Interview with Kristin from Coffee and Wood Smoke

I post exclusively vegan and vegetarian recipes which is 95% of what I eat. I think this food is so beautiful; there are so many people on Instagram celebrating food right now. It’s a really fun community to explore, to meet new people, and to find new recipes and menu development. I think everyone does best on a slightly different diet and finding what works for your body is important.

Tell us about yourself!

I live in Bozeman, Montana and have been there for 6 years. I love the community and love that l live near the gates of Yellowstone. It’s such an outdoorsy community with lots of mountains and parks.

I’m currently a stay at home mom. The bulk of my career has been in wildlife management. Taking care of our land and agriculture to make sure we’re farming sustainably so we can continue to produce healthy and nutrient dense foods well into the future remains very important to me!

 

 

Share your approach to food with us: what do you like to cook? Why?

I started to cook in high school but not a lot beyond mac n cheese. I became a vegetarian in college and started to get into cooking more because I needed to cook in order to eat properly. This is when I really dove into the Moosewood Cookbook. Several years later, in the early 2000s, I learned I was gluten intolerant (this was before it became mainstream) which was extremely challenging because all of the amazing options we have now didn’t exist. This was the point in time when I began to focus on food and cooking a lot more. I needed to eat, and I wanted to eat well. I worked with a nutritionist to find out ways to eat delicious food and began to incorporate a limited amount of chicken and fish into my diet and shift how I thought about food. This is when I really started looking into GF baking which was a challenge! Brown rice flower was really the only option in the market. I started to dive into the world of alternative grains more as more options became available and GF became more mainstream.

My food philosophy right now focuses on nourishing myself through healthy and delicious foods and utilizing local seasonal produce to the extent possible. There are some greenhouses and root storage that I take advantage of in the winter. On social media, I post exclusively vegan and vegetarian recipes which is 95% of what I eat. I think this food is so beautiful; there are so many people on Instagram celebrating food right now. It’s a really fun community to explore, to meet new people, and to find new recipes and menu development. I think everyone does best on a slightly different diet and finding what works for your body is important.

I started my blog a few years ago and was really consistent but now, with my 2-year-old, my posting is a little more sporadic. I’ve been keeping up with my Instagram but have more coming on my blog!

Describe your food personality in 5-7 words

Nourishing – Healthy – Beautiful – Delicious – Plant Based – Vegetarian

What are your 3-5 favorite recipes? Why? Tell us about them!

A recipe of mine that I love is Cinnamon Teff [Flour] Waffles. I make them frequently since my son really does like them. We have a philosophy of he eats what everyone else eats. Some things are better than others and this is definitely a winner!

This past week I made my first personal recipe for a Vegan, No-Bake “Cheesecake” that was amazing!

Kristin’s blog posts sums up this next gorgeous recipe best: “When autumn mornings turn cool and crisp and daybreak takes its time, cozy breakfasts re-emerge from summer hibernation. This Figgy Porridge is simple and one of my favorite ways to start the day. It was actually one of the first recipes I intended to put on the blog, but I got distracted with others so it is just now making its appearance. The recipe is easy and straightforward and can be made with dry staples often kept on hand. The dried figs provide sweetness and earthiness, and the cinnamon warmth and spice. It nourishes you from the inside out. The recipe below is for one serving. Simply double, triple, etc. the recipe to make a bigger batch. I hope you enjoy it!”

What’s your favorite thing about Want the Recipe?

I love what you’re doing. There’s a void in the way that bloggers get together and share and store in a digital recipes box. I’m really excited about what you guys are doing!

What food can you not live without?

Kale – but UGH that’s so cliché right now! But it’s true, I always have kale in my refrigerator. So I’ll go with leafy greens! They’re so versatile and can be used in so many ways: salad, sautéed with rice or quinoa, with scrambled eggs or frittata, or in a sandwich. They’re so high in nutrients and there’s always different varieties.

What kitchen appliance do you swear by?

You should see my kitchen counter it’s covered! Hardly any room to prep. But, my Vitamix blender. I use it almost daily for smoothies, nice cream, salad dressing, batters, and nut milk.

What are your favorite blogs/ Instagram accounts that you follow? What do you like about them?

Vanillaandbean is run by Traci York and her recipes are reliable and absolutely delicious. She has a way with flavors and does an extraordinary job. She’s also a very kind human being which is important to me. Her personality shines through, her passion for cooking shines through and I love her recipes.

Hannah_Chia’s photos and recipes are very inspirational and reliable. There are so many beautiful food blogs and recipes that it’s important to find ones where you know that every time you cook it it’ll turn out great. Hannah’s recipes are delicious and plant-based. She has a good balance of sweet and savory in the recipes she creates.

Shisodelicous shares lots of bento boxes and Asian inspired cuisine. I used to live in Hawaii so whenever I see her work it’s a throwback to a lot of the kind of food I ate there. She gives me inspiration to try slightly new and different things. Again a really nice, genuine person.

Do you have any advice for our food community?

I would just say: to have fun with food. To enjoy it, to celebrate it, to not get too overwhelmed with the options that are out there. Find foods that look good and sound good and taste good to you and nourish you and help you feel good. It’s a constant journey and exploration and at the end of the day, food should be something that we gather around as a community and enjoy. It’s so easy to become stressed out with “good foods” and “bad foods” and what we “should” or “shouldn’t” be eating and it can take some of the joy out of it. Find foods that nourish you and make you happy.

What city do you live in? What are your go to spots for juice, lunch, takeout, etc.?

I live in Bozeman, Montana and the farmer’s markets are my go-to shopping spots. There are 2 summer markets and 1 winter market that are great as well as the co-op.

If I’m indulging, there is a Thai place called Sweet Chili that is delicious. That’s my top takeout spot. Bridger Brewing has a great gluten free pizza.

What’s your Instagram handle, blog link, any other social media or accounts you’d like us to share!

You can find me on:

Instagram @coffeeandwoodsmoke

My blog coffeeandwoodsmoke.wordpress.com

 

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