Cooking Superstar

Culinary Couture

Get creative in the kitchen with Mimi from Culinary Couture!

New Jersey
Stay at Home Daughter

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

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.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

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.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

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!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

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 :)

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

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.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

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! :)

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Grey's Anatomy
New York
Off the top of my head,"The Orphan", but my 'favorite' is always changing.
Cook Book
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Middle-Eastern, Italian, Mediterranean
Chocolate is NUMBER ONE; basil and cinnamon as far as spices go.
Kitchen Gadget
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer