I currently live in New York City with my husband and daughter, Daphne, who is almost 2.
The Naptime Chef™ started because of the birth of my daughter. Nothing throws a wrench in your cooking style like the arrival of a baby, and I was no different. I love to cook and bake, but with an infant I had no time or energy! I would start thinking about dinner at 4:30pm and, totally overwhelmed by the prospect of cooking from scratch, end up ordering delivery instead. It was awful. About three months after she was born I started “reworking” my favorite recipes to figure out how I could make them while she napped and complete them in the evening. After all, my tastes hadn’t changed, I still wanted to eat and make good food!
How long have you been a Daring Baker/Daring Cook and what’s your favorite thing about being in the group(s)
So far? This month, September 2009, is my first Daring Baker challenge. Since it is the month of my birthday I figured it was a good time to give myself a fresh challenge to start to the new “year!”
What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? How about your favorite kitchen appliance?
Microplane Zester – easily the best gadget ever. As for appliance, my KitchenAid mixer, hands down.
Do you have a favorite movie? Book? Genre of music? Actor? Actress?
Movie: Thunderball (James Bond – the original)
Book: Possession by A.S. Byatt
Music: Classic rock – U2, Coldplay
Actor: Hugh Jackman
Actress: Jennifer Garner
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Furniture and decor for my house – I love to design and decorate!
What is the ultimate comfort food to you?
Macaroni & Cheese with Pancetta. And, anything chocolate.
Other than cooking and/or baking.. what hobbies do you enjoy?
I love to read, take photographs (other than food photographs) and decorate/design.
What’s your favorite cookbook for desserts/baking? What’s your favorite cookbook for savory/cooking?
My favorite cookbook overall is Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros, and my favorite dessert cookbook is Baking From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan.
What’s your favorite flower and/or plant?
Hot Pink Peonies to look at, and rhubarb is my favorite plant because it is so delicious!
Who taught you how to cook and/or bake?
My parents are both great cooks, I was fortunate to learn by watching and working with them.
Reading any good books lately? Which ones?!
I just read “Not Becoming my Mother” by Ruth Reichl, which I loved. Before that I read “The Book Thief”, it is a very dark book and is extremely good – I highly recommend it.
Where is your favorite vacation (holiday) destination?
Harbour Island, Bahamas.
What is your favorite cooking/food related magazine? Why?
I love Bon Appetit, they have a great tone and style, plus every recipe is amazing.
Aside from chocolate for most of us, do you have a food addiction?
Salted Spanish Marcona Almonds!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Electing for a foot massage every time I get a pedicure!
If you had the choice of a free kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom makeover – which would
you choose and why?
Living Room, it is where we spend the most time.