Featured Austin Blogger :: The Fresh Find
Kristin, from The Fresh Find, makes healthy food look good. Her well-organized blog is chock full of recipes, photos and tips that leave you drooling. As an advocate for a healthy and active lifestyle, her recipes reflect her belief that fueling your body with natural foods and products and maintaining an active lifestyle, you’re supporting your body for the present and the future.
It’s always nice to know that you can pursue health with food that looks so darn good. Read on for more information about this fantastic local food blogger!
How did you discover your love of food and writing?
My love for food has always been present. I wasn’t always the healthiest, but at the end of high school, I started to adopt a healthier lifestyle and was amazed at how much energy I had and how strong I felt. During college, I was a witness to many unhealthy eating patterns. I wanted to tell people that it wasn’t about calories and weight loss, but more about wholesome eating. I wanted to brag about certain foods and why they are beneficial. As I did more reading, I started to truly love and appreciate the colors, textures, flavors, and of course, the health benefits. Writing is definitely not my forte—I’ve always been a numbers person. Luckily, food writing does not need to be poetic and I can get by with short stories, nutrition facts and recipes!
Has blogging changed the way you view food and cooking? If so, how?
Before, cooking was something I did in order to eat dinner. Now, cooking brings a huge sense of community. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy having people over for dinner. Friends will bring friends and we all get to meet new people. Plus, guests always have stories about cooking experiences and suggestions for meals. I love the ideas they have! There is something so special about home-cooked meals and getting to share it with grateful people.
What is your favorite ingredient to use in the kitchen?
Truffle oil with roasted shallots. I recently bought this precious bottle in Fredericksburg and every time I take a first bite, I swear my heart skips a beat.
What is your best memory in the kitchen?
Two years ago, I was making a Black Bean and Corn Quinoa salad and was on cloud 9. At the time, I was going through my ‘quarter-life crisis’, but felt an overwhelming happiness and bliss that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I was snapping photos while singing and dancing along to country music. That’s when I realized that my passion for cooking and photography could all be expressed through my blog. This quinoa dish ending up being one my very first recipe post!
What is the best thing about your kitchen?
I just moved and our kitchen is smaller, but I have two of my close friends to share it with. Our oven heats our kitchen about 15 degrees higher, so we are squeezing by each other and sweating like mad, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is your favorite meal to prepare?
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers—easy to make, flavorful, and very photogenic!
What does your dream kitchen look like?
LOTS of sunlight, stone walls, barn wood cabinets, large counters, a large island/bar, enough room for all my kitchen gadgets, and maybe a cute step stool (I’m a towering 5’0”). I also wouldn’t complain to have a supportive husband pouring wine while I cook :)
What 3 quests would you like to have at your dinner table?
My mom, my dad, and my brother. My parents have raised me to be who I am today, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Even though I moved 1700 miles away, their continuous love and support has meant the world. My brother has also been incredibly supportive of everything I do and has such a gracious heart. My family means so much to me, and I love it when we are all back together.
What does the word “sustainable” mean to you when it comes to food?
Don’t waste! I hate wasting food, so I usually end up eating it all but there are so many useful ways to utilize unused food, egg shells, packaging containers, etc. Also, showing love to the local market vendors!
Favorite Recipe to Date?
Tough question… but this Black Bean Corn and Citrus Quinoa dish is always a hit!
What three recipes would you share with our readers?