Almost anything you need to know about our November Cold-Proof Cook, Bev Weidner, can be summed up in the “About Me” section of her blog, Bev Cooks:
“Seven years ago, as I was reaching for the toy in the bottom of a cereal box I’d opened for dinner, I had an epiphany, ‘Yeah, I need to learn how to cook.’”
For starters, Bev is funny. She’s also self-taught in the kitchen. Which is probably why her attitude toward cooking is one that’s appropriately light. On Bev Cooks, she shares her friendly tone along with her newfound love of cooking and recipes. These recipes aren’t fussy or overly elaborate. What they ARE is approachable, unintimidating, and simply delicious. Read on to learn more about the unique Bev, her, errr, love of Journey, and one of her favorite new culinary discoveries!
How did you get into cooking and blogging?
As far as cooking goes, I realized a drastic change needed to be made in my life when the pizza delivery guy found a place on our Christmas card list. Oopsie.
As far as blogging goes, it was when I discovered this “outlet” called a blog and I realized all these people were openly and creatively telling stories and sharing recipes and I was all, “UM, I NEED TO DO THIS TOO, YOU GUYS.”
What’s your favorite tip for staying healthy?
SLEEP. I’m absurdly in love with a good night’s sleep. That and I love to run. And drink a ton of water. And eat blueberries. And kale. And almonds. And red wine. WHAT? It’s heart healthy, dude.
What’s one important way you try to care take of yourself and those around you?
I quit my full-time job back in March in an attempt to manage stress better. I’m naturally high-strung (Uh, I can sense you nodding) so it’s definitely no easy task. But each day I’m learning more how to LET THINGS GO and not be such an insano freak!
And of course, this naturally filters to those around me.
Can you share your favorite healthy/easy/deliciously comforting recipe?
This might not fall under the “comforting” category, but there’s a serious health party happening here, and I’m pretty sure they hired a band called OMEGA 3. And don’t be nervous about sardines. Really, after one bite you’re going to fall in love, grow a cape and probably rescue a kitten out of a tree or something .
* 1(3.75 oz) tin sardines, drained of oil
* 6 mini toasts
* 2 cups arugula
* 2 Tbs. mustard (of your choice)
* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* pinch of salt
Heat the oil in a small skillet and wilt the arugula, 1 minute. Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of salt. Spoon a little bit of the mustard on each mini toast. Top with arugula and a piece of sardine.
How did you discover this recipe?
I’d been abnormally curious about sardines for sooo long, and had only eaten them one other time. After researching what people typically do with them, I created a simple crostini type thingy with arugula and local mustard that absolutely rocked my face off.
I made it for lunch one day, but you could really serve it anytime. An afternoon snack, an appetizer before a dinner party, etc. Just make it, because I’m not kidding when I say your life will be steered in a new, exciting direction.
Cold-EEZE is great to use with other common cold remedies – besides Cold-EEZE, do you have a favorite home remedy?
You know, I DO put a little bit of royal jelly and honey in my green tea. The royal jelly tastes like death and regret alone, but in green tea it’s masked by the honey and is MEGA healthy.
See what we mean? Bev is funny, down-to-earth and approachable. And because she is simply a food enthusiast like you and me, rather than a Cordon Bleu trained professional chef, we hope you’ll feel inspired to try something out of your comfort zone. Like those omega-3 rich sardines. Let us know if you give it a whirl! And tell us: have you ever discovered that you LOVED a recipe or food that you never thought you’d even try?