HandPicked People: Katja Jylkka

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As we've built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

Katja Jylkka has been a part of HandPicked Nation from the very beginning. Katja has examined the alarming issue of honey adulteration and smuggling, and peeled back the label on yogurt to find some surprising truths.

Katja's dedication to finding and sharing the facts has made her an invaluable contributor and an excellent teacher.

Name: Katja Jylkka

Occupation: Teacher

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Teaching, writing, making food, and learning.

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food is what I can pluck triumphantly from my deer-beseiged garden, and what doesn't hide its gluten from me.

What is your first food memory? My first cooking memory is making "spice soup" for my parents. I'll give you the recipe: 1.) Boil water in a pot. 2.) Pour some of all the spices in the cabinet into the water. 3.) Serve.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? Cardamom.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Sweet potatoes, salt, brown rice, soy sauce, honey.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Never let the puppy steal avocado from the counter when you're making tacos.

What's going to be your next meal? Stuffed summer squash.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what kinds of questions you want us to ask in the comments below!