Welcome to my kitchen! Thank you so much for stopping by. I am a self-taught cook & baker (unless you count the internet as a formal teacher) living in South Minneapolis. I started cooking & baking because it made my husband so, so happy, & I haven’t stop since.
Things you should know about me right away: about once a week I diagnose myself with the worst case scenario disease on WebMD, I only get my hair cut twice a year, I have a minor obsession with a website called The Charley Project, I can never have just one cup of coffee, my favorite thing to do is go to the grocery store with an organized list, and I absolutely 100% hate crumbs of any kind, in any place, unless they are breadcrumbs in a recipe they are supposed to be in.
I’m especially happy that you stopped by and would love to be friends. Stick around & say hello!
Kara’s Kitchen Philosophy
- Anyone can cook and bake well! If I can, you most certainly can.
- You don’t need all the kitchen gizmos, gadgets, and tools they say you do. Your own two hands are the best tools you will ever find.
- Make as much of a recipe from scratch as possible (as is reasonable, as time allows). This is hands-down the #1 way to make something that tastes good.
- #3 is true unless we are talking cupcakes, cake, or brownie mix. Then use a box mix!
- Buy nice spices if you can, and blend your own mixes.
- But you don’t have to buy everything at Whole Foods, co-ops, or fancy specialty shops. However it is worth spending money on the ingredients that are the heart of the recipe.
- Before you rely on your stand mixer for everything, try it without. You’ll understand & learn about food so much more.
- Substituting or experimenting with ingredients is awesome, unless your doing so with a worse grade ingredient.
- Take things out of the oven or off the stove top when they are done: not necessarily when the recipe says to. Appliances and cooking environments are different.
- Make “too much” food and have “too many” choices to create a welcoming, plush culinary experience.
- Practice makes perfect. (But with cooking & baking, practice runs can be super delicious too!)