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A Little About Me

A few weeks ago, Deanne from LDS Book Table did an article featuring me on her website ldsbookcorner.com I thought I would post some of her questions and my answers so you can get to know me better.

1.      What got you interested in cooking in the first place?

It wasn’t until I married that I became first interested in cooking.  I use to watch Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals and I was inspired by her to branch out and use exotic ingredients like cilantro, lime, fresh parsley, etc… in my cooking. I really enjoy the challenge of cooking with new ingredients.  From there, I started to experiment with freezing meals just before my first child was born.  After our quality of life started to improve by having meals in the freezer I decided to start teaching others how to do freeze meals.

Luckily Thanksgiving Point liked my ideas and hired me on to teach a cooking class once a month and from there, the producers of ABC 4′s Good Things Utah and KSL’s Studio 5 interviewed me and let me be on the show as well.

2.      What books are you reading right now?  I just finished reading Hunger Games, and Catching Fire by Suzzane Collins.  I can’t wait until the next book comes out in August.  I’m also love to study more about cooking and I am currently reading The Professional Chef (8th edition) by John Wiley & Sons.

3.      What is the hardest part about writing a cookbook?

Every time I make a recipe, I tweak it a little to make it better or easier to make. The hardest part about writing a cookbook is, the recipes are always changing and improving.  I feel the book is never really done.  It is also very difficult to make the recipe user friendly for everyone. What makes sense to me, doesn’t always make sense to someone else.

4.      What plans do you have for the summer?

My husband and I are headed to Cebu, Philippines for a few weeks in June.  My husband served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cebu years ago and we are excited to tour the areas he served in as well as attend the Cebu temple dedication on June 14th.  We will also spend a week at Bear Lake, go river rafting on the Snake River and are excited to adopt a kitten when we return from all the vacations.

5.      What is your favorite part about Easter?

I must say I had a very fun time Easter Bunny shopping last night at the store for my 4 little girls (ages 6 and under) but my favorite part about Easter is spending the week reflecting on the miracle of the Resurrection and learning more about our Savior Jesus Christ.

6.      Do you have any other writing projects scheduled for this year?  I just finished working on two cookbooks, one for BYU and the other for the University of Utah.  They are both tailgate party cookbooks and they feature a beautiful picture on each page.  They will be out in stores in October, just in time for football season and can be purchased on Amazon.com, or in your local bookstore.

7.      What do you like to do when you aren’t writing or cooking?  My other passion besides my family and cooking is Zumba.  I teach Zumba three days a week locally and it helps me get my dancing “fix” as well as burn all the calories I acquire from all the cooking I do.  There is nothing I love more then seeing people try Zumba for the first time!  It appeals to all ages and currently I have class members from ages 6 to 87 years old.

8.      Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?

I spent two years at BYU-Hawaii and I felt like the whole world was represented in that tiny campus.  In a communications class I had, of the 10 people in the class, each one of us was from a different country.  It was wonderful to learn peoples stories and cultural traditions. Also, in between those two years, I spent one year in Xian, China.  I felt like Indiana Jones every day.  We ate the most interesting things from fried bugs to live shrimp and traveled to the most wonderful places.  I was able to visit a city on the outskirts of Tibet and see the monks in their fuchsia pink and maroon robes, ride camels in the Gobi desert, visit the caves along the Silk Road, etc..  It was quite an adventure.

If you are interested in reading stories about my daily adventures with my family, you are welcome to visit our family blog at: Stangerfamily.blogspot.com


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