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Natasha Bull
Office worker

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

I grew up watching my mom in the kitchen. The first recipe I remember attempting was one I created - a horrible rice dish with way too much vinegar. My family still won't let me live it down.

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

For the first time in my life I finally have a decent sized kitchen. I try to stay organized by keeping it clutter-free and only owning things that I really need. I am not one of those clean as I go types, however, so it looks like a bomb went off while I am cooking!

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

Start with simple recipes to build your confidence. Make dishes that turn out well a few times so you know them by heart and they become your specialties. Don't get discouraged if a dish fails, it happens to everyone. The salmon tacos recipe I developed last week failed miserably. Like anything else, practice makes perfect.

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

I would invite Steve Jobs as he has fascinated me for years. I've heard that his eating habits were quite unique so I would speak with his assistant ahead of time to ensure what I was making would appeal to him.

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

I am not a very crafty person, unfortunately. Does putting glitter glue and stickers on everything count? My blog takes up a lot of my free time, and I am always trying to improve my photography. I love to watch my favorite sports (in person when I can) - NHL hockey, NASCAR, and NFL football.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

I read a LOT of food blogs. Drizzle and Dip stands out for the amazing photography. Well Plated is another favorite because I enjoy the writing as much as the recipes.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks for featuring me!

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