On this page you will find the answers to questions that are often asked. As other questions arise, they will be added here.
Questions About Cooking
What kind of mixer do you have?
I actually have two mixers. I have a Bosch Universal Plus Mixer, as well as a KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer. I love them both for different reasons. The Bosch is my work horse for tough jobs, like kneading multiple loaves of bread dough. The KitchenAid is my all-purpose mixer for everything else. I wrote a post on my thoughts: “A Tale of Two Mixers.”
What kind of sugar do you use? It isn’t white.
I use organic sugar. Because it is unbleached, it is an off-white color. I promise it just regular sugar though!
Why are there specs in your salt?
I use Redmond Real Salt . It is a natural sea salt, that still contains many trace minerals. But you can use any salt in the recipes, unless I specify a particular salt.
Where do you get your wheat?
Is that really your kitchen?
I promise it is. The scenery may change from time to time, because we are military and we are prone to moving – but it is always “my” kitchen.
What kind of cooking oil do you use?
I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for everything. Honestly. The only exception to that, is if I am deep-frying something, which I rarely do. In that case I will use canola or regular vegetable oil, because you are basically wasting a whole bottle at a time. But I use EVOO for all of my baking and normal cooking needs.
Where do you get your recipes?
I have an extensive collection of cookbooks and recipe archives. Many recipes that I develop, come from comparing different versions of the same recipe, and coming up with my own take on it. Some recipes – well – are straight out of my imagination. Those tend to be my favorites.
>Who is your favorite celebrity chef?
I have a couple. The first is Ree Drummond. She comes across as very genuine, and I’m a country girl at heart.
My other favorite is Nigella Lawson. She is simply amazing. The descriptive way she demonstrates her cooking leaves you drooling. I want to be her when I grow up.
In regards to cooking with Wine and other alcoholic items.
I occasionally receive questions or comments about cooking with wine or other alcoholic ingredients. If you prefer to abstain, here are a couple resources for making substitutions. Gourmet Sleuth and About.com
Questions About Military Life
How many times has your husband deployed?
That is a slightly complicated question. If you are only asking about Iraq and Afghanistan, he has thankfully been deployed only 6 times. But he was also deployed to Bosnia pre-9/11. And though not technically a deployment, he did do a “hardship tour” of a year in Korea.
Will he have to deploy again?
Whether he goes again will be determined by the needs of the country, or by whether or not he decides to “drop” retirement papers.
How many places have you been stationed?
We have been stationed in Virginia, Texas, Korea (I stayed in TN), Texas again, Germany, North Carolina, Alaska (my favorite!) and now Alabama….not including training.
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