In this month’s People Profile we’re featuring Los Angeles food blogger, Erika Kerekes. Erika is a contributing writer for the LA Cooking Examiner and author of In Erika’s Kitchen, a blog dedicated to her homemade recipes. A native New Yorker, Erika enjoys cooking with fresh veggies grown from her or her friends’ backyards.
If you could only eat one veggie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Zucchini. It’s so flexible – I love it grated and fried into pancakes, shredded in sweet whole wheat zucchini muffins, baked into a cheesy gratin, or melted into a marinara over pasta.
What is your greatest veggie victory?
Convincing people not to throw away beet greens! I will literally stand at the farmers’ market or in the grocery store and tell people how nutritious they are and how to prepare them.
How did you help your family develop good habits?
Our typical dinner is a protein and three vegetables – one cooked, one sliced raw, and salad. I’ve learned that the more vegetables I put on the table, the more vegetables we’ll eat.
What’s your favorite way to use Country Crock?
I like to mix it with a bunch of chopped fresh herbs – parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil is my favorite combination right now – and spread it on a piping hot baked potato.
Where do you get inspiration for all your great recipes?
Every recipe I include on my blog is something my family has eaten and enjoyed. Most of my inspiration comes from what looks good that day at the market.