Whether you are looking for an excellent recipe for Beef Wellington or trying to come up with a menu for a dinner party, Lori Lange of RecipeGirl has got you covered. With over 2,600 user-friendly recipes that Lori has personally tested, and a plethora of themed menu ideas, RecipeGirl is a virtual Mecca for those seeking out new culinary endeavors. In our exclusive interview, Lori tells us what it was like to work on her soon-to-be released cookbook, The Recipe Girl Cookbook, as well as her secrets to finding good food no matter where the road takes her.
You have your very own cookbook releasing in the spring of 2013–congratulations! Can you share what the cookbook experience was like for you?
The experience was both exciting and exhausting! My brain was working 24 hours a day and always buzzing with new ideas. I’d wake up in the morning and scribble things onto a notepad that I had dreamed about. My best recipes were created in my head on my morning runs! All day, every day, for six months, I was absorbed in writing, shopping, recipe testing, and doing dishes. It was not easy, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Your son Brooks has his own blog and prepares the recipes he shares. What is like to have him so active in the kitchen?
I wouldn’t say he’s very active in the kitchen, but he’s definitely interested in food and learning about the preparation techniques, etc. He enjoys helping out once in a while and making some things for his blog. It’s neat that we have this thing in common (especially as he approaches his teenage years!), and I feel really good that I’m raising a boy who will know his way around the kitchen.
You are a former elementary school teacher. What inspired you to move from teaching in the classroom to executing recipes for your blog?
I started creating the blog in my final year of teaching since I knew I was moving toward phasing out my teaching career to stay at home with my son. Not being one who can sit around for very long, it was the perfect outlet for my creative energy. I’m fairly sure I spend more time on my website than most people who have a typical 9 to 5 job. And I love every minute of it!
We just wrapped up another holiday season. What are some of the dishes your family looks forward to the most?
We always make several kinds of cookies, but our favorites have been repeated every year in our family:
Flourless Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies (for my gluten-free Mom)
Christmas morning we always make my Grandmother’s Cinnamon Rolls too!
Your family takes a car trip from San Diego to Boston every summer, stopping in multiple cities to try the local eats, and you take your readers along for the ride. What have been your favorites places to dine at?
Our secret is talking to the locals and finding out where they like to eat, rather than going by what’s popular.
Favorites across the country include:
Moonshine in Austin, TX (great, classic comfort food)
Magnolia in Charleston, SC (amazing Southern food)
Arcade Restaurant in Memphis, TN (Sweet Potato Pancakes)
Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, GA (delicious sweet treats)
Dave’s Sushi in Bozeman, MT (unique offerings)
Basset’s Ice Cream (Reading Terminal Market) in Philly, PA (classic)
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