When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I think I was trying to impress my boyfriend (guess it worked, because now he’s my husband). That first dish I cooked for him was an orecchiette in cream sauce with peas and pancetta. In the process, I realized how much I absolutely loved cooking. I started the blog a few years later.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
I don’t. When I’m cooking, my kitchen looks like a war zone, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Fortunately, I’ve got a big kitchen with lots of counter space, so there’s plenty of room to make a mess. The only thing missing is another oven and a giant pantry
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Get creative. Cooking is all about finding the flavor and texture combinations that work together and then playing around with them in new and interesting ways (that’s why I love The Flavor Bible). I think some of the best cooks are also highly creative people—photographers, painters, musicians, writers, etc., so anything to get your creative juices flowing will help get you in the right mindset.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
Cooking for Presidents (the Obamas and the Clintons!) would be amazing—I’d make pork carnitas, squash and goat cheese tamales, black bean tostadas with fresh guacamole, and red snapper ceviche. And of course a cocktail fit for a Commander in Chief: fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, agave syrup, Tres Generaciones tequila and a splash of club soda.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I’m a little obsessed with Pinterest-induced craft projects. I’ve made everything from concrete planters to jewelry. In addition to crafting, I love photography. And, even though I do it for work, I still consider writing a hobby.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
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