When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I was a kid (around 6-7 y.o), and my first recipe was either pancakes or crepes, or better say, something in between :) They were edible though.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
Well, the name of my blog is...Havoc In The Kitchen...do I need to say more? Indeed, I consider myself a pretty organized cook, but things happen. However, I can easily use up all available tableware while cooking even a simple dish. My husband jokes that I am that person who is capable of using 10 spoons and 7 bowls (And maybe something else!) while serving two bowls of ice cream.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Be creative and trust your intuition. Certainly, there are recipes you should follow instructions. But when it comes to a salad, soup, appetizer, or pasta - you don't even need precise measurements and guideline. Test, Taste, and Adjust!
Be open-minded. Try new ingredients and incorporate some unusual combinations (particularly, sweet&savory) in your cooking. The best way to start would be a salad, and then you can try a pizza or pasta. That will improve your creativity and palate.
Be inspired. Sometimes, while making a dish, you can come up with other ideas based on this recipe.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I would invite some book publishers as my dream is to publish a culinary book (or a couple), so I would try to impress them.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
Cooking, photographing, and blogging have monopolized all my free time (and sometimes more). I wish I were able to make a background or simple pottery props myself. Perhaps, I'll try this one day.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?