When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
When I was young, a friend and I tried baking cookies with no recipe, just mixing butter, eggs, flour, and sugar... the result was pretty bad. But I eventually learned some tricks from my mom, who is a great cook. Then, as Natalie and I have learned more about health and nutrition, we began caring more about ingredients and quality, which led us to cooking at home a ton.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
Our kitchen is fairly big, considering our apartment is pretty small. We try to keep things neat as we go about a recipe, cleaning along the way. Pots and pans, hang above the stove for easy access.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Start simple is my first tip. It's so easy to get overwhelmed in the kitchen, especially if you didn't grow up cooking. Another tip would be to try the same recipe multiple times. If you can find 5 recipes you love and get good at them, you've probably made it further along than most people.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Alice Waters, Dr. David Perlmutter. I'd cook braised pork shoulder with some toppings to make tacos.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
Nat and I love to be outdoors - surfing, hiking, walking. We started gardening a bit this year, which is pretty fascinating. Besides that, I like to read about health.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Green Kitchen Stories, Sprouted Kitchen, Faring Well. We like blogs that focus on vegetables. Even though we eat meat and eggs, veggies are often what's missing from people's meals.