Monday, July 28, 2014

Tasty Beginnings~a little background at present day

Tasty Beginnings

 After an extremely busy year of teaching Middle School Spanish, I decided I was not going to work this summer and get back to being creative. One of my goals this summer was to start blogging. I feel like I have a lot of interesting stories and experiences to blog about, but I guess what comes easiest to me is food. So here we go, what better time to start than a stormy day in Maine. 

A this time of the year in Maine, gardens just begin to show their sweet bounty. I have a very small urban garden, where this year, I am growing mostly herbs; Thai and Sweet Basils, Sage, Cilantro, Parsley, as well as summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, green beans and lettuce. However, my good friends and close neighbors, have an urban garden, chockfull of a variety of veggies, and my parents two hours north, have an enormous garden, and outdo themselves every year. When I can't find what I'm craving through them, I can always visit one of our two local farmers markets here in Portland. 

Food has always been an important and quintessential force in my family. Like I said, my parents have a vast and amazing garden. Well to pair it up, they also are fantastic cooks, who instilled in me the values of nutrition, balanced diet, and a critical passion for quality, tasty food. The joke with my friends as a teen-ager, was oh we have to wait for Karina to finish dinner before going out, its going to be a couple hours. Dinner was almost always elaborate, to say the least. 

I love to cook, although it really seems to have become one of the last things I do or can find inspiration for in my day to day life. I used to spend hours in the kitchen, just throwing things together based on flavor and texture combinations I could just kind of imagine, without literally tasting them. Things change, and now I am a busy mom, with a daughter who is not only picky, but getting her to sit still and focus on eating is quite a daunting task. Therefore, many of my go-to meals these days have seemed to be based on bland and boring three year old tastebuds. Thank goodness that seems to be changing, and she is becoming a bit more adventurous and accepting with her pallet. 

So with that being said… with a little fresh summer time inspiration on a cooler day. I'm going to share my recipe for roasted garden veggie pizza. 
                                                             Salud-- Karina

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