Meet Kara

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! 

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Kara’s Kitchen Philosophy

  1. Anyone can cook and bake well! If I can, you most certainly can. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. #3 is true unless we are talking cupcakes, cake, or brownie mix. Then use a box mix!
  5. Buy nice spices if you can, and blend your own mixes. 
  6. 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. 
  7.  Before you rely on your stand mixer for everything, try it without. You’ll understand & learn about food so much more.
  8. Substituting or experimenting with ingredients is awesome, unless your doing so with a worse grade ingredient.
  9. 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.
  10. Make “too much” food and have “too many” choices to create a welcoming, plush culinary experience.
  11. Practice makes perfect. (But with cooking & baking, practice runs can be super delicious too!)

 

 

2 thoughts on “Meet Kara

  1. Kara – just found your blog link on Facebook. This is adorable. We should have a neighborhood cooking/baking date sometime!

    1. Thanks so much Hilary!! :) Yes, I think that would be so fun. Maybe we could do something in the spring! I would absolutely love that.

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