How would you describe your culinary style?
My culinary style is that of a lazy person! I typically write recipes that require a reasonable number of ingredients, normal kitchen tools and average kitchen skills. The food I make is rustic in a chic sort of way; it’s good for both entertaining and for dinner at home by yourself.
What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
Maybe it’s trite, but EVERYTHING inspires me: other bloggers, colors, smells, seasons, farms, eating out, eating in when I only have random things in my fridge, movies, cookbooks, books, traveling, 30 Rock (“Ever put a doughnut in the microwave?”), old family recipes…
On a more serious note, I cannot tell you how deeply I have been touched by Beatrice Peltre. Honestly, I never even knew what I wanted to be until I read her blog. At a time in my life when I felt particularly lost, I would go home every night and read her posts one after another like a book. Her writing is joyful and whimsical, like a modern day fairytale about a beautiful French woman falling deeply in love with her kitchen. The way she styles her food is playful and delicate. Her photographs pop with texture, color, and life. And oh, the recipes! How could I forget her recipes? Lovely French recipes for tarts, cakes, madeleines and pots de creme, all updated to be gluten-free. What a feat! The colors, the style, the photos, the food, the words- they all spoke to me and they said “You can do this!” So I did. Maybe not quite as well as La Tartine Gourmande, but I’m working on it!
If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be?
Most people look at me like I’m a crazy person when I answer this question, but my desert island food is a perfectly ripe plum. Unquestionably.
For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
If cranberries are in season, I definitely recommend new readers try my Cranberry Relish. It’s super versatile and foolproof! Other than that, Chocolate Stout Sorbet is great year-round. Plus, if you don’t have an ice cream maker you can always make granita out of the exact same ingredients.
What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure?
Guilty pleasure food: microwaved nutella, eaten with my finger. I told you I was lazy.
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