Karina Chronicles

Frockstar™: Kristy Bernard of The Wicked Noodle

Name: Kristy Bernard
Age: Old enough to know when it’s going to rain
Location: Aldie, VA (just outside DC)
Online homes: The Wicked Noodle // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

Favorite Karina dress: The Lauren 3/4 sleeve – gorgeous!

What are your every day, must-reads, online or off?
I read a lot of food blogs. Mostly I read them to offer support to those who do the same for me; it’s sort of an unspoken code in food blogging. It’s also a great way to stay on top of what others are doing and find some inspiration. I go through phases where I’ll read a lot of cooking magazines, too. Right now I’m also reading a fictional book, “The Night Circus,” which is great fun.

You’re a chef and food blogger.  What’s your go-to recipe these days?
I rarely make the same thing twice. My clients have a favorites list that I turn to when I’m low on inspiration but otherwise it’s almost always new. That’s the fun part for me! I do love a creamy tomato soup though, and this time of the year I often make one for myself as a quick, easy lunch. And I’m a sucker for stuffed jalapenos so although the filling changes, they seem to be on my table at least once a month.

What is one of favorite ingredients that you think most people don’t use enough?
Salt!! I don’t think people realize the difference this can make to a dish. I always encourage people to make a homemade potato soup with no seasoning, then taste it, add salt, taste, and add some more until they feel it’s just right. Potato soup is so bland without seasoning but can really be delicious with it, which makes it a great way to get practice with seasoning properly. I also love cooking with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Just a teaspoon of the smoky sauce really adds a wonderful flavor.

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?
To be grateful for what you have. This is a lesson that has really transformed my life. I even wrote a post about it!

Your perfect day.  What would it look like?
Waking up around 7:30, reading the paper & drinking coffee until around 10. Heading to a long, leisurely brunch with my family, then hitting a book store or museum. Come home and have friends over for dinner & cocktails, finishing with everyone around a fire in the back yard.

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