Cooking Superstar

Chez Cayenne

Cook along with Claire from Chez Cayenne

Houston, Texas?

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

One of my earliest memories was helping my mom put cinnamon red-hots on the noses of reindeer cookies at Christmas when I was three. I was thrilled that we could make a whole tray of Rudolphs. One of the earliest recipes I made was chocolate chip cookies. Later in middle school, I loved to make pizza.

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

I have a great kitchen. It’s not too big and not too small and it has a great work triangle. It’s open to the dining room so people can visit with me while I cook. My laptop helps me keep organized. I can use it to refer to recipes and make notes when I’m feeling creative.

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

Buy a great knife. Don’t be afraid to turn up the heat on the cooktop and don’t be afraid of using spices. Follow the recipe at first, but experiment just a tiny bit each time you cook.

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

I would love to have my entire family visit from all over the country the weather was lovely. I’d cook out on the grill for them. One of my favorite things to grill is corn and quesadillas, with homemade guacamole to go with the quesadillas. I’d also make brownies. It’s a simple meal, but everyone likes it.

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

I make candles and sew. I garden some, although I’m not great at it! I also do a lot of home improvement projects.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks for inviting me to be a Cooking Superstar! I’ve had fun putting this together. I’m looking forward to posting some of my craft projects on the site, too.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Mad Men
Silversun Pickups
Washington, D.C.
Spirited Away
Cook Book
Anything by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Mexican, Indian, Italian
chilies of all kinds
Kitchen Gadget
my lemon/lime squeezer