Interview with Pam Nelson: Author of For the Love of Cooking
September 28, 2011

Put yourself close to amazing fresh produce and you’re more than halfway to making an Iron Chef-like dinner. Simply ask Pam Nelson, mother of two and author of the blog “For The Love of Cooking" who makes complete use of Oregon’s agricultural splendor as she whips up a wide range of dishes for her family. We recently had a chance to catch up with Pam:

The variety on your blog is fantastic. Can you tell us a little about yourself? What influences your choice of recipes and what do you usually look for when you’re making a new dish? 

My name is Pam and I am a stay at home mom with two children who inspire me to be a better cook. I love using fresh ingredients, organic when possible, and I like to experiment with different tastes and textures. I try to keep my recipes lower in fat but still tasting great. My favorite hobbies are cooking, photography and blogging so I decided to combine them and create a recipe blog. It has been a wonderful way to organize my recipes and share them at the same time.

Living in Oregon you must have some great fresh food?  Are there certain dishes you make more often  because of where you live? 

We have amazing farmer’s markets and great grocery stores that carry beautiful produce, meats, and seafood.  Living in Oregon is a foodie heaven!  I am often making soups, stews, and roasted vegetables because of the great produce.

Do you favor certain types of dishes (e.g., dishes that are fast, that don’t require much involvement, etc.)? How about types of cuisines that you prefer (Italian, Mexican, etc.)?  

I love Mexican food and I make it as often as possible.  I try to make it healthier by baking instead of frying and using sharp cheeses so I can use less.

Finally, do you have any parting tips for the busy young professional to help make the entire cooking process easier? Kitchen must-haves / cooking must-dos?

Having a sharp knife is a MUST… it makes prep work so much easier.  Also, when cooking meat, make sure to let the cooked meat “REST” for at least 5 minutes prior to slicing.  Cooking with “in season” ingredients will make your meals so much tastier!

Thanks to Pam for taking the time to answer our questions and for sharing not just one but a number of family favorites for us to pick from, all looking incredibly delicious. Find more great recipes on Pam’s blog ‘fortheloveofcooking.net’.

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