About the Author

blog picWriter, 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!

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17 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Hi Chris:
    Would love to invite you to Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro! Delicious wood-fired pizza–some with classic toppings (Margarita) along with lots of innovative versions such as Pizza Lila (named after owner Matt Blau’s daughter) featuring Roasted Chicken, Arugula Pesto, Red Peppers, Onions, Olives, Feta and Mozzarella! What’s a way to reach you directly? Should I just send you a tweet w/my contact info? Thanks!
    Roxy
    http://fireworksrestaurant.net/brattleboro/menu/dinner-menu/

    • Hi Roxy,
      I’d love to visit your restaurant, although I almost never make it to Brattleboro. But I’ll tuck it in my hat and contact you if I ever make it down there! I love pizza, and the selections sound delicious! 🙂

      • Thanks so much for getting back to me. Would you be interested in maybe doing a phone interview with Matt and maybe he can share and/or create a special “My Vermont Kitchen” pizza? Maybe it’s even a dessert pizza? Let me know and again thanks so much for getting back to me!

  2. Hi Chris!

    It is Lisa here (that worked with Earle). He just posted a link to your blog on FB and thought I would check it out….love it! …especially the radish recipes and the simple burrito! I have been using Nava Atlas’ new cookbook allot lately for ideas…”Wild About Greens.” Have you read it? Who knew you had to massage kale with kosher salt??!! yum!!

      • Chris, I have a few of the cookbooks you recommended…but not “The Splendid Table” It is now on my “wish list!” Loved listening to her on NCPR.

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