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Lindsay Ostrom's interview

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We interviewed Lindsay Ostrom!

Visit the blog: Pinch of Yum.

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Hello Lindsay Ostrom, so tell us...

When did you begin Pinch of Yum and what was the inspiration behind it?

Cooking became a more significant part of my life when I was in college and then eventually when Bjork and I got married. I’ve always enjoyed food but it was during those young adult years that I really started to try more things in the kitchen and get excited about not just the eating but the cooking as well. I was inspired to start a blog when I realized that most of the recipes I was using were found online, and I loved sharing those recipes with my family and friends.

How would you best describe your philosophy towards food?

I love this quote from Michael Pollan: eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.

What are your culinary influences?

I love Food Network shows, magazine recipes, and watching friends and family in the kitchen.

Do you have a favorite foodie travel destination ?

Well, I love Mexican food so both times we've been to Mexico I've really loved eating the fresh, authentic, spicy dishes from different restaurants and local food vendors.



If you could only cook one recipe for the rest of your life which would you choose?

I think I would choose some kind of salad - maybe a Thai chicken salad or something like that. I love flavor and that particular recipe has a super flavorful dressing while the ingredients are pretty adaptable.

Do you have a secret ingredient, a product you use a lot that is unexpected or that helps you save time?

It's not a secret ingredient but maybe more of a secret tool - I love the food processor. I use it for probably 75% of my recipes because I adore homemade sauces and things with lots of texture. It's my life saver!

Is there any dish, ingredient or type of food you refuse to cook? Or anything that you refuse to eat?

When we lived in the Philippines, all the kids at the orphanage where we worked really wanted Bjork and I to eat balut - it's like a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. I completely refused, even with 80 kids chanting my name and a balut ready on the spot. I will not eat balut!

When you aren't blogging you can be found...

Running around the lake, laying on the couch reading a good book, or sitting out on the dock at the cabin during the summer!

My worst food flop was...

I was making a saltine toffee at Christmastime and I must have had too many things going on at once because I pulled the pan out of the oven, and without realizing that I had left the stove on, I set it directly on top of the red hot burner. My lovely glass baking dish exploded into a million glass shards all over my kitchen - I'm actually really lucky that I didn't get hurt!

Thank you Lindsay Ostrom for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Rachel - 07/18/2014

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