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Member Spotlight - December 2022


Favorite Quote

"Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it's too assertive to the naked eye." -Gordon Ramsay


I am Kelsi Ham, F & B supervisor at the Tulalip Casino.

I was born and raised right here in the PNW. I graduated from Everett High School and after a few different majors in college decided to follow my passion and go to Culinary School. I graduated from Skagit Valley College in 2021 and then decided to go for my bachelor’s in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at Johnson and Wales University online. I have a four-year-old and we have one on the way while also beginning the planning stages of opening my own restaurant business. I have been in the industry for about 10 years now.

View her favorite recipe below…

Favorite Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

I have many favorite recipes, but most are family recipes that are not written down, nor complete. Here is a recipe I have made many many times; this is a household favorite and gone before I am done frosting.

Recipe Link

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk or cream, as needed
  • Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

Frosting Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter.
  2. Then add in powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  3. Add in vanilla and milk as needed until desired consistency is met.
  4. Beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Then pipe the frosting onto the cooled cookies and add a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cookies Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Cookies Directions:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix until a firm dough forms.
  4. Chill 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  6. Roll the dough into one-inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten each ball slightly with your hand or with a drinking glass to be about 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick.
  7. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until the bottom edges are just slightly golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool before frosting.