How would you describe your culinary style?
I would describe my culinary style as “Easy Gourmet”. I’m not a fan of shortcuts and boxes. I love making everything from scratch. I believe that what you eat is very important so why would you put anything less than the best in there?!
What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
My main source of inspiration would have to be my family. My mom is an amazing cook and so are both my grandmothers. We have a very close family and are fortunate enough to all live in the same city, so when we get together it’s always a feast. My mom has always had me in the kitchen with her helping her out since I was just a little thing. I’ve learned everything from her… and she’ll be the first to tell you that she taught me everything!
If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be?
Mashed potatoes. I don’t know why. I’m obsessed with mashed potatoes. They’re my ultimate comfort food. I’m not talking about using the fake butter and 1% milk… I’m talking about the real butter and whole milk smashed to perfection with some good sea salt. Oh man…
For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
Well I get a lot of different feedback as to my users favorite recipe but for some reason everyone loves my Cuban Pork! My dad is obsessed with it. It cooks all day long and the meat ALWAYS comes out falling apart and its so juicy and flavorful. Need I say more? For something sweet, try my Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust.
What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure?
My ultimate guilty food please would have to be truffles. I know, I know… they’re the most expensive thing out there but I just absolutely love the earthiness of them. What’s weird is I’m not even a huge fan of mushrooms. Put a little truffle on some mac and cheese, or some fries, or in a butter sauce over a roasted pumpkin ravioli, or even truffled salt and you have a good dish turn into an amazing dish.
(adj) Word used to describe a dish that makes you feel euphoric, satisfied, and yet…. leaves you wanting more.