When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
When I was very young I remember loving egg noodles. I also loved tuna. One day my mom and I put the two together and one of my favorite dishes, tuna & noodles, was born. When I got a little older I started building caprese salads and eating the tomato, mozarella and basil one at a time.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen is not very big at all. It's build on a corner with a small island overlooking our living room. In a small kitchen it's important to stay organized so you have plenty of space for cooking, cleaning and photogrphing your steps. I try to clean up after each step in a recipe. If I'm done with the pepper I put it back in the pantry. If I'm done with the knife I put it in the dishwasher. It makes the final clean up that much easier!
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Although all of my recipes on Yumology have things measured out carefully, I honestly don't use my measuring cups very much. A friend of mine who went to culinary school said the first thing they taught them was to learn to measure by instinct. This is much harder to do when baking, but if you're building a salad or savory dish experiment a little bit and go with your gut.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
My family is spread across the globe so any time I can get all of them together for some home-cooked New Mexican food it's my ideal dinner party.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
Gosh, I wish I were more crafty, especially when it comes to home projects. It's a new year resolution of mine to get better. I'd really love to learn how to reapholster my own furniture so if anyone has any tips please send them my way! Other hobbies of mine include yoga, running, golf, skiing and travel. We love to explore new places any chance we get.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you so much for inviting me to join the Cut Out + Keep community. I hope you will all explore, enjoy and share Yumology with your friends and family. We love making delicious new friends. xoxo