Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. Once I thought the taste of the grilled cheese sandwiches would transfer through the side of the electric frying pan my mom was cooking them in so I licked it. In case you're wondering, the taste does not transfer, but the heat sure does!
What's your least favorite food? Fishy fish. I have not been able to acquire a taste for it.
What is the best thing you've made so far this year? I've been seriously hooked on beverages this summer. I've made numerous drinking vinegars including Blueberry-Tarragon, Pear, and Mango-Apricot. I also love my Tea Thyme Soda -- it's really refreshing.
Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster. I've had the same experience as AntoniaJames. Years ago I somehow thought it would be okay to pour water into a very hot glass baking dish (it was Pyrex after all!) It was obviously not a good idea, which I figured out the instant the water hit the pan and it shattered into a million tiny bits -- seriously at least a million. Luckily the mess was contained in the oven, so it was relatively easy to deal with.
What is your idea of comfort food? Something cheesy, soft, and warm. A good baked mac & cheese or a bowl of cheesy polenta would do the trick!
Apron or no apron? I almost always cook without an apron.
What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie? I really like the scene in The Fantastic Mr. Fox when the Foxes are eating pancakes for breakfast.
If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be? This is the hardest question. I would love to make a fabulous dinner for Temple Grandin. She is a major force in improving the conditions for food animals, and has tremendous insight into animal behavior.
You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood. I'm definitely a do-it-yourself kinda gal, but have been more willing to accept help in the kitchen over the past year or so.
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. I'd love to get pointers on how to clean as you cook. I really lack efficiency!
Hardlikearmour's amazing cake-decorating skills. Yes, that's a cake!
I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.