When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
My mother is a fantastic cook and I learned everything I know from her. I don't remember how old I was when I started cooking, but it was young. One of the first recipes I ever made (and it's still in my repertoire today) is a Walnut Crumb Berry Pie. It's evolved a little since childhood, but the idea is still the same.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
Let's just put it this way: my husband usually follows me around the kitchen and asks me if I'm done using something so he can stay on top of the dirty dishes load.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Start with following recipes. Find some you love, play with them and make your own version. Then keep trying new and more complex recipes until you feel comfortable with making your own. It's a learning process that comes gradually.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I'd invite my friends and family and I'd make them whatever was percolating in my brain that month. That tends to be how I cook - I get ideas and then mull over them until they come to fruition.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I knit, sew, rework furniture and generally try to stay creative.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
101 Cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen, Food52, Sprouted Kitchen