Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

#12 at Roots and Rings

The questions this week are actually ones that I came up with and submitted! That makes this week’s questions extra awesome.

1. Are there any movies that inspire you to bake/cook?
How much do we want to bet that a lot of people are going to say Julie & Julia? It’s so true though. Once my mom and uncle watched the movie, they both conference called me to announce that I am exactly like Julie Powell. The scene where she has a meltdown and is seen laying on the kitchen floor? That may have happened to me once or twice.

2. What’s your favorite food blog and why?
When I thought of this question, I thought I could pick one, but I just can’t. They’re all like food porn to me. Here are my top favorites: (Click on the names, they’re links)
The Pioneer Woman
Joy The Baker
I Am Baker
Not Without Salt
Savory Sweet Life
Smitten Kitchen

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef?
I’ve been asked this question a lot recently, and came to the realization that I don’t really have one. I do enjoy Michael Smith, Anthony Sedlak, Alton Brown and Duff though. (Clicking on their names take you to various websites telling you who they are) Huh, would you look at that? Apparently I do have some favorites.

4. What’s your favorite kitchen tool?
Would it actually be a surprise if I said my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer? Seriously, it’s truly amazing. You know what else is amazing though? Your hands. Sometimes not even my Kitchen Aid can do what my hands can.

5. When it comes to cooking/baking, what’s your specialty?
I wouldn’t say that I have a specialty just yet…but banana bread is what I get the most requests for. Especially now that I have my great grandmother’s recipe, I’ll have to start baking a minimum of three loaves at a time. And that’s only because I only own three loaf pans.

6. When in the kitchen, do you wear an apron, if so, any cute ones you’d like to share?
I wear an apron 95% of the time. I have boring ones though: a green Starbucks apron and several castoffs from the restaurant Stephen works at. I’m dying to own a cute apron. Specifically Jessie Steele.

7. Is there anything that intimidates you when it comes to baking/cooking? (ex. Pie crust, yeast breads, sauces, etc…)
Yeast breads used to scare me a little bit, mostly because I can be impatient and didn’t want to wait out the rising times. Then I tried it and can’t believe I ever doubted making my own bread. When I make it, it’s like I’ve got heaven baking in my oven.
Right now though, I’m intimidated by pie crusts. The first one I made was pretty good, but by no means pretty. The second one I made ruined the taste of my apple pie. I’m nervous to try again, but I put “conquer pie crust” on 101 in 1001 list. I will win.

8. What’s the weirdest gadget in your kitchen?
We actually don’t own any weird gadgets, but let me tell you a story about my rolling pin: It’s a bit larger than most standard rolling pins, and the first time my old roommate laid eyes on it, he loudly exclaimed; “F***ing bakers. Not even normal rolling pins are good for them?” (FYI: He’s a Sous Chef that can’t bake worth a damn.) I told him to watch it or I’ll beat him over the head with it.

9. What’s your go-to music for cooking/baking?
Cheesy pop music. The cheesier, the better. You can often find me dancing like a ridiculous fool while I’m baking. I love it!

10. After several failures, what do you do to motivate yourself to get back in the kitchen to try again?
I read baking blogs. Some of these women post about their failures too, and it inspires me to keep on trying. Sometimes I’ll find my most trusted go-to recipe and bake that for a little confidence boost.

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