By Amanda Sullivan
Our October Foodie of the Fort is Veronica Krammer, a military spouse of 17 years whose sense of adventure leads her to enjoy cooking a variety of cuisines inspired by cultures around the world.
While Krammer does not consider herself an expert in the kitchen, she loves to cook and share food with her family and friends.
Kramer prefers cooking to baking, finding the rules and measurements in baking restrictive. She prefers the freedom to explore with flavor and recipes found in cooking. However, she has a signature banana nut bread she makes as her go-to dessert.
Here is Krammer’s Foodie of the Fort interview:
Q. There is no doubt you have a love for cooking. Do you consider yourself a Foodie?
A. No, I’m not a foodie. I’m just an adventurous person who enjoys food. I find eating out at restaurants and cooking with flavors from all cultures and cuisines enjoyable.
Q. What is your specialty dish and why did you choose it?
A. I don’t have a specialty dish. I think this is because I like variety and I’m easily bored with the mundane. Military spouses can have numerous events to attend each month and we’re often asked to bring a dish along to share. Sometimes you must be creative with ingredients available in your pantry. As a result, I have numerous go-to dishes. I have options for main courses, sides and salads. I even have one solid dessert. Even though I don’t bake much, I make and share a delicious banana bread.
Q. Do people call on you when it is time to cook? Why do you think they do?
A. I think coworkers call on me when it’s time for a party because they can count on me to bring the food and fun.
Q. How did you acquire your love for cooking?
A. I grew up watching my mom and dad cook authentic Mexican food together. There was always music, laughter and amazing aromas coming from the kitchen. In my mind, the kitchen plus cooking equals comfort and love. I rarely cooked until I got married, but once I started dabbling with cooking I found the kitchen to be a place of happiness, much like my childhood memories. Cooking just clicked and came easily.
Q. Why do you like to share food with people?
A. I love to cook, and I love to share. It makes me happy when I feed people. Simple as that.
Best Banana Bread
4 cups bananas (6-7 bananas)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups canola oil (I sub applesauce)
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
• Preheat oven to 325 degrees
• Grease bread pans
• Combine bananas, sugar, oil, eggs.
• Combine flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon
• Sprinkle top center of batter with sugar (for nice crusty top when fully baked)
• Add chopped walnuts or pecans if desired.
• Bake 60 minutes
• Share with friends and enjoy