Get to Know Tuesdays – Kristin of Hapa Homecooking

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
Fed & Fit
Fed & Fit

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Welcome to our “Get to Know” series! Each Tuesday (for the next year), we’re going to introduce you to a creator in the wellness space that we think you NEED to know. The creators we feature are of various backgrounds. Whether they’re an online content creator, coach, or owner of a product-based brand, they each have their own niche in the wellness world and contribute to the space, as a whole, in an incredibly meaningful way. We’re setting this up Q&A-style so that you can learn more about each creator’s why, the content that they’re most proud of, and exactly how you can be a part of and contribute to their journey. We hope you enjoy our conversations with these wonderful people and brands. We know they’re going to enrich your lives!

This week, we’re interviewing Kristin of Hapa Homecooking. Kristin said that she “love[s] to feed others and help everyone reach their potential in the kitchen!” Follow along as we learn more about Kristin:

Why did you start your business?

Kristin: I initially started recording demos of my cooking and posting recipes after I had a skiing accident and was recovering from knee surgery. I received great feedback from friends and family, so I thought I'd give it a go to start a separate platform for my food. Little did I know that there would be such a great response having only launched a year ago!

What’s your mission/purpose statement?

Kristin: My mission is to help everyone reach their potential and find joy in their kitchen. Whether that looks like simple 30-minute meals, semi-homemade desserts to making sourdough or kimchi from scratch. I try to develop recipes that will work for cooks of all different levels. I also have a philanthropic component to my platform. I volunteer with Gigi's Playhouse to teach cooking classes for individuals with Down's Syndrome and regularly host cooking classes for nonprofits to support their work. As a nurse, helping others has always been at the core of who I am. So whenever I have the opportunity to combine my passion for cooking with volunteerism, I seize it!

What 2 (or 3!) pieces of content are you the proudest of?

Kristin: First off, I would have to say my recipe for at-home Crunchwraps has been my most recreated recipe! I love seeing how everyone has put their special spin on them. I've also recently started baking sourdough and I'm so proud of how much I've learned. I always bring my community along with me when trying something new. We work through the “fails” together and I hope it encourages people to try new things!

Where are you going next? What’s your goal for the next year?

Kristin: My short term goal is to make this holiday season as easy as possible. To provide recipe inspiration, tips about time management, and how to use all of those leftovers! I'm also launching some really great cause-based gift guides that focus on fair trade and shopping for a purpose. Next year, I want to continue to build content on my recently launched blog and take some food photography courses!

How can we (and the Fed and Fit community) best support you?

Kristin: The best way to get the full Hapa Homecooking experience is to follow me on Instagram @hapahomecooking, my DMs are always open! I also have a newsletter you can subscribe to on my blog at www.hapahomecooking.com. I send a monthly round up of recipes and posts to the blog. Thanks so much for reading about my little corner of the internet! xo Kristin

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