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Heather

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Soufflé Days

I’m a student at Princeton University, currently studying in Paris.

I’ve loved baking since I was little, loved making gingerbread houses at Christmas, and I started a baking blog during my sophomore year of college about baking in dorm kitchens.

How long have you been a Daring Baker/Daring Cook and what’s your favorite thing about being in the group(s) so far?

I just joined the Daring Bakers in July and I am in awe of all the creativity in the challenges. I love that the Daring Bakers don’t just complete the challenges but they really take them to the next level and challenge themselves even further!

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? How about your favorite kitchen appliance?

I don’t own many kitchen gadgets, I don’t even have a food processor. I do love cute custard ramekins though and I’ve been dying for a crème brulée torch. But no one seems to believe me when I ask for one for my birthday!

Are you known for making a certain dish or dessert? If so, what is it?

A lot of my teammates from high school remember my cheesecake brownies, which I got from the Stars Desserts cookbook. My family is also a huge fan of what we call frosty snowmen, cutout sugar cookies with a lemon glaze.

You’ve just won $5000.00!!! What would you spend it on?

I am currently obsessed with the black lacey balconies on a lot of Parisian apartments, so the apartment (balcony required) would likely be the first thing I would buy!

What is the ultimate comfort food to you?

Molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Or my dad’s whole wheat waffles, smothered in real maple syrup.

Which season (Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall) is your favorite.. why?

I love fall. When I was younger it was because I loved my birthday and Halloween and the Thanksgiving. Now, it’s all about the weather and the flavors. I am finally living someplace with real seasons and I love the crunch of the leaves when you step on them!

Other than cooking and/or baking.. what hobbies do you enjoy?

I love running and rowing. And traveling. I love being in new places and wandering around.

How long have you been blogging? Do you like it? What’s your favorite post you’ve written?

I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half but my current blog has only been in existence since this past spring. I love, love it. My favorite post is from one of my first weeks in Paris, about some of the people I was meeting in my classes and hazelnut gateau Breton.

What’s your favorite cookbook for desserts/baking? What’s your favorite cookbook for savory/cooking?

I tend to buy a lot of cookbooks which then sit on bookshelves. But I love Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce and Stars Desserts by Emily Luchetti.

Is there one food that you seriously dislike/hate? If so, which is it and why?

I grew up as a vegetarian because both of my parents are vegetarian and even though I now eat meat, anything still on the bone seriously makes me feel sick.

What’s your favorite flower and/or plant?

Lilacs, I think because it reminds me of my mother.

Do you have a favorite local restaurant? If so, why is it your favorite and what
kind of food is served there?

I have so many favorite local restaurants, in so many places I have lived in the past 2 years. I love Paolo’s in Georgetown and Slow Club in San Francisco and L’Agrume here in Paris.

Who taught you how to cook and/or bake?

I would say both of parents taught me to bake. I’m still not very good at cooking though. But I grew up making lemon bars and pecan squares and scones, and that is all from my parents.

What’s your favorite holiday and why?

I love Christmas more than anything. I love the way the Christmas tree makes the house smell, it makes me immediately happy upon walking inside. And I love making all kinds of Christmas cookies and leaving them out for Santa.

Reading any good books lately? Which ones?!

I’m reading L’Etranger by Camus. I read it once in English for class so I thought I’d give it a shot in French.

You’ve had a rough week. How do you relax after a rough week?

I buy a pain au chocolat. Or two.

Where is your favorite vacation (holiday) destination?

I have no idea how to pick a favorite. I love going to new places all the time. I went to Tahiti once and loved it, it’s truly an ideal vacation destination.

What is your favorite cooking/food related magazine? Why?

I loved Gourmet, but sadly it’s gone. So I read every other food magazine to compensate. But I think I like the food sections of newspapers better anyway.

Do you have a food addiction?

Not even a question.

What did you eat for dinner last night? Did you prepare it or someone else?

Pasta with sundried tomato pesto and bread and cheese. One of the girls from class came over and we cooked together. I’m glad I’m filling out this survey now because if you had asked a day before, the answer would have probably been a Nutella crèpe.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Eating Nutella with a spoon.

What kind of colors do you like? Pastels? Earth tones? Brights? Neons? Etc.

I love bright colors, which often leads to some problems with coordinating outfits with the clothes in my closet.

If you had the choice of a free kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom makeover – which would you choose and why?

The Kitchen. Definitely. A nice kitchen, with windows over the sink, could make me happier than any of the other rooms.

The Martha – Angel of Domestication or Minion of Evil? Why?

No comment.

Do you watch any competitive cooking shows? Like Top Chef or Hell’s Kitchen? If so, which is your favorite and why?

Over the summer, our house in Georgetown was obsessed with cooking shows. I think I watched every single episode of Top Chef.

What’s your favorite “sweet” spice? How about your favorite “savory” spice?

Ginger. And chili.

What’s your favorite herb to cook or bake with? Do you prefer fresh or dried?

I prefer fresh herbs…I love rosemary. But again, I don’t do a lot of cooking. I pre

Is there one recipe on your blog that you would like to share with us? If so, leave the link here.

If I could only bake with one ingredient it would be lemon.

You can visit Heather on her blog Soufflé Days