Stacy Ladenburger, a midwest girl in a Californian, world created Delightful Crumb to fulfill two of her greatest passions: food and writing. Containing recipes that feature whole foods and seasonal ingredients, this vegetarian food blog has recipes that can be enjoyed by all.
Describe your cooking style in three words: Fresh. Straightforward. Inviting.
What’s your signature dish? Toast! It’s simple, but impressive. I cut sourdough into thick slices, toast them and rub the warm bread with the cut side of a clove of garlic. Atop that, ricotta and whatever is beautiful and in season. For spring, I love fava beans tossed with lemon, olive oil, plenty of herbs and freshly cracked black pepper.
What do you think is the most underrated ingredient? Lettuce acquired a reputation as a boring, mundane thing during the last couple of decades, but I think it’s coming back. There are so many interesting, gorgeous varieties. A simple salad made with wonderful greens is nothing to be scoffed at!
What’s the best cooking advice you’ve ever received? Don’t worry about making mistakes. It’s familiar advice, but so true. The best way to learn is to just go for it, make plenty of mistakes along the way and emerge a better—and probably more lighthearted—cook.
If you could share a meal with anyone in history who would it be? I’d love to eat with M.F.K. Fisher. I would pepper her with questions about how she landed upon her writing style, which is now so beloved, and ask her to tell me the stories that didn’t make it into her books.
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