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Cooks We Love: Alexandra Hedin

We were first drawn to Alexandra’s blog because of the recipes. We stayed for the craft projects and party tips. For any mom with small kids, entertaining can be laughable — finding the time is always a challenge. But Alexandra has a series of videos that will make it all seem effortless. We promise. And then, of course, there is her DIY body scrub, coasters and Sparkling Sugar Waffles. Need we say more?

Name: Alexandra Hedin

Website or blog: alexandrahedin.com

Blogging since: Legitimately calling myself a blogger since 2012.

Where you call home: Seattle

What’s your earliest cooking memory? I grew up cooking with my mother, a Home Economics teacher, as well as my grandmother. I don’t know that there is one specific memory of cooking. But every good memory I have ever had revolves around food — eating it, cooking it, shopping for it.

How would you characterize or describe your cooking style today? Simple and fun.

What’s your favorite thing to cook at home? Why? Ice cream. Nothing tastes better than homemade ice cream and it’s something everyone gets excited about. You can never go wrong with homemade ice cream — unless you try to make it out of Italian Prunes. Don’t make ice cream from Italian Prunes.

What are three things you have in the pantry at all times? Pasta, tortilla chips, dried fruit

What’s your “There’s Nothing in the Fridge Dinner”? The one thing you often whip up with very few ingredients or, perhaps, very little inspiration? Risotto! You can mix anything into risotto and it’s delish. Or nothing at all and it’s creamy and filling. Plus, it passes off as rice to picky eaters.

What are some of your kitchen goals, i.e., skills you want to improve on or recipes you want to try or master? I don’t like complicated cooking. If it’s hard or tricky, chances are it’s not fun. But fried food is fun and frying food at home is hard. I would like to be better at frying food at home — my desire to fit into my jeans doesn’t let me practice.

How has becoming a mother changed your experience as a home cook? My oldest child is a picky eater, which has caused me to rethink and retool some recipes to make them things he will eat or at least try. Once he tries something, he’s usually on board with it. But the hurdle from “What is this?” to “I like this” is a big one.

What are some of your favorite cookbooks and/or food blogs? I love Food52 and I could spend hours (OK, I do spend hours) on Pinterest looking for something new to try. I have a bad habit of collecting cookbooks, so I have hundreds of them stashed away. I’m currently working my way through "Sweet Paul Eat & Make."

Besides other cookbooks or food blogs, where do you draw inspiration for your cooking? We eat what’s fresh and in season. We have a garden that we eat from in the summer, a CSA box that serves as weekly inspiration and the season to tell us what we should be eating. When ingredients are fresh and of the best quality, you don’t need a lot of them to eat well.

Where else can we find you? I am on Q13 FOX in Seattle every other Tuesday, on the blog and most recently on YouTube, with party ideas that you can do any night of the week!

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