My one party trick is that I have a photographic memory when it comes to food. I can not only remember almost every meal that I have eaten in a restaurant ever, down to each individual ingredient and the way it was presented, but I can do the same thing for everyone else who was eating with me. Totally weird, but fun!
Much to my mother's chagrin, my passion for cooking started early. At the age of 5, I was reading a picture book that described (in basic terms) how to make custard - just eggs, milk, and sugar! I waited until my mother went downstairs to put the laundry in the dryer, then promptly dumped an entire gallon of milk into a bowl and cracked two eggs into it. As I was staring into the bowl, contemplating the raw, runny yolks staring balefully back up at me, I was busted by my mother. Instead of going ballistic (ok, she went a little ballistic), she sighed and said "ok, let's use this to make tapioca," thus teaching me an important lesson in salvaging botched food experiments.
- What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
- Duck gizzard at a tiny restaurant nestled in the Pyrenees when I was 12.
- What do you cook when home alone?
- Homemade mac and cheese with roasted brussels sprouts or some other variety of pasta.
- Your most treasured kitchen possession:
- A carbon steel knife that's been in my family for decades
- The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is: