Cooking Superstar

Lulu the Baker

Cook along with Melissa aka Lulu the Baker

Melissa Bahen
Full-time Mom, free-time blogger

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

I've been cooking my whole life. When we were little, my cousin and I dreamed of starting a catering company together someday. We spent a summer exchanging recipes in preparation. I'm not 100% sure what the first recipe I tried was, but I have always been obsessed with cornbread, so that's a pretty good guess!

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

My kitchen is way too small! Someday I'll have a big kitchen with plenty of counter space and plenty of storage. In the meantime, if I can start with a clean kitchen, it makes a world of difference. I also try to do the whole mise en place thing. I get as much prepped ahead of time as I can, and that cuts down on the chaos.

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

To practice, practice, practice. And to follow the directions. It always makes me laugh when I read comments on recipes where people say, "This didn't turn out at all, and I followed the directions to a T. Except I changed...." and then they list a million changes. And they wonder why it was terrible.

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

This will sound so lame, and like a total cop-out, but I'd invite my family and close friends. That'd be a great dinner party. And I'd probably make tacos, rice, and beans. The past 4 times we've had people over for dinner, that's what I've made. Totally not on purpose! It's like my default setting.

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

I love to make things. Soap, halloween costumes, holiday decorations, floral centerpieces, earrings...I'm a maker. Makers gonna make.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks for having me!

Melissa Bahen
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What's your favorite...

TV Show
This is so hard! I love The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. They seriously never disappoint!
I'm so bad at staying current with music. I used to be hip, I swear. I'm going to date myself and say Weezer, specifically "Pinkerton" Weezer. I never get tired of listening to that album.
Monterey, CA
About A Boy
Cook Book
The Barefoot Contessa Back To Basics
butter, citrus, chocolate
Kitchen Gadget
my apple peeler-corer-slicer