Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
In high school, I worked at Earthbeam, a natural foods store in Burlingame, California. I learned so much about fresh foods and whole grains. It definitely influenced my habits in the kitchen.
What's your least favorite food?
Bland, processed food.
What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
Oh, I have been having a real good time in the kitchen this year, so it is hard to choose. Of late, my favorite is probably focaccia bread I have been making using the recipe from Baking with Julia.
Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
I recently left my recipe notebook on the stove, not realizing that the gas burner was on. You can guess how that turned out.
What is your idea of comfort food?
I love to make pasta with a chunky tomato and sausage sauce.
Apron or no apron?
No apron. I'm not afraid to get messy when I cook.
If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
I wish I had the opportunity to make a fabulous meal for my grandma Betty. She was a tremendous cook -- mostly traditional Danish dishes. She passed away before I became serious about cooking.
You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
I do love to cook alone and have been known "encourage" my kids to leave the kitchen so I can cook in "peace," but I do love cooking with them as well. They are already pretty capable for little people.
When it comes to tidying up, you usually: a. clean as you cook, b. do all the dishes once you've finished cooking, c. leave the kitchen a shambles for your spouse/roommate/kids to clean.
Here is my chance to publicly thank my husband for the hours upon hours he has spent cleaning up after my adventures in the kitchen. I usually clean up as I cook, but there is still a pile for him at the end of the day. Thanks Scott!
The bounty of each season is worth celebrating! Most of the meals I cook for my hungry family of four are based on whatever is fresh and bountiful in our yard or what we can glean from the yards of our friends and neighbors. The seasonal food we have in surplus goes into the canning jars. Even busy families can find time for fresh, homemade foods.