Bake Your Day is the brainchild of Cassie Laemmli. A passion for food and the role it plays in our lives was the inspiration behind this fabulous, Missouri-based food blog. For Laemmli, food is much more than simply fuel. It’s a chance to come together, to nourish your body and to share life’s ups and downs—preferably over a bowl of Hawaiian Pizza Dip.
Describe your cooking style in three words: No-fuss. Spicy. Midwestern.
What’s your signature dish? Is “snack food” too broad? I love snacks—dips, popcorn, appetizers, etc. But if I had to narrow it down to specific dishes, I would say my Spicy Black Bean Burgers, French Onion Pork Chops or Hawaiian Pizza Dip.
What do you think is the most underrated ingredient? Soy sauce. Asian cuisine is one of my favorites, and soy sauce is obviously a staple in Asian cooking but it is amazing in many other cuisines as well. I use it in fajita seasoning, in homemade sloppy joes and in my black bean burgers. The deep, salty flavor is so perfect for so many of our favorite meals.
What’s the best cooking advice you’ve ever received? It’s not really advice, but my mom taught me to add a little of this, and a little of that when cooking, and to not be afraid to stray from a recipe. That’s exactly how I cook today. I know what flavors I like, and which flavors go well together, so I try to think that the sky is the limit when it comes to cooking and recipe development.
If you could share a meal with anyone in history who would it be? Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an advocate for women and for those who couldn’t advocate for themselves. Her gumption and drive have always inspired me.
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