When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
My first job was in a bakery in college. Business was slow, so I had ample time to flip through cookbooks and try my hand at making treats for the pastry case. From there, I fell in love with baking, and eventually gained confidence as a home cook and started experimenting with savory dishes.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
Two trusty large dogs are at my feet at all times - a Golden Retriever named Watson and a Labrador named Scout. So it's crowded. Besides that, it is a cozy space with a large kitchen island in the middle that has space beneath to hide kitchen gadgets, pots, pans, etc... The stove top never seems to be clean, and I think I've seen the sink free of piles of dishes maybe once. But it's my favorite room in the house.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Try enjoying the cooking process. Find recipes that inspire you and excite you, then savor your time making it in the kitchen. My favorite evenings are spent in the kitchen with my husband nearby chatting with me, a glass of wine on the counter, and Netflix playing in the background. What winds up on the dinner table always tastes abundantly better if I enjoyed the experience of creating it, and it draws me back into the kitchen time and time again.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I'd love to say I'd invite a posse of the world's finest culinary minds, but I'd psych myself out and obsess for days over what I'd cook. Instead, I'd prefer a handful of our closest friends. I'd love to cook something unique and challenging, like an array of Indian dishes and sides that range in flavor and spice. Something sure to make them remember the evening.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I love gardening and can't wait for the Spring so we can replant tomatoes, peppers, okra, and all the herbs we can find. Besides that, Netflx and hot baths count as a hobby, right?
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
I enjoy clicking through new ones each week, but my mainstays are Girl Versus Dough, Smitten Kitchen, The Sugar Hit, Local Milk, Joy the Baker, and White on Rice Couple, to name a few.