When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I grew up watching my mom cook and helping her in the kitchen, breading pork chops or making salads. I also remember really wanting an Easy Bake Oven and her telling me to just use the real one, and from there I was off! I can't remember the first recipe that I tried...it was so long ago, but I really started cooking on my own when I started grad school. Every day I'd come home from class and watch Rachel Ray for an hour, and it was through her that I really started trying recipes and experimenting.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is so small! With limited counter and storage space, it's hard to stay organized, but my biggest tip is to wash dishes as you go to avoid clutter. I also keep my garbage can right next to me so that I can chop and drop, and have not have stuff around me that I don't need.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
HAVE FUN! Also, watch others cook, or HELP others cook. Don't be embarrassed to watch cooking shows. Find one that speaks to you and pay attention. It's a learned skill like any other.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I love brunch, so I'd definitely pick that meal to make. I'd probably make a quiche- either bacon, spinach and goat cheese or caramelized onion with some Gruyere along side some homemade sausage patties and some sort of sweet bread, either pumpkin or orange. I'd invite Jennifer Lawrence and Mindy Kaling along with my other best girl friends because I'm pretty sure we'd just laugh the whole time. Laughter + food = the best.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I'm really into sports/health and fitness. I play beach volleyball during the summer and tennis any time I can and do yoga all year. I also like to travel, anytime and anywhere, and that's where all of my money goes!
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
It's hard because my Bloglovin' feed is pretty extensive, but I really like Edible Perspective, Brown Eyed Baker, Ambition Kitchen and Smitten Kitchen.,
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Remember that cooking shouldn't be daunting or hard. Take one step at a time, and always, ALWAYS, have your favorite music on in the background.