Heather Connell, like so many others realized that after marriage meant becoming a better cook for herself, her husband and two beautiful twin daughters.  Heather not only shares all of her delicious recipes on her beautiful food blog Multiply Delicious, but also has offers other areas for kids, mommy-hood, and her altogether random thoughts.  Please welcome Heather this week on ThatsSoYummy’s Yummy Questionnaire!

Heather Connell

* Sweet or Savory?

Definitely sweet!

* Which ingredient(s) do you use the most?

For cooking, I love using fresh herbs and vegetables.  Basil being one of my favorites herbs to use.

For baking, I really like to try to use as much whole grains as I can in a recipe.  White Wheat Flour has the same nutrient value as wheat flour but has a sweeter flavor to it so with two little ones I like using the white wheat.  I also love, love cinnamon.

apple oat cookies

* What’s your favorite cooking smell?

I actually have several that come to mind and all for different reasons.

Cookies –It makes me think of my mom because she is a great baker and always was making cookies when I was growing up.  During the holidays our kitchen was like a cookie factory.  I think every day she was making cookies for the neighbors, friends and family.

Bacon – Makes me think of my grandmother and being in her kitchen.  She is a firm believer in breakfast and bacon is always part of that too.  And yes, I grew up in the South and bacon was always a common breakfast dish.

Banana Bread – My twin girls love bananas and they especially love my banana bread so I love baking it for them and it makes the house smell super yummy too.

banana bread

* What is your most favorite cooking sound?

Sizzle – the sound when the food hits the pan or grill.

* In the kitchen, what’s your most treasured possession?

Oh wow!  This is a hard one because I have so many.  I love my standing mixer, it was a wedding gift and I love it.  I also love my cooking knives because it makes chopping, dicing, etc a world of difference.

* What do you look for inside a dish?

Color and smell.  I really think you use your senses before even taking that first bite.  You look with your eyes and smell with your nose and most of the time that will determine if you like or want a dish.


* What is a “faux pas” in your kitchen?

I really don’t think there is one.  I have made a lot of mistakes in my kitchen over the years and I have had some great laughs from them.  I really think you learn from those and it makes you better as a cook.

* Is there a food you will not eat?

I actually don’t eat red meat.  I gave it up in 7th grade and have never eaten it since.  I got major food poisoning and swore it off. Red meat is still cooked in my kitchen, but it’s mostly done by my husband who is a red meat eater.

* What food is your guilty pleasure?

Anything sweet, I have a huge sweet tooth and sometimes it can get the best of me.  I have learned to have in moderation.

crab corn avocado

* Have you ever changed how you feel towards a food?

Yes, I used to not like avocado.  I know, can you believe that?  Now I love it and use it a lot in dishes.

* If you could choose a living or historical cook to prepare a meal for you, who would it be?

Oh this one is hard for me because I have three chefs that are my top favorite list.  I think if I had to choose one, it would probably have to be Paula Deen.  The reason being is because she reminds me of home and growing up in the south.  She makes me smile and I know she would be a lot of fun and to me that is important.  I would maybe just have to tell her not as much butter.

* Which food website/ or blog would you die without?

I have a lot of favorite blogs.  There is such a great community of creative bloggers out there.  I’m amazed every day!  Since I can’t just name one here are a few for the different areas I love.  I look at these blogs almost every day or once a week.

Design – Rock Paper Scissors, Making it Lovely, Tom Kat Studio

Fashion – Mrs. Lilien

Food – so many…. Bakerella, Picky Palate, Annie Eats, My Baking Addiction

Overall – Like many I love Pioneer Woman; she’s real, she’s cute, she makes me laugh, and she makes me cry.

cupcakes collage

* What is your favorite food related word?

Cupcake – I just think of nice things when I hear the word cupcake.  It makes me smile!

* What is your favorite food shopping experience?

I used to live in San Francisco and I always loved going to the outdoor farmer’s market.  It always had such amazing fresh ingredients and most of them were all local.  I was like a kid in a candy store.

* If you could move, which country would you move to for the food?

Italy – wine, pasta, bread, pizza and gelato….what could be better?

* What’s the dress code in the kitchen when you cook?

Comfortable, whatever that may be on that day.  Sometimes an apron and sometimes not.

* What would you request on the menu if it was your last supper?

I would have the red snapper with mango avocado salsa from my favorite restaurant.  And the all the desserts my little heart could desire.

* What food would you prepare to seduce someone?

The only person I would be seducing is my husband and I can honestly say he loves food and would be seduced by most anything.  However like me, sweets would be the ticket if I did have to do major seducing.  That would mean anything with cheesecake or a chocolate and peanut butter combination…or all three!

cinnamon banana cinnamon rolls

* What food are you craving right now?

Cinnamon Rolls, I love them.

* What is your comfort food?

Chicken Noodle Soup – When I was pregnant with the twins there wasn’t much that tasted good or would stay down.  I was a sick mommy for about 32 weeks.  My mom’s chicken noodle soup was the only thing that tasted good to me, and has been that way since I was a little girl.  When my mom came down to visit she would make me tons and freeze half of it so all I had to do was heat it up.  Chicken Noodle Soup has that way of making you feel all nice and cozy.

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