Because of my total lack of skill in the kitchen, I like to try and find moms who have that skill, then find a way to share that with you. This week, as usual, I have this on lock. :)

This week’s interview is with Julie with Mommie Cooks. When I went to get the link, I saw taht she used Fruit Loops as wine glass markers (you know, so you can tell who’s cup belongs to who). How can you not love that?!?! Her blog is full of recipes, many of which she creates herself (!!!) and the biggest benefit – TONS OF PICTURES!

At least this way I can see what my recipe *should* look like. :) Check it out…

1. You are really into food! After looking at your blog a bit, I have to admit I am a little intimidated! Where do I start? When I read your blog, you make it sound so easy.

Thank Alana!  And I definitely don’t want anyone to feel intimidated!  If it were me trying to decide, I would probably pick a category of food from the sidebar that was my favorite and start there.  Loving the food you cook helps to give you the passion to learn how to make it that much better!

2. What made you become a foodie? How did you get past the fear of the meal being inedible? (or maybe I’m projecting here…lol)

I think I’ve always had a love for food in one way or another.  My mom gave me a children’s Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook when I was a child and I loved it!  I remember wearing some of the pages thin I made the recipes so much!  And let’s see, fear of the inedible?  I have definitely had a few meals like that.  I can always tell if it’s bad through my husband’s actions.  He a. won’t take seconds and b. won’t take it for lunch the next day when he goes to work.  The thing to remember about inedible and bad though, is that experimenting and taking chances with food combinations is how you learn to be a better cook!  Don’t be afraid to try different flavors to see what works and what doesn’t.  You’ll become a better cook for doing it, I promise!

3. You seem to make up a lot of recipes – where do you get your ideas?

I get them from all over the place; restaurants, cookbooks, friends, etc.  Mainly I’ll see a dish that looks yummy or taste something that I absolutely MUST have again and I’ll get into my kitchen and work to replicate it!  Some ideas are completely my own, but lots are just inspired from dishes I ate or read about at some point in time.

4. Many moms are short on time – are there easy ways to make such wonderful recipes?

Here’s what I would say with regards to the quick meal.  Find a few dishes that you love, love, love and make them regulars in your home.  After a few times of cooking them up, you’ll start to find you no longer need the recipe to make them.  I call these my “go to” meals.  They’re the ones that I know I will always have the ingredients for in my house and I know how to make them with my eyes closed.  Well maybe not technically closed, but you get the idea.

5. What are your kids’ faves? Yours?

Nicholas, my 6 year old, loves anything fish.  The baked fish sticks are probably one of his all time favorites.  Alex loves pretty much everything I make.  He loves to get in the kitchen with me and help me cook as well.  Andrew loves beans; black beans, garbanzo beans, cannellini beans.  You name it, if it’s a bean he’s all over it!  I, myself, can’t really say I have a favorite.  Half the fun of food and cooking for me is trying new combinations!  If it’s new and uses ingredients I love, it’s probably on my favorites list!

To see more of Julie’s work, check out these links:

Family Friendly Fridays: Peanuty Chicken Summer Rolls

Sausage Calzone

Skillet Gnocchi Dinner – Take Two

Have a food blog you like? Please let me know. And the interview? Love it, right? :)

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3 Responses to Interview with Mommie Cooks

  1. Julie M. says:

    Alana,

    Thanks so much again for letting be a part of your blog for the day, I really enjoyed it! If there's anything I can ever do to help you out, please don't hesitate to ask. Have a great weekend!

  2. Corning made wine glasses seem to be the best! they are tough and have great designs _

  3. Towel Rails says:

    those thick and heavy borosilicate wine glasses are the best but they are very expensive ,~’ *’*

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