Hi, I’m Krista, welcome to Living on Cookies!
It all began when
I grew up in Minnesota, USA, and moved to Austria in 1993. Learning Austrian ways, its culture and the German language were a huge challenge for me. Baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies in our tiny studio apartment in Salzburg was the ultimate comfort back then.
But baking the cookies, brownies and cupcakes I loved from home involved hand-importing the key ingredients myself and figuring out which Austrian ingredients were equivalent to American ones.
Baking in Austria
One of my favorite things about living in Austria is that Austrians love home baking just as much as I do and that a mid-afternoon cake and coffee break are an institution.
Learning how to bake all the wonderful Austrian pastries was a matter of: 1. understanding German, 2. learning how to use metric measurements for ingredients, 3. using different ingredients than I’d ever worked with before and 4. dealing with the often confounding wordage in Austrian recipes – recipes in which the exact amounts aren’t always indicated and the instructions read “combine ingredients and bake.”
Why I blog
Since 2014 I've been blogging about everything I've learned over the years.
My page on Conversions & Substitutions is the heart of Living on Cookies and I refer to it often for measurement conversions and weights of ingredients. There I also explain the differences between American & Austrian ingredients and what you can use to replace ingredients that aren't available in the country you're living in.
I make a point of writing my recipes in clear and concise step by step directions, often with photos, and sprinkled throughout with lots of explanations of ingredients and measurements. I want to encourage and inspire you: baking is fun!
Wondering where to start? May I suggest...
One last thing
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