When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I don't remember a time when I didn't cook. The first meal that I remember cooking was an anniversary dinner for my parents. My sister and I served Progresso minestrone soup over pasta and thought that we were very elegant. We even created a menu. Luckily, my cooking skills have improved since then.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is the size of a shoe box, and bright yellow filled with every brightly colored linens and gadgets that I can find. I depend on brightly colored tubs to keep all of my gadgets, bags of random grains and toddler snacks organized.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Slow down! My cooking improved dramatically when I finally slowed down and waited for food to brown properly. It makes all the difference. And use salt!
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
Michelle Obama, Yotam Ottolenghi, Jon Stewart and Mindy Kaling. I would make Julia Child's Beouf Bourguignon because it always turns out well. I want to enjoy my company rather than worrying about how dinner will turn out.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
My focus these days has been creating dress-up outfits for my daughter. I am not a talented crafter, but she loves my creations.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Everybody loves SmittenKitchen, of course. I'm currently loving SweetPhi, because she is writing about her experiences with Whole30. I also love Cookie and Kate for healthy recipes and beautiful photography.