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Monica

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Dermish in the Kitch

Greetings from beautiful Seward Alaska! For some reason or another I always find myself interested in hobbies that take place in the kitchen.

I learned how to cook in a German resturant. And although I have always had a knack for baking I never really went crazy with it. Instead I spent my time in the kitchen working on my thriving bath and body business. Even though I was "baking and cooking" with lye and essential oils it seems to satisfy my need to create masterpieces in the kitchen. Then the opportunity to move to Alaska came along. After much careful planning and arranging I found myself in a tiny cabin on the side of a mountain, overlooking the beautiful Resurrection Bay in Seward Alaska.

The kitchen was a far cry from my huge victorian kitchen in Kansas. Knowing full well what I was getting myself into I sold everything soap related before I moved up here. I came up with 2 suitcases worth of things. One for my son and one for me. Everything else of ours, except for a family trunk, we left behind. My new digs were tiny and primitive to say the least. No running water, no sewer. But it wasn't long before I adapted and could shampoo/condition my waist long hair and still have water left to shave my legs all with the water contained in a small pork rinds bucket. Glamorous no but the beauty long outweighed the hardships.

During my dark long winters in the tiny cabin I emerssed myself in baking. Always trying to out do the limits of my primitive kitchen. My kitchen was my home. No matter what part of the country I was living in.
I have since moved from the tiny cabin and now live in town with all the normal facilities. And all though I don't miss the outhouse, I do miss the quiet days spent looking out the window into the forest and forgetting that the rest of the world existed.

My new found love of baking has continued in my new in town kitchen. I am continuing to grow as a cook and a baker and thrive on challenging myself so that I can continue to grow.

How long have you been a Daring Baker/Daring Cook and what’s your favorite thing about being in the group(s) so far?

I joined the group about a year ago but life came up Smile Now I am back and have the time and energy to devote to the challenges. Still learning about the group!

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? How about your favorite kitchen appliance?

Hmm, does a digital thermometer count as a gadget? My favorite appliance would be my kitchen aid mixer, hands down!

Are you known for making a certain dish or dessert? If so, what is it?

Used to be breads of any sort. Then I found MMF. Now I am known in town as the crazy cake lady.

What is the ultimate comfort food to you?

Potatoes, mashed with loads of butter or baked with butter, cheese, and sour cream. Or potato gnocchi. Either way potatoes Smile

Other than cooking and/or baking.. what hobbies do you enjoy?

Anything outdoors!

How long have you been blogging? Do you like it? What’s your favorite post you’ve written?

Almost a year. Love it! Need to spend more time blogging though. Favorit post? Probably this one it is about xtratuf cupcakes and golfing on the mudflats in March; pure small town Alaska!

What’s your favorite flower and/or plant?

Daisy or any flower similar in shape.

Who taught you how to cook and/or bake?

I learned how to bake and cook in a german resturant when I was in High school. The rest was self taught. My mom could fix meals out of boxes and casseroles but that was about it. And her baking.. well lets just say that when my son goes home to visit during the summer he always comments about how horrible her cookies are and how he eats just to make her feel good!

What’s your favorite holiday and why?

Halloween. As a kid we would help with the city haunted house every year. I guess it just stuck with me Smile

You’ve had a rough week. We feel your pain. How do you relax after a rough week?

A glass of Shiraz and a table of friends at one of many local watering holes.

Where is your favorite vacation (holiday) destination?

I live in paradise! But am going to Hawaii this winter!

Aside from chocolate for most of us, do you have a food addiction?

My current addiction is roasted chickpeas. I fix a couple cans a week and have been playing with the seasoning.

What kind of colors do you like? Pastels? Earth tones? Brights? Neons? Etc.

Earth tones

You can visit Monica on her blog Dermish in the Kitch