Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
Watching my grandfather cook. He did so with such love and abundance. Everyone wanted to be at his table.
What's your least favorite food?
What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
I made a pasta sauce by pureeing a roasted kabocha squash with roasted garlic, a little milk and grated Parmesan. I tossed it with linguine and topped it with toasted chopped walnuts. It was delicious and super healthy.
Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
When I was first getting into cooking, I made a smoothie with an immersion blender. I brought the blender up to my mouth to taste it and accidentally pushed the button. The next day was my very first day of work right out of college and I had a huge fat lip. That's a mistake you make only once.
What is your idea of comfort food?
My mom's baked macaroni and cheese
Apron or no apron?
What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
The food Cher makes in the movie Mermaids is pretty entertaining... everything the family eats is on a skewer.
If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
Katie is a freelance food and nutrition writer, a registered dietitan, author of the book Best Lunch Box Ever and the blog Mom's Kitchen Handbook: Raising Fresh-Food Kids in a French-Fried World (www.momskitchenhandbook.com).