I’m Melinda Strauss and I am the founder of Kitchen Tested, a kosher website devoted to helping you make the impossible possible in your own kitchen. No more being afraid to make six layer rainbow cake, vegan cheesecake, gluten free pancakes or homemade doughnuts! With my step by step directions and photos, you can just follow along with my recipes to get it right every time. There are no boundaries to the food that I will cook or bake in my own kitchen. Sometimes it’s as simple as a cookie and other times I’m working with ingredients that I’ve never heard of before! Lately, I’m very into baking gluten free and grain free and whenever I can, I’ll go dairy free. Clean eating is very important to me but everything in moderation, right?!?
What you will see here: Directions, photos and tips for unusual food that you can cook in your own kitchen! I hope you will see that these exciting and daring recipes CAN be done by a regular home cook.
Who is the author: I (Melinda) am the most wonderful wife…according to me, a (sometimes) patient mother of two kiddies, Zachary and Nora, and an experimental chef in my own kitchen and my own mind. I think about food from the moment I wake up to the time I go to sleep and seem to find any excuse to talk about it all day long.
I am a modern orthodox Jew and I keep kosher. Because of this, all of the recipes you read on my blog will be kosher. I encourage you to adapt my recipes however you please, kosher or not!
I am also a Type 1 Diabetic. That means I take insulin every time I eat something with sugar in it. When I was a kid, pre-Diabetes, I would pour so much sugar on my strawberries that my parents would always say “do you want some strawberries with your sugar?” Well, now I add natural sweeteners like honey or pure maple syrup (and even warmed peanut butter) on my strawberries! It doesn’t stop me from cooking and experimenting with food because I know that as long as I can keep track of my glucose, I can eat whatever I want.
Am I addicted to eating food? Maybe. Am I addicted to thinking about food? Oh yeah! I know there are more of you out there just like me and I hope you will be inspired to test your creativity like I’m doing in my own kitchen.
Who is my family?
Justin is a really great husband and helpful father. He also washes the dishes and does the laundry! I couldn’t ask for anything more.
My son, Zachary, is a wild and crazy kid who never stops, except to eat and watch TV. Zach has his fathers looks and his mothers temperament. He lacks patience but he has such a caring soul and is always looking out for everyone.
My daughter, Nora, is a beautiful and dainty little girl. I don’t want to jinx it, but she sleeps well, eats well and plays well. She is my (mostly) sweet angel.
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