Describe your culinary style.
Eclectic and spontaneous. I know I mostly bake vegan things, which people might think requires specific ingredients and substitutions and whatnot, but I truly believe something delicious can be made from any pantry, no matter how scarce.
What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
I’m inspired by specific ingredients, and unexpected flavor combinations. I’ll build a recipe around one specific food, maybe a certain type of fruit, or a special preparation of a common baked good. I basically look at 3 things: flavor, methodology, and final presentation, and try to mesh those different variables.
If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be?
Oh gosh, definitely sweet potato. It’s so dang healthy! And I’ve heard that eating a lot of sweet potato can make your skin look orange, which might be appropriate for a desert island. Too bad I’m genetically incapable of tanning. Heh.
For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
Oh, definitely my Banana Bars with White Chocolate Pistachio Frosting. It’s one of those recipes that I’ll crave if I’m awake at 3 am watching 30 Rock on Netflix. It’s a very specific craving. But yes, they’re to die for, and I believe that flavor combination was cosmically destined to be delicious. For any non-vegans, my Goat Cheese Based Cheesecake is rich and complex. Paired with a pistachio crust, and drizzled with clover honey, it’s like you died and went to tangy-sweet-heaven. Goat cheese lovers unite.
What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure?
Lefsa, which is a Norwegian potato flat bread. On its own, it’s not so bad. But you usually roll it up with a slathering of butter and sugar, and I’ve been known to down a plate in 2 minutes flat.
Yummly is like everyone’s nice, wise grandma dispensing cooking advice, but online. Entering in my favorite flavors, ingredients, and food sources, I feel like I’m having an informal conversation at the breakfast table about what to make that day. It’s how every recipe site should be- smart, interactive, and delicious.