Cooking Superstar

Steph Chows

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Steph S. AKA Steph Chows
Rochester, NY
graphic design and marketing lady

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

I grew up in a household where my Mom, Dad, and Nana all cooked, so it was easy to get involved. My two first cooking memories that come to mind are my Nana teaching me how to properly cook a scrambled egg, and my Dad teaching me how to make pizza dough. Then when I was a bit older it was Mom teaching me how to make the family ravioli filling recipe, and my Dad and I stretching the dough out by hand.

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

I am very lucky to have a huge kitchen with tons of storage. It's not the most modern or in style place, but it's big and functional. I have cabinets for different activities. So there is a set on one side with a bunch of counter space under it that house all of my flours/sugars/nuts/baking paraphernalia. Another set of cabinets keep all of my cooking pantry staples, and then another houses more of the bulk/less frequently used items.

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

Keep trying and experimenting. If you don't have someone who knows how to cook, read and learn. Get a cook book or find a good blog and just try things out. As you get better, try more complicated things. In the end everyone has mistakes, have fun with them and don't get discouraged.

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

I'm not one for glits and glam, I'm invite my friends over for a good old fashion back yard BBQ with burgers, dogs, healthed up potato salad, fiesta dip, and of course a copious amount of desserts.

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

I love to crochet, and I attempt to sew (not as good at that one). You'll find all sorts of refashioning attempts on the blog as well here. As for other hobbies, I shoot archery (targets, not animals), I like to ski/snow shoe, I'm into working out, and I play ultimate frisbee!

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Hmm I think I've probably rambled on enough already :)

Steph S. AKA Steph Chows
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(Muffins, cookies, vegan, gluten free, healthy)

What's your favorite...

TV Show
Person of Interest
Metallica (yup I'm old school)
Rochester, it's why I live here :) so many things to do, plus I don't mind the snow ;)
I watch Stick It every time I see it on TV, it's ridiculous and I can't believe I'm admitting this.
Cook Book
The Carblovers Diet Cookbook
Thai, Ethiopian, Japanese, Italian
Coconut, I put it in way too many things - granola, muffins, cookies, ice cream...
Kitchen Gadget
My kitchen aid food processor- I use it ALL THE TIME. Shredded veggies, hummus, oats-to make oat flour.