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Pink Patisserie

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Maria Nelson
Seattle, WA
Blogger, Food Photographer

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

I first started baking/cooking around 8 years of age, my first recipe, an Austrian pancake called Kaisershmarrn. Sounds fancy, but really, it isn't just a pancake like dish with dried fruit and powdered sugar served on top. My dad was famous in our family for making cinnamon rolls so those would have to be one of the first things I made in the kitchen as well.

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

My kitchen is overflowing with gadgets, serving plates, pans and props for my blog. It's organized chaos really! I am a firm believer in cleaning as you cook. There is nothing more frustrating than staring down a big pile of dirty dishes after you've slaved away for hours in the kitchen.

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

I don't think there is a right way or a wrong way to start cooking. Just get in and get educated about it, and start cooking. Experience is really the best teacher! There are so many great cookbooks and how to videos available now for people, it's fantastic!

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

Oh my goodness, how to decide? Jacques Pepin, Mark Twain, Annie Liebovitz, Jimmy Kimmel and Jane Austen. I'd serve, salmon blini's with bourbon cocktails, a big beef roast with popovers, roasted root vegetables and a towering mixed fruit Pavlova for dessert.

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

When I get the chance I love to embroider on a small scale, napkins especially. I really long to be a knitter, but I'm abysmal at it. Other hobbies? Reading, reading and reading and some gardening.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Homeland, Elementary
Lavender Diamond, Bon Iver
Anything by the Cohen Brothers
Cook Book
Plenty by Ottolenghi
Nordic, Italian
Cardamom and Caraway
Kitchen Gadget
Kitchen Aid Mixer