When I was six years old, my mother found me in the garage with ice cream dripping from my fingers, shards of waffle cone in my hair, and a helmet strapped to my head. I was supposed to be on my bike riding to the park for a soccer game, but I had discovered a new flavor of Haagen-Dazs in the garage freezer and clearly eating ice cream with my fingers was far more interesting than soccer. What I’m trying to tell you is my interest in food started at a very young age, and it has only grown more and more over time (fortunately I learned somewhere along the way to use a spoon to eat my ice cream).
Growing up, I did read the “cool kid books” like Harry Potter and Chicken Soup, but more often I read cookbooks and culinary textbooks that taught me about the chemistry of cooking on a deep, molecular level. I mean, did you know that the hardness of your tap water can affect the gluten development in your bread? Or that one of the reasons we keep butter cold for pie crust is because butter is an emulsion of water and fat, and once it melts, you cannot get it back? Those are the tidbits of knowledge that I have collected since I was a little girl, and my curiosity for that food knowledge has never slowed down.
About my food:
Pretty much everything I eat is made from scratch. I suffered from severe gastroesophagael reflux problems in college and all my hospital and doctor visits eventually went away after I started eating real food from scratch. I believe in using whole foods and natural ingredients, which means checking that the chicken breast I buy isn’t 20% an injected chemical solution I don’t want in my chicken. Whole foods and natural ingredients doesn’t mean I eat kale all day long. I have an affection for butter and I love to eat the food I crave, I just like to make them at home so I know what’s going into it.
About the Fifteen Spatulas blog:
I created Fifteen Spatulas in 2010, a place where I show people that cooking from scratch isn’t as intimidating as they might think. I try to focus on explaining the how’s and why’s of cooking: for example, why patting a steak dry before searing can be the difference between a good and bad steak, or how to cream butter and sugar properly, and why it can directly determine how light or heavy your cake turns out. I believe when you truly understand what’s happening on the stovetop, that’s when you become a great cook.
In addition to recipes, I love to post what I think are interesting food articles about common cooking curiosities like “Fresh vs. Canned Pumpkin: I put them to the test” and “Should you age chocolate chip cookie dough?” You can check those out in the How’s and Why’s of Cooking section.
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I currently live in Manhattan with my husband Pete, aka my coffee/espresso barista snob extraordinaire (no, he’s not really a snob. He’s very sweet).
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