Writer, cook, lover of all things food. Christina “Chris” Koliander has more than 20 years of experience in the kitchen and in publishing. Recipes will be more on the flexible side; don’t look for the preciseness of Julia Child, although she tries her best to give precise instructions to her readers. She is working on a cookbook on healthy cooking for one that she hopes to finish in her lifetime. She lives in Addison County, Vermont with the Eater of the House.
Who taught you how to cook? While I credit my mom, who taught me a lot, much of my “training” has been through trial and error. Growing up I spent a lot of time with our next door neighbor, who taught me how to make apple pie. Cooking Light magazine was an inspiration to me for many years, and a subscription following college led me on this path. Plus, working in restaurants for many years didn’t hurt either.
My ideal pizza is topped with. . . green peppers and onions. In college, I’d collect my change so I could have a personal sized pizza for $2.75. I’d splurge for the extra peppers and onions!
My favorite ice cream flavor is. . . vanilla. I know it’s boring, but I love its creaminess and vanilla flavor.
What’s for breakfast? It’s always different but it usually revolves around an egg, veggie burger, or tofu and some fruit. Or sometimes leftovers!
What do you always have in your fridge and pantry? Garlic, butter, eggs, and almonds.
Last supper? Another hard one, but a big bowl of pesto would have to be in there. As well as some lobster and steak cooked rare. Since I won’t be around to count the calories the next day, an extra dry vodka martini, and dessert of some kind, most definitely homemade pie.
Any food you don’t like? No doubt, split pea soup. I grew up not liking this soup, and thought as an adult my tastes may have changed. Even my homemade soup I didn’t like! But I do like other bean soups, especially lentil!
What are some foods you can’t live without? I have to have variety when it comes to food, I can eat the same thing for lunch for about two days in a row until I get bored. But I think I could eat pesto and pasta every single night and be perfectly happy!
What one cookbook would you recommend to your readers? If I had only one recommendation, The Joy of Cooking hands down. A month doesn’t go by that I don’t go to it for reference on one thing or another. If I was able to slip in another choice, it would be Julia Child’s How to Cook. With photos and detailed instructions, even the most yeast challenged person can make her authentic French bread!
What is your favorite thing to cook? By looking at my list of recipes on this site, no one can accuse me of not liking to make soups! I love them, they’re so easy and versatile, and usually you don’t need a recipe. Throw everything into a pot and dinner will be ready in about 30 minutes! It’s good for the heart, good for the soul, and good for your waistline!
What would even your most loyal readers be surprised to learn about you? I have a degree in French and that I was a vegetarian for seven years!