Despite her status as a well-known food blogger, Jamie Lothridge has kept her job as a middle school teacher in addition to writing the very popular, “My Baking Addiction.” Jamie regularly shares delicious looking treats on her site that will leave you drooling. You can find Jamie on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Who is your culinary icon?
I love Ina Garten’s simple and elegant approach to food. It’s something to truly admire.
Why do you love to cook?
Cooking and baking for me are a two-fold therapeutic process. I spent much of my childhood baking and cooking with my Nana and mom, and there are a lot of recipes that take me right back to those cherished moments. Any time I’m having a hard day, I get in the kitchen and concentrate on flour, sugar, and butter – they clear my mind so I can think about the issues at hand with a cool head…eventually!
What is the best part about being a food blogger?
All the delicious food is pretty great, but really it’s been the connections and friendships I’ve made. Who knew there were so many of us out there, passionate about sustenance?
Who would you want to battle on Iron Chef?
Definitely Michael Symon! He’s a fellow Ohioan and also pretty easy on the eyes, if ya ask me.
What was your first published recipe?
Oh gosh…in pure peanut-butter addict style, it was for something akin to a Girl Scout Cookie Do-Si-Do, but hilariously, I didn’t even post the recipe! I simply linked to the base recipe I started with, and then listed all my adaptations.
What is your favorite food city?
Las Vegas – I’ve been there more times than I can count and although the city itself is pretty fantastic, the food is what lures me back time and time again.
What three PBS personalities would you invite to dinner (animated, muppet, or living)?
I was a huge Sesame Street fan as a kid, so I’d have to invite Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Snuffy. I wonder what their favorite cookies are?
What meal/snack is your guilty pleasure?
Anything black licorice or sour – think Good & Plenty, gummy bears, and Sour Straws.
What is your favorite under appreciated kitchen tool?
That’s easy – a potato ricer. I don’t make mashed potatoes without one – no lumps allowed in my kitchen.
In one tweet (140 characters or less)- what is your culinary style?
I love what happens when a creative spin is added to a classic dessert to transform it into something modern and delicious.
When outside the kitchen, how do you spend your time?
I’m still a full time middle school teacher for kids with special needs, so that’s where my weekdays are spent. If I’m not in the kitchen on the weekends, you’ll probably find me browsing Pinterest and my favorite blogs, shopping for home décor items or hanging out with my fiancé and pups.
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