When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I first got into cooking in high school and used to spend hours reading over each Cooking Light magazine. Some of my first experiences in the kitchen were baking cookies with my grandma when I was young. To this day, I still love baking cookies.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is definitely nothing fancy! Since we have limited storage space in our kitchen, we try to keep only multipurpose cookware around. That seems to be the best way to keep clutter at bay! The most versatile piece is our cast iron enamel stock pot which is used for dinner almost every night. Also, canning jars have become one of my favorite ways to neatly store dried goods like beans, lentils, oats, nuts, and more.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Start with simple first. One of my favorite, fool-proof ways to cook veggies is to cut them into evenly sized pieces, toss in some oil, and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees until golden brown and tender. Oven roasted veggies are a great way for someone that is nervous about learning to cook to master a simple, tasty recipe!
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I would invite Joy the Baker and Tracy (Shutterbean)! I love both of their blogs and their podcast. If we met in real life at my dinner party, I feel like we would totally be BFFs. Dinner would include: a build your own taco bar, homemade margaritas, and some fancy ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I am a terrible do it yourself-er! I have fallen in love with food photography and cooking though as my blog has evolved. My other hobbies include drinking too much coffee and reading.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
There are so many! If I had to pick only a few:
- Joy the Baker
- Love and Lemons
- Oh My Veggies
- What Should I Eat For Breakfast