1. Have you always been a total foodie?
While I have always loved food (who doesn’t?), moving to Chicago from New York 5 years ago was a big turning point. Chicago has wonderful and affordable restaurants. Although New York City has an equally fabulous foodie culture, the restaurants are far more expensive. The other big change in moving to Chicago was finally moving into an apartment with a nice kitchen. At that point I started to cook all the time. Another huge foodie moment for me was going to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba shortly after moving to Chicago and eating red meat for the first time in 12 years.
2. What was the inspiration behind starting your blog?
The funny thing about my blog is that I didn’t start it! After I moved in with my now-husband I started to cook all the time, mostly because I finally had someone to cook for. Sometimes I would post a photo of our meals on Facebook, and my friends started asking for recipes. My husband and my friends came up with the idea to give me a food blog. The Kittchen was my birthday gift in 2011. I am so glad they picked a cute and clever name! Once I was given the blog I decided that I would focus on original and practical recipes and Chicago restaurant reviews. My goal is to create recipes that anyone could successfully make in about an hour or less.
*Butternut Squash Gnocchi recipe found here.
3. If you had to choose a brunch spot, a lunch spot and a dinner spot in Chicago- what would your three choices be?
Picking a brunch, lunch and dinner spot in Chicago is a difficult question to answer. For brunch I would have to go with Southport Grocery. I would order the Spinach Omelet, a single Bread Pudding Pancake, and a Mimosa. For lunch I would go to Big Star. I would order the guacamole, a walking taco (it is a bag of fritos with taco toppings and meat inside), and a panza taco. I would wash that down with Tecate. For dinner I would go to Bavette’s and I would bring friends. We would get the petite filet, the short rib stroganoff, a loaded baked potato, the elote style corn, and chocolate pie. And lots of red wine.
4. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years I would love to be blogging and writing cookbooks. Hopefully I will have a home office by then, I feel like all of my photography equipment and props are taking over the condo! I am self publishing my first cookbook right now and hope to continue writing more cookbooks.
5. You can only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could only eat one thing it would be grilled cheese. I love grilled cheese, which is why I am writing The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook. There are so many different ingredients you can add into a grilled cheese, so it wouldn’t be too repetitive. Plus, I love cheese and carbs.