blog, Krista's Kitchen.  So it seemed only fitting that I feature her for June's episode of Seven Sporadic Questions.

When I read Krista's blog, I get the mental image of a super-organized person who loves trying new things, and is very family oriented.  Let's visit with her now!

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I don’t know if it was inspiration so much as efficiency that motivated me to start my blog. Here’s the 
story: In the winter of 2007 we moved from Indiana to Atlanta, GA. Since it was the middle of the school 
year, I didn’t look for a teaching job while we settled into our new home. (Before we moved I taught high 
school Family and Consumer Science or “Home Ec” classes). While we were in Georgia and I wasn’t 
working, I was able to really dedicate some time to one of my passions: cooking! I tried new recipes, 
learned new techniques, perfected my favorite dishes, and invented a few of my own. Also, during this 
time, my youngest daughter was born. I decided to start a family blog to keep all of our relatives and 
friends “back home” updated on the happenings of our little family. After starting our family blog, I 
discovered other blogs. I found Ree Drummond’s blog, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by clicking a link 
on one of the blogs I was reading. “How cool!” I thought. “A whole blog dedicated just to what she’s 
cooking. That’s a great idea!”
When we were transferred to Ohio in the summer of 2008 for my husband’s job, I began getting a lot of 
phone calls and emails from friends in Georgia and my friends and family in Indiana requesting recipes 
and advice about meal planning. Looking up recipes and returning calls and emails was taking up a lot of 
time. Not that I minded, but trying to keep up with a 3 year old and crawling baby while unpacking were 
already keeping me pretty busy! Then I remembered the Pioneer Woman’s blog and thought, “Wouldn’t 
that be convenient?” I could put my tips for meal planning and all of my recipes into a blog and then my 
friends and family could access them whenever they wanted. I actually thought that blogging would save 
me time by not needing to look up a few recipes! You bloggers know that this is not the case. At the time, 
I also didn’t realize that there were like, a GAZILLION other food bloggers out there. Nearly a year after 
I began my blog, the movie “Julie and Julia” hit the theatres. By then, people besides my family were 
reading my blog. I got a lot of, “Oh, so you saw the movie and then started a food blog? “ Nope. I was 
clueless. : ) 

2.  What's your favorite thing to make for a crowd?

I always make dessert when I’m having company over. My husband isn’t big on sweets and my oldest 
daughter only likes brownies. If I make a dessert, I’m usually the one that ends up eating the whole thing. 
So I usually try to wait until company is coming to make dessert. I love to bake. You know that theory 
that you’re either a cook or a baker? It doesn’t apply to me. I was a baker first, and then became a cook
later out of necessity- I had to get dinner on the table for my family. Now I enjoy doing both. 
I love to cook for a crowd, so consequently, we entertain whenever I can get people to come over. I
sometimes make my old favorites, but I often test out new recipes on company. I love to make fussy little 
appetizers that both look impressive and taste amazing when we host a party.  However,  my most 
requested summer recipes for a crowd are Bruschetta, as well as Beef On A Stick, Spicy Peanut Chicken

3.  What's your favorite thing to make for just you?

I tend to make seafood or Asian cuisine (or a combination of the two) when it’s just me. Recipes like 
Linguine with Clam Sauce, Coconut Shrimp Soup, and sushi are some of my favorites. Oh, and I love to 
make a Caprese Salad for my very own lunch in the summertime

4.  If you could invite 3 famous people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?  Any 
particular reason?

Curtis Stone. When I was in college and during the first few years after I joined “the real world”, I was a 
huge fan of TLC’s “Take Home Chef”. I used to wish that Curtis Stone would pick me up in the 
supermarket and come home with me for an afternoon of cooking! So, I guess I’d start with him. (I may
still have a teensy weensy married woman’s crush on him.) Can you blame me? Have mercy, he is HOT!
Plus, I recently read one of his cookbooks and cooked some of the recipes and they really are fabulous. Of 
course we wouldn’t have to cook or eat. He could just talk to me with that cute Australian accent of his….
I don’t think that I’d pick another famous person. Truthfully, I don’t give a lot of thought to famous 
people. Maybe because I’m so far from their world? I’d rather have dinner with the people I already know 
and love. Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, a girls’ night out is one of my favorite things to do.
Dinner with my 2 sisters and/or a group of my best girlfriends is always just what I need to put me in a 
good mood. Dinner with a famous person would certainly be something to brag about, but I’m pretty sure 
I’d have more fun with “my girls” on any given night. 
Finally, I would love to sit down with my grandma one more time. My dad’s mom lost her battle with 
cancer when I was a freshman in high school. She wasn’t famous, but she certainly was a great lady! I’ve 
always wished that I could sit down with her now that I am an adult and get her perspective on things and 
hear her stories.

5.  When you think of your childhood, do any favorite dishes come to mind?

Many of my childhood memories are centered around my family’s kitchen. Growing up on a farm, 
everything came from our barn or garden and everything was made from scratch! I come from a long line 
of good cooks and I spent hours learning from my mom and my grandmas. I have written about many of 
my childhood favorites on my blog. Some standouts are  fresh green beans, fried mushrooms, ham and 
beans with cornbread, my mom’s lasagna, and desserts like Texas Sheet cake, homemade ice cream, 

6.  What do you have in your kitchen that you just couldn't do without? (besides your stove/oven of 

I absolutely love my Santoku knife. I use it every day. A super sharp knife is a must have! Also, my 
beloved KitchenAid stand mixer, my immersion blender, my Pampered Chef chopper and microplane 
grater, and my wooden spoons and rubber scrapers.

7.  What's your favorite part of blogging?  Do you think you'll keep doing it for a while?

I have always enjoyed writing, so blogging about food is a great way to combine two things that I enjoy. 
While I started blogging so that friends and family could have easy access to my recipes, my blog has also 
become a creative outlet for me. Plus, I like that fact that I have a record of nearly everything I have 
prepared in my kitchen over the last 2 years. If I want to remember what I thought of a recipe or how I 
executed a certain step, I only have to type the name of the recipe into a search bar on my blog and I can 
see all of the details

Writing a food blog also challenges me to keep learning about food and cooking and to keep trying new 
recipes.  The saying “practice makes perfect” holds true.  I have become a better cook, photographer, and 
writer because I exercise those skills almost daily to provide content for my blog. 
I also like blogging for the fact that you put the information out there and then receive feedback. Whether 
it’s a tip, a new recipe, or just a word of encouragement, I enjoy hearing from the people who are reading 
my blog. This brings me to the final reason I enjoy blogging- the friendships that I have made as a result.  
Sure, they are friendships based on reading each other’s blogs and responding with comments, emails,
and facebook messages but the friends I’ve made in the blogging world are not so different from the 
friends that I see in person.  We share parts of our lives with each other, offer support, and genuinely care. 
So, for all of the reasons that I listed above, I do believe that I will keep blogging for some time. I’ve been 
at it for 2 years and 7 months now. While I’m not turning out posts every day like I did in the beginning 
(before I had to balance work and family activities and caring for a new house with a great big lawn), I 
still shoot for 2-3 posts per week.  Some weeks I really have to force myself to get a post up- there never 
seem to be enough hours in my day-but my blog is something that I’m not willing to let go of. 

Well, I don't know about y'all, but after reading that I'm pretty darned hungry! Somebody pass the sushi!

p.s.  I'm not sure why my paragraph lines came out all broken like that...sorry :)


The Japanese Redneck said...

Hello Krista!

Okay, now I'm going to have to get some sushi....

teresa said...

love krista's blog. nice to get to know her better!

Martha (MM) said...

Love your Seven Sporadic Questions interviews :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

She sounds great!