In the Kitchen With: Damaris of The Little Foodie

| Apr 8, 2010 Food & Party

  • Meet Damaris of The Little Foodie

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    Damaris, of The Little Foodie, with her family.

    Meet Damaris. She's mom to Enzo and Maria Aurea, and one of two bloggers behind The Little Foodie. Today's In the Kitchen With feature takes us inside her California kitchen.

  • Damaris' family

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    Damaris' husband, Christian, with Enzo and Maria Aurea.

    Tell us about your family.

    I'm an expat mom living in California. I'm Brazilian, born and raised, and my husband, Christian, is American raised in Hawaii. We've lived in the East Coast, Hawaii, and now in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA. We only speak Portuguese at home and hope that our kids will appreciate the best of both cultures.

    Enzo is a 4-year-old little dude who loves to surf, and Maria Aurea is a 6 month old who believes that nothing is more delightful than sucking on her toes. I work part time at UC Santa Cruz as a resident advisor and work double over time as a mom.


  • Cooking style

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    Enzo, Damaris' son.

    Tell us about your blog. How would you describe your cooking style?

    I have two food blogs, The Little Foodie and Within the Corners of My Kitchen. I cook a lot of Brazilian food but love trying out new recipes -- especially American food that I didn't grow up with. I am fascinated by casseroles and all the many things Americans can do with Jell-O.

    I cook a lot with my son and was inspired to start up a blog dedicated to the intersection of food and kids; there are so many recipes kids -- even young kids -- can make.

  • The kitchen


    Antique jars in Damaris' kitchen.

    What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?

    I like to joke that my kitchen is smaller than most people's closets. We live in a tiny home with a tiny kitchen. However, it still stands as my favorite room in the house.

    I love having my favorite cookbooks on hand, my antique jars, my apron collection, and always, always, fresh flowers.

  • Cookbook obsessed


    Tomato sauce and cookbooks in the kitchen.

    Where do you find inspiration?

    I crave cookbooks. I have a good-sized collection, and I am constantly checking them out of my public library or browsing them at a bookstore. I find inspiration in cookbooks -- in the pictures, the details, and the endless possibilities of modifying a recipe to my taste.

  • Family traditions


    Enzo in the kitchen.

    What traditions or rituals do you and your family have with respect to food?

    My husband bakes bread almost every Sunday. We try our best to eat together at least once a day, and we try to make our meal times pleasant. This is really hard with a toddler who doesn't always want to eat what we make and who never, ever, ever wants to sit down at the table. We do a lot of cooking together, and I am always referring back to my grandmother's recipes.


  • Indulgences


    Fresh flowers in the kitchen.

    What is your one indulgence?

    I always have a 1 lb bar of milk chocolate -- Trader Joe's Belgian chocolate to be exact. I take little bites all day long -- seriously, all day long.


  • The food

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    Blackberry frozen yogurt.

    What do you make better than anyone else?

    Frozen yogurt. Being lactose intolerant is debilitating, especially because I'm married to a ice-cream fanatic. Yogurt is gentle on my stomach and I dedicate a lot of time to making and perfecting frozen yogurt recipes. I'm extra proud of my creamy blackberry frozen yogurt.

  • And, more food


    Apple with peanut butter and granola.

    I'm also proud of the snacks I make for my son and his friends. The apple with peanut butter and granola is a hit around the neighborhood.

  • Favorite sites


    Aprons in the kitchen.

    What are you favorite food blogs or websites?

    Whenever I'm looking for a recipe I browse TasteSpotting. I'm also a huge fan of The Food Librarian. I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person, and she's just as sweet as her cake recipes.

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