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Blogger Spotlight: Mekhal Kramer (Test My Recipes)

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started:
I have always been a food enthusiast. I love cooking my own recipe creations along with the traditional foods from my family which is from Iraq/India. My blog is a way to document my recipes, and a place to give my readers easy, healthy and accessible recipes. To come up with a “clean” recipe you often have to do a lot of recipe testing. It can take a great deal of time to perfect a recipe, and be quite expensive. As a busy mom working full time I do not have enough time to test and perfect every recipe. This is where my blog is unique. I post a new recipe each week, and I also ask for feedback from my readers. If I receive enough feedback on a recipe I will revise the recipe and post a new "Final" recipe. In addition to posting a recipe every week, I write a food related article as well. This is where I share some insights as a busy home cook and food lover. Topics range from spices, to food book reviews, to the essentials for your pantry, to cheese.

What is your earliest cooking memory?
My earliest cooking memory is cooking with my Grandma. She used to babysit me while my parents were at work. She always had me in the kitchen with her and used to let me help with whatever she was making, from cookies to meatballs. My grandma used to love watching cooking shows like The Frugal Gourmet and Julia Child and I used to love watching them with her. I also have a lot of memories of my dad and aunt cooking for huge parties and me sneaking around the kitchen trying to see what they were doing.

What is your favorite kitchen implement / utensil / gadget?
It is funny that you ask this question because I have an entire post dedicated to kitchen gadgets. I have never had a huge kitchen, so to to be on my list it has to be compact and also inexpensive. I have four listed on my blog, but if I have to pick one it would be my immersion blender.

What's your favorite kosher dish to cook?
All of my recipes are kosher. It is hard to pick a favorite! If I had to pick I would say my chicken soup or pasta sauce.

Who is your cooking inspiration?
My Auntie Seemah. She lives in Israel and is the best cook I know. She lived in Canada when I was growing up and we visited her often. My favorite food memories are of the food she made us. She makes a lot of traditional Iraqi/Indian foods and she does it the old fashioned way. Everything she makes is a labor of love. I can only hope to be as good a cook as she is one day. She cooks like everyone else in my family - without recipes and by instinct so it is hard for me to replicate her cooking. Whenever I see her we spend time in the kitchen together and I try to take lots of notes on everything she makes! In addition to being an amazing cook she is also an excellent baker. I am not an excellent baker so I really admire her for that as well.

Please share a favorite cooking tip or trick with our readers:
A recipe does not have to take a long time or be difficult to be delicious. If you keep some essentials in your refrigerator and pantry you are able to whip up delicious and healthy meals in no time. My other tip would be to use fresh ingredients whenever possible.

Which recipes are you sharing with us today?
I am sharing my family's chicken soup recipe which I call "Not Your Grandma's Chicken Soup". This is a perfect example of Iraqi/Indian/Jewish cooking and was the first post on my blog. It is a different spin on a traditional chicken soup, but so delicious and easy to make. Everyone who has tried the recipe has loved it. I am sharing my Quinoa With Black Beans which is a healthy and easy vegetarian dish. Lastly, I am submitting my Lamb Kababs. We love kababs in my family because they are so versatile and can be made with any kind of meat. They are also an easy, quick and tasty dish.

Micky is a busy mom, home cook, foodie and blog writer.  She strives to provide easy, delicious and health conscious recipes to readers on her blog,  In addition to posting recipes, she also writes food themed articles.  Micky comes from a long line of fantastic and creative cooks and  loves to share her take on her family's recipes along with her own creations. She firmly believes that food can bring people together and be the basis for lasting memories.