Meet Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Kristi Larson! Kristi conducts Cooking School shows throughout the country, focusing primarily on the Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Utah and Nevada areas. Kristi says, “I am always excited to come into a community and share my love of cooking with new people.” She goes on to say that she “always has a great time at shows because the audience makes it fun!”
Kristi is originally from Othello, Washington and she now resides near the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Kristi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from Brigham Young University – Idaho. She has previously worked as an independent kitchen consultant and for a national bakery chain. Some of Kristi’s favorite activities include reading, watching movies, and of course, cooking!
To learn more about Kristi, take a look at some of her answers to questions below!
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know? I don’t like to wear socks, even in the middle of winter. I try to find shoes that work well without them!
How did you develop your passion for cooking/food? I’ve been cooking from a very young age, and find it to be enjoyable and relaxing. I started out helping my mom and grandma make cookies. I learned quickly that if I was the one making them, I was also able to eat them fresh from the oven!
What is the best thing you ever ate? That’s really hard to narrow down. Chocolate dipped key lime pie is definitely up there.
What is a funny or memorable moment that has happened in your own kitchen? A few years ago, for Christmas dinner, I was asked to make my grandma’s traditional 3 layer gelatin salad. I didn’t let the second layer set up long enough, and when I poured the top one on the salad, it went underneath the middle layer. It looked awful, but still tasted good.
What was your favorite food growing up? Dill pickles.
When did you start cooking? Who taught you to cook? My mom let me help her when I was probably 4 or 5 years old. I remember when I was pretty young, and I was mixing up some pancake batter from scratch. I was trying to measure the salt, but the container slipped out of my hand and into the bowl, spilling quite a bit into the batter. We tried to scoop as much of it out as possible, but they were still a bit salty. I learned my lesson – don’t measure over the bowl!