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Connie Zhou
Vancouver, BC

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

Alright, I should come clean and admit that I'm no cook. I'm the kind of person consistently burns her toast! I am, however, a baker and I can do that role alright. Home Ec class was my first exposure to any level of baking so I first started baking when I was 13. The first recipe I tried to do on my own was a standard chocolate chip cookie. They were so hard and tasted so terrible that I just threw them straight into the garbage.

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

Unfortunately I still live at home and I'm not the primary cook, so I have to share my kitchen with my parents. They get the main kitchen and all the cupboards are organized and filled with what they want. I get half of a small wok kitchen for storage but I bake in the main kitchen. In terms of organization, I think the terms "organized chaos" and "pleasantly messy" describe my situation perfectly!

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

Like any other skill in life... keep practicing and experimenting. Oh and follow your tastebuds.

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

All of the fellow food bloggers that I've connected with over social media but have yet to meet in person. I would make a dessert bar and serve the top 5 recipes on my website, including ferrero rocher cake and homemade pocky.

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

I love travelling, hiking and camping. Basically activities that bring me out of my usual routine.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Smitten Kitchen
Joy the Baker
Pastry Affair
Annie's Eats
Pinch Of Yum

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Oh this is tough. Off the top of my head, acoustic rock: Augustana/Daughtry, country: Lady Antebellum
Bagan, Myanmar
Bride Wars ... because friendship
Cook Book
From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
Thai, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese... basically all cuisines
Kitchen Gadget
my KitchenAid mixer