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Lauren Foster
Greenville, SC
Nutritionist and Blogger

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

My interest in cooking started in high school. I remember trying to make a Rachel Ray recipe for Pasta Pizza. It was pasta cooked in a pan with eggs and you would cut it up and eat it like a pizza. It wasn't necessarily a success on my part, but it was still edible.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

My kitchen is small. I tend to just make really big messes and just embrace it. I do try to put ingredients away as I go and clean up along the way, but I typically will just have a big mess to clean after any recipe.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

Practice, practice, practice. The more you cook, the more you start to understand what ingredients are necessary for each recipe and what flavors go together. It also helps to study up and read the science behind baking or read about the best flavor combinations in a cook book.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

I would invite Mindy Kaling. I think she would be the funnest dinner guest. We'd laugh for hours, deep into the night, drink cocktails, and eat something really delicious, yet simple. Probably gourmet pizza or pasta.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I love to take pictures. That is definitely my hidden hobby. I wouldn't call myself a photographer, but I'm always learning and I love to take my camera with me wherever I go.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
The Mindy Project and Grey's Anatomy
Iron and Wine
New York City
Becoming Jane
Cook Book
A New Way to Cook, by Sally Schneider
Anything fresh - fruits and vegetables
Kitchen Gadget
Kitchen Aid Mixer