Cooking Superstar

The Friendly Fig

Cook along with #CookingSuperstar Bianca from The Friendly Fig

New England
Copywriter and Blogger

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

I grew up in an Italian household, so I have been cooking ever since I can remember. The first recipe I ever made was probably a cake recipe with my grandmother. All the women in my family are amazing cooks, and I aspired to be just like them!

Now, I cook primarily vegan (with the exception of organic honey). I've been vegan for over 3 years, and I have my mother to thank for that. She's been vegan for almost 10 years! She definitely inspired me to take a look at what I was putting into my body and to take a look at the factory farming/animal agriculture industry. I'll never look back - it's the healthiest and happiest I've ever been!

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

It's bright and (for the most part) tidy. It's not a big kitchen, but it's enough space for me! I have a big window over my sink that lets the light in. It's my favorite room in the house.

I try to keep organized by putting ingredients away and cleaning as I go through a recipe. I can't let things sit out once I use them!

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

Find a style that you are passionate about - whether that is Italian, Mexican, Thai, or vegan/vegetarian. For me, it was a plant-based lifestyle that ultimately led me to love cooking more than anything. Don't be afraid to try new ingredients - YouTube is your friend if you are unsure how to work with an ingredient! I used to buy a new fruit or vegetable each week to learn to appreciate them all.

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

This is a tough one! I'd probably invite Ellen Degeneres because she is a vegan, and I just love her so much. She's kind, compassionate, and hilarious. She's everything I love in a person!

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

Aside from blogging, cooking, and baking, I love scrapbooking, photography, and painting. I also love farmer's markets! In the summer, my husband and I try to go as often as possible.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

I read a ton of other blogs. My favorites are: In My Bowl, Ohdeardrea, Thug Kitchen, and A Beautiful Mess.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
The Office
Can I just say Disney World? ;)
Star Wars
Cook Book
Thug Kitchen
Mexican and Thai
Avocado, cashews (made into cheese), beans, dark chocolate, and all the fresh vegetables and fruit
Kitchen Gadget
Spiralizer for zoodles and blender