Staff Profile: The Second-String Cook

“All I have to do is cook on the weekend … yet I still find excuses not to.” - Stephen Bohlinger: Age 47, Vice President/Publisher, Westfield, N.J.

Cooking Light Staffer Stephen Bohlinger

Stephen Bohlinger: The Second-String Cook


When Steve first started at Cooking Light in 1991, his wife, Debbie, teased, “You don’t even know how to turn on a stove.” Over the years, his repertoire has expanded (he’s an accomplished baker), but his long commute still places the family-of-five’s food duties squarely on Debbie’ s shoulders. “My wife is a saint. But by the time the weekend comes around, she’s pretty spent,” says Steve, who admits to a heavy reliance on takeout. “If I could cook a few meals on the weekend and one that we could freeze so she could have a day off during the week, that would be fantastic.”


Like many households, the Bohlinger home has two potential cooks, one of them underemployed; encouraging Steve to cook more is a way to meet this month’s goal. Steve knows his way around the kitchen; he’s just gotten a little stale. With a new arsenal of go-to techniques and some recipe inspiration, he can be a weekend cooking warrior.

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