Maria Kniestedt

Favorite food:

I definitely have a weakness for dessert. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good plate of cheesy nachos with salsa and guacamole, but my favorite go-to food is chocolate, preferably milk chocolate.

Favorite local restaurant (formal dining, ethnic, neighborhood bistro):

We’re mostly a take-out family (thanks to my preschooler’s exuberance). If we do have a chance to enjoy a grown-up meal, Sutter Street Steakhouse is a favorite. Dos Coyotes is our favorite ethnic choice, and Karen’s in Folsom is my neighborhood favorite – I love her low-fat (but it doesn’t taste low-fat) blueberry coffee cake.

Favorite dining experience of all time:

NOLA in New Orleans – delicious!

Earliest food-related memory from childhood:

When we were kids, our birthdays were big celebrations – with lots of family, friends and food involved. The best thing about being the birthday girl was getting to choose the menu. I was always so predictable—cheeseburgers grilled outdoors, baked beans, my Mom’s potato salad and chocolate-chocolate cake. To this day, it’s still my favorite meal!

Most impressive dish you've whipped up using only ingredients on hand:

The most impressive dish I’ve ever whipped up on a moment’s notice can be witnessed nearly every week night when I try to create a healthy meal that my children will actually eat!

Favorite family recipe:

I grew up watching my Mom bake, so one of my fondest memories is of the delicious smells coming from my Mom’s kitchen and of helping her whip up everything from cookies to homemade bread. Today, one of my favorite things to do is bake scones from one of her recipes.

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