I first got into cooking when I was about 13 years old. I remember very vividly the first recipe I tried; it was my mother's recipe for Potatoes au Gratin and it was SORT of a disaster, but it still came out pretty good.
My kitchen isn't very big and my work area is kind of limited, but I do make the most of what I have. As far as keeping organized when cooking, I find that returning things immediately after using them keeps away the clutter. Also, I never let the sink pile up with dishes. While something is baking or cooking, I'll always wash any utensils or bowls that I've used.
I think the best tip I could give someone wanting to become a better cook is don't be afraid to fail. Cooking is all about trial and error. You just get back up and you try again until you get it right, that's how all the great chefs have done it!
Definitely Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman, Angie Dudley aka Bakerella, and Jessica Segarra aka The Novice Chef. Oh, and I can't forget Lauren of Lauren's Latest. They are my basically my favorite food bloggers of all time, and I'd totally be fangirling if I met them in real life. I would honestly have NO idea what to make them because really, how could I impress THEM! But I think I would go with Italian food because you can't go wrong with carbs :)
Well, first and foremost, I love photography. I have never taken any classes for it, but I think I've learned a lot just from food blogging, as I have to stage and style all of the food I make for each post. I also love reading and writing, and everything technology, especially graphic design.
I'm very honored to have been selected as a Cooking Superstar. I hope you all enjoy my recipes and don't forget to check out my blog--there's something there for everyone! :)