Apartmentcooker is a recent graduate of the CIA -- the famed culinary school in Hyde Park, NY, not that other one. Since graduation, she's been writing a terrific blog about adapting the aspirational cuisine of the CIA to her first apartment kitchen and a tight budget, which she does swimmingly. Her recipes on food52 tend toward simple comfort foods with smart, modern flair -- like her winning Sweet Potato Gratins with Creme Fraiche, Onions, and Bacon and her Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions -- but she's also adept at turning takeout standards into approachable at-home recipes (see her Garlic Cilantro Naan and Curried Chicken Soup). We're big fans. See apartmentcooker's profile page and fan her here.
Read her profile Q&A below:
- What do you cook when home alone?
Anything and everything I can think of.
- Your most treasured kitchen possession:
My first set of pots and my santoku knife
- Your ideal meal:
Something fresh from the farmer's market or garden. With butter on top.
- Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
I'd like to taste and have access to more spices...sometimes I feel I'm stuck using the same few, and I love looking at a tantilizingly full spice cabinet!
- The number of bottles of wine you own:
Since I'm poor, I'm a one at a time kind of gal. Two at a time if it's been a really hard day.
- The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
The more the merrier!
- Your favorite cookbook:
All of them.