When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
The first recipe I tried was a strawberry salad that had about three ingredients. Still, that salad completely opened my eyes to the world of food. I've only been cooking for about a year, but I'm kind of like the kid who wakes up one day and realizes he's got magical powers - I'm obsessed with my discovery and always eager to learn more and more.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
Keep organized while cooking? Haha...no. When I cook, I pretty much destroy my kitchen. It looks like I panic every time and just start throwing ingredients around. It's a mess, but I'm a good cleaner.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Rule #1: Don't be afraid to try out-of-the-box recipes. I used to be really afraid of stepping out of the "norm," but once I did I discovered some of my favorite dishes. You think ketchup sounds good in soup? Bacon sounds good on ice cream? Go for it.
Rule #2: Even if it tastes horrible, DO NOT apologize. Never apologize for anything that comes out of your kitchen.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I'd invite Emma Watson because I've had a huge crush on her since forever. Assuming I'm not too nervous to function, I'd smoke some ribs on our smoker and serve it with my favorite grilled Mexican street corn.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I write fantasy books on the side and really enjoy working out.