When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
My Aunt Maryellen was an amazing baker. Every holiday or birthday she would bake cookies, cakes and treats for my family. At Christmas time, I always got to help her bake and frost sugar cookies. Ironically, she was diabetic. So, while she BAKED all this wonderful stuff, she never got to eat any of it.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen isn't fancy. At all. In fact, it's the one room in our house we desperately want to make-over, but haven't found the time or money to do it. I'm a complete neat freak, so I spend way too much time cleaning, even while I bake. It's a vicious cycle, really.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
I'm not a great cook or a great baker. But what I am, is curious and creative. I'm also not afraid to try. Or fail. Cooking and baking are all about experimenting.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
Martha Stewart, Harry Connick Jr., David Sedaris, Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld and my husband. I would skip dinner and only serve wine & dessert. I would make a specific, themed dessert treat for each of them, based on their personalities.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I often design crazy, fun, funky, modern projects for my amazing, woodworker-husband to build - furniture, backyard rocketships, book shelves, children's toys, etc. I also create unique, custom invitations and announcements for friends and family when I have the time.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple. I'm also a recipe blogger for SheKnows.com.