Cookie Queen Maria Lichty Inspires Others to Experiment in the Kitchen
When Maria and Josh Lichty catered their own wedding in 2008, the food was met with rave reviews and requests for recipes. Maria began posting recipes to her husband’s blog for family and friends, but when strangers started visiting their food and lifestyle blog, Two Peas & Their Pod was born.
Fifteen years later, the blog has since turned into a foodie’s dream with a variety of recipes from sweet and savory to indulgent and healthy. A self-proclaimed cookie connoisseur, Maria has posted over 200 delicious cookie recipes that simply can’t be missed.
Maria, Josh, and their two children Caleb and Maxwell (who serve as excellent taste testers!) currently reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. When not whipping up delicious recipes in the kitchen, Maria and her family enjoy watching sports, hiking, traveling, reading watching movies, and more! Catch up and learn more from a conversation with Maria from Two Peas & Their Pod.
What message do you try to share with your readers/audience?
Cooking and baking doesn't have to be complicated. We share easy, approachable recipes that are family-friendly and delicious! Food brings people together!
What is your favorite thing about your work? What is your least favorite thing?
I love seeing people make our recipes in their own homes. My least favorite? Dishes...ha!
What inspires your recipes? What is your process for recipe development?
I get inspiration from travel, dining out, farmers markets, friends, family, etc.
What is currently your favorite recipe?
I LOVE cookies!! It is too hard to pick a favorite, but the banana oatmeal cream pies with brown butter cream cheese filling in my new cookbook are INCREDIBLE!
What part of cooking or baking is your favorite?
I love dreaming up recipes and seeing them come to life! Taste testing is always fun, and I love sharing my recipes. It is always fun watching someone take their first bite.
Are you seeing any food trends or more requests for certain kinds of recipes?
You have a great social media presence. How has social media helped or influenced your business?
It has definitely helped. I love our community! It is fun being able to connect with followers, answer questions, and see photos of the recipes they are making.
What is the most memorable thing you have experienced in your career so far?
Publishing two cookbooks, attending the Golden Globes, and doing a cooking segment on the TODAY show have all been pinch-me moments.
You recently released a new cookbook. Tell us a little about that and why you decided to create a new cookbook all about cookies.
Let's Eat Cookies is my new cookie cookbook! I am the ultimate cookie monster. I love everything about cookies...creating recipes, baking, eating, and sharing! Cookies are always a good idea. Fun to make and fun to share! There are so many different varieties. My new cookbook has cookies for every occasion!
Do you have any tips for others who are wanting to become better or more adventurous cooks?
Just start cooking! Pick out a few recipes and get in the kitchen.
What is one thing you wish you knew more about when it comes to agriculture and those who grow our food?
I grew up in Illinois and my dad is an agricultural economist. I now live in Salt Lake City with gorgeous mountains, but I miss the corn and soybean fields. We try to support local farmers when we can! We love visiting local farmers markets. We also have our own garden and fruit trees.
Explore delicious recipes and check out Maria’s newest cookbook, Let’s Eat Cookies at twopeasandtheirpod.com. You can also follow Maria on Facebook, Instagram, X, and Pinterest at @twopeasandpod. As Maria says, her kitchen is always open!
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