When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I really got into cooking after I graduated college and was living alone for the first time ever. I watched Cooking Live with Sara Moulton every night on the Food Network. The first recipe I tried was for my first ever dinner party, it was from Bon Appetit, Roasted Spiced Pork Loin with Root Vegetables.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is small, but sufficient. In our prior home, we used to have two ovens, it is what I miss the most when cooking, especially when I am preparing a meal for a large group. I usually take all my ingredients out before I begin and I make my best effort to clean up as I go, I hate having to clean up a huge mess after cooking.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Practice is the most important aspect of cooking. It is always good to challenge yourself. I was fearful of yeast for the longest time, but once I tried it, I realized there was no need to be.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I would invite my close girlfriends and prepare a seafood-centric meal, something that really reflects the city of Houston. Fresh seafood prepared with TexMex and Vietnamese influences.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I cross stitch. I enjoy travel, my goal is to visit all 7 continents (two to go!)
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?