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Nazneen Hamilton
Broomfield, Colorado
Blogger/Food and Product Demo Chef

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

I always wanted to have dinner parties for my birthday and invite my closest friends around high school time. My mother would make the main meal but I would always make the dessert.
I had a huge party once while my parents were gone and cooked a huge Indian meal, complete with kebabs, rice salad!

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

My kitchen is tiny! When we moved to Colorado from Texas, we had no choice but to find a home to rent quickly and no chance to be fussy!
I have to keep it organised because it is so small.
Utensils in a drawer by the stove, all my baking tools in a drawer along with cake decorating stuff.
Since I am a coffee fanatic, I have a whole cabinet allocated to coffee and tea, and a whole area for my coffee machine, French press, Espresso machine, grinder and electric tea kettle!

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

Like anything, practice makes perfect.
The more you cook, the more you understand the processes and flavourings. Experiment with new ingredients.
It helps to Google ingredients that are new to you and after you make a recipe, you'll know how to use it in other applications.

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

Gordon Ramsey, Anthony Bourdain, Princess Diana, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Theodore Roosevelt, Gandhi, Mohd Ali Jinnah, Mother Theresa.
I would make them proper Indian food!

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

I'd like to think myself as artsy and someone who likes to do crafts! I do enjoy decorating, like for holidays and wrapping gifts decoratively. I like to set table scapes and throw dinner parties.
I entertain a lot, its like hobby to me!
One of my favourite things to do as a hobby is hike the many mountain trails we have here. We love to drive up into the mountains and to the National parks and enjoy a picnic.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

I have many blogger friends so I read many! Some of my favourite big sites are Food 52, The Kitchn, Serious Eats and The Daily Meal (I'm part of the The Daily Meal blogger network).
Some of my favourite blogs are Tartlette, 101 Cookbooks, David Lebovitz and Cherry Menlove

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