How would you describe your culinary style?
I try to have a variety of baking styles, with easy and difficult recipes, so there is something for every level of baker to try! I definitely have a tendency to try flavor combinations that others wouldn’t think of, and while sometimes they end up wonderfully (like these Cranberry Lime Muffins) sometimes they end up not so wonderfully…like that time I tried to mix coffee and citrus. Bad idea, don’t try it.
What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
Other food blogs! I mostly just creep around on sites like Food Gawker and Taste Spotting. I love seeing what other creative people are doing, because it helps inspire new flavor combinations for me, and always gives me new recipe ideas to try. Oh, and boring classes help too. I have a notebook full of recipe ideas that I scrawl down when I should be taking lecture notes (sorry professors!).
If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be?
As unhealthy as it is, I have to say homemade macaroni and cheese. I could live on the stuff.
For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
Tough one! It depends on your flavor preferences, but if you want something rich and decadent, my vote is this browned-butter dulce de leche tart. For something less rich, try the pumpkin spice whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting (light is relative, I guess).
What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure?
Ultimate? Oh boy. Despite being a baker, I prefer savory foods, so for this one I’m going to say short ribs with mashed potatoes. My favorite restaurant in San Diego, The Market, has short ribs down to an art, and that dish is no-doubt the best plate of food I’ve ever had. It’s a stick-to-your-ribs dinner, but it’s worth it every time.
A word to describe a food that always, always evokes an audible “mmmm” when you take a bite. The kind of food that makes you happy to be alive and have taste buds.