When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I grew up in an Italian household so food has always been a big part of my life. I think the first recipe my family let me make though was probably cookies. I did more baking than cooking when I was younger.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is nice, but small, which makes it difficult to keep everything put away and my counters can get easily cluttered while I am cooking. I try to clean up as I cook to keep things out of the way. I also like to do as much prep as possible before I start cooking and that also helps me get some things out of the way (bowls, cutting boards, etc.) before I actually start cooking.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Start out easy and use fresh ingredients! My favorite recipes typically don't require a ton of complicated steps and using fresh and high quality ingredients can make a world of difference in how a recipe turns out.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
This is really tough. I think I would invite Michelle Bernstein, Giada de Laurentis, Ina Garten, and Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman). I would love to be surrounded by other people who are as passionate about food and cooking as I am! I think I would make homemade manicotti and creme brulee for dessert. Oh, and of course there would also be lots of wine!
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I like to do the occasional craft, but between blogging and my full-time job, I don't have a lot of free time. My favorite thing to do on a Friday night is to get take out, pour myself a big glass of wine, get into p.j.s, and watch Netflix with my husband!
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks so much for featuring me! :)