Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
Some of my fondest memories were spent with my Grandmother in her kitchen. Whether she was layering flaky phyllo for homemade baklava or peeling five pounds of potatoes for a single supper, she enjoyed cooking for the people she loved. She was never afraid to try something new (even the most intimidating of dishes) and these memories still inspire me every time I am thinking of a new recipe.
What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Hands down washing dishes! Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who, believe it or not, doesn’t loathe this task.
Your favorite kitchen tool?
Not to take a page out of Anthony Bourdain’s book, but “ONE good chef’s knife.”
What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I thought it would be a good idea to turn one of my favorite ingredients (Snowville Whipping Cream) into butter using my Vitamix. All was going great, until, while tamping down the creamy, almost butter, the tamper hit the machines blade (my own fault as I had the lid off so I could better observe the churning process). Butter was everywhere -- the walls, the floor, the countertop and yes, even the ceiling. It was a greasy mess that took forever to clean up.