When and why did you start blogging?
I started my blog My Kitchen in the Rockies in February 2010. The main reason was to keep a recipe collection of our family’s favorite dishes and to make it easier to share these recipes with my friends and family.
How would you describe your blog in a Tweet (140 characters or less)?
Cook from scratch with me at My Kitchen in the Rockies featuring German, French and American cuisine using available local, preferably organic, and always GMO free ingredients.
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
My favorite healthy snack is nuts. I LOVE hazelnuts.
What’s your favorite guilty food pleasure?
One? I am sorry, but I have several; coconut ice-cream, black licorice, raspberry trifle, chocolate mousse torte, and my all time favorite, Austrian Linzertorte.
Why do you love cooking?
For me and my family our kitchen is the center of activities. Cooking and sharing food brings us together. It starts conversations and keeps us close and we also love to share this with our friends. I feel very strongly that the kitchen in which a tasty meal is prepared and eaten together is the center and the heart of a happy family. I find that very important to pass on to my children.
What should readers know about you?
My family and I moved from Germany to Colorado in 1998. I grew up in beautiful Palatinate, a wine growing area, with vineyards close to the river Rhine. There I finished a pharmaceutical education and worked in a pharmacy and as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Growing up close to the French boarder is reflected in the dishes that I prepare. It is very close to my heart to know where my food comes from. Beef from my local rancher, eggs from the chickens a local friend keeps, organic and local ingredients whenever possible, and that GMO food has no space in my pantry.
What dish made you fall in love with cooking?
Actually, and I know this sounds strange, it was an escargot soup I prepared for friends a long time ago. I remember that it had lots of garlic in it. The cookbook that contained the recipe for this soup got lost in a move, but I am still thinking about it.
What’s a dish you make that family and friends always request?
I make an original French Quiche Lorraine that gets requested all the time and even one of my best friend’s (she is vegetarian) can’t resist.
Besides your own, what’s your favorite food blog?
It is Steph’s blog. Steph blogs here: http://www.kuriositaetenladen.com/
How can you be reached?
I can be contacted at: MyKitchenintheRockies(at)dkhall(dot)org