When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I've been helping in the kitchen since I was a little one. The first things I cooked on my own were scrambled eggs and pan-fried ramen noodles with sesame oil -- but the first recipe I ever cooked from was a Southwestern chicken casserole thing from a Rot-Tel Tomatoes ad in Cooking Light magazine when I was 12.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is, in a word, tiny! But we've made the most of it with lots of open storage (hello, Ikea...) that keeps frequently used items ready at hand -- and the crowning jewel is a completely charming 1050's Wedgewood stove that heats up super quickly and cooks evenly. Cleaning up as you go is always a good rule of thumb!
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Watch the Food Network and devour the many available online resources out there, like The Kitchn, which has a great How-To section. Spend time cooking with people you admire and watch them work. Ask questions. Own a couple of good, sharp knives and know how to use them.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
My family! All of 'em -- especially my mom's parents, who I never had the chance to cook for before they passed. I'd probably do easy family fare: a hearty pasta or a platter of roast chicken and sausages; a massive green salad with fruit, nuts and candied bacon; and a heap of roasted veggies. Red wine all around! Pie and ice cream for dessert! And maybe a couple of potato chips to wash that all down.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I love crafts and completely become immersed in a project once I've started something, but I don't make much time for them. I guess I'd rather be EATING, reading, writing, social media-ing, attempting yoga or running (I mean, I'd never rather run, but I suppose it is a hobby...)
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Right this minute, I love everything Grace makes at Earth Feast; Billy at Wit and Vinegar; Gina at So...Let's Hang Out. And Crystal at Apples & Sparkle makes too much good stuff! There are too many talents to name!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks so much for featuring me this week -- CHEERS! <3