When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I've cooked since I was a little girl, mostly with my sister who is almost nine years older. I remember peering over the counter, watching her make snickerdoodles.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is large and I have a good amount of counter space. Still, it's easy for things to become cluttered especially when I am in a hurry. So, I always do my best to clean as I go. Even if I put a few spoons in the dishwasher or put one ingredient back into the pantry, that's one less thing to clean up at the end.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Go to the farmer's market. Ask questions and get to know the people who produce your food. Use what's local and get the best produce that you can. This will inspire you as a cook.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
First thing that comes to mind: Sasha and Malia Obama! This thought actually surprised me, but I've been hearing lately about what amazing young women they are. I'd love for us to work on the meal together and chat while we're doing it. I'd want to do something fun like make spring rolls, dumplings or sushi.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I'm always working on my photography skills. I usually have some kind of fermentation project going too. I also like to garden and occasionally, I'll sew, but only if it involves mostly straight lines.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Orangette, Papaya Pieces, My New Roots, Beyond Sweet and Savory, 101cookbooks, Sprouted Kitchen, Not Without Salt.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?