Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What’s Cooking in your Kitchen – Brown Eyed Baker?

What’s Cooking in your Kitchen?” is a new series that I am integrating into my blog that will be a spotlight about other food bloggers and other food related interviews and highlights.            

   

 Today I will be going into the kitchen of Michelle from the Brown Eyed Baker. Michelle was a great sport of being my first in this series, so Thank You!  I discovered Michelle’s blog a few months back and got hooked right away.  Her blog is simple; the photography is amazing and the recipes are delicious. Not, only that,  Michelle has some amazing tutorials on her site that I go and visit and check out all the time, “How to make Homemade Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker“ and “How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing” are just a few of the items she has there.            

            

How long have you been cooking and who was the person who encouraged you to come into the kitchen and learn about food?  

I began baking when I was in high school, simple things like bar cookies and family recipes that I learned from my grandma. I grew up watching my grandma bake and cook each and every week. Everything from homemade gnocchi to pizzelles and biscotti.   

Why did you decide to start a food blog? And why do you love it?             

I originally began a food blog for two primary reasons. The first is that I really enjoyed being in the kitchen and wanted to document the recipes that I tried, and also use it as a way to challenge myself to try new and advanced recipes. The second reason was that I have always loved writing and I thought that a blog would be a great creative outlet for me.             

You have many tutorials in your food blog how did you learn yourself? From cake decorations to photography?             

As far as cake decorating goes, I took three series of Wilton cake decorating courses from Michael’s. Everything else I have learned on my own through reading, watching some food shows, and trial and error.             

Do you have a signature dish? What is it and how did you come up with it? Link?             

There are three things I make that are certified favorites with my family and friends            

Picture from the Brown Eyed Baker

  Dark Chocolate Chip Scones             

Picture from the Brown Eyed Baker

Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies            

Picture from the Brown Eyed Baker

 Cinnamon Raisin Bagels      

 What eatables do you have in your backyard?             

This summer I am growing a few herbs in pots on the deck – I have rosemary, thyme and basil going right now.         

 Picture from barefootcontessa.com  

If you could sit down and have a dinner with a celebrity chef, who would it be, why and where would you take them to eat?             

I would love to sit down and have dinner with Ina Garten. She appears to be so warm and inviting and her cooking and entertaining style is what I aspire mine to be – simple yet classic. I’d love to eat at her home in the Hamptons – in the garden, if I get a choice!            

What makes you drool when it comes to food?             

Anything rich and decadent. Think flourless chocolate cakes, cheesecakes and the like.            

            

What are three things people don’t know about you?             

#1 – I am a huge sports fan. Hockey is my first love, followed closely by football, but I’ll watch just about any!  #2 – I love playing video games.  #3 I adore snow. The blizzard of 2010 was awesome in my book!      

 

Picture from Amazon.com 

What is the one cookbook you can’t live without.             

Baking Illustrated by America’s Test Kitchen. Not only are there tons of fabulous recipes, but it’s full of baking tips and how-to photos.            

 

Picture from Vikingrange.com 

 

 

This is your dream kitchen – send us your picture if you don’t have one name 5 things that are must in your dream kitchen.            

#1. Viking range with 6 burners, built in grill and griddle. #2. Double wall ovens. #3 Built-in shelves for my cookbook collection. #4 Large island perfect for cookie decorating, homemade pasta, and other kitchen projects! #5 Undermount sink.        

 

Picture from microplan.com

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?    

Does my Kitchen Aid mixer count as a gadget? If not, I would probably choose my Microplane citrus zester!     

    

Pictures from  Flickr rfdphoto stream            

Describe your death menu. (Last meal before you die).   

Bacon cheeseburger on a toasted/buttered bun with seasoned French fries and a slice of cheesecake for dessert.            

I wanted to thank Michelle for letting me in her kitchen! Thank you!        

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14 Responses to “What’s Cooking in your Kitchen – Brown Eyed Baker?”

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    Evan @swEEts — July 21, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    What a great idea! It’s awesome to get to know other bloggers this way- I also check out Brown Eyed Baker every chance I can!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

      Evan, Sorry for the late reply but i have been moving so i am just now getting organized again. I am so glad you like this idea. I am hoping i can have a new blogger here once a month at least. Should be fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Maddie — July 21, 2010 @ 6:54 am

    I love this idea. How fun to get to know other bloggers! Thanks for introducing me to a new site, too.

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

      Maddie – I am so glad you like this idea. I am hoping that i can have someone here once a month.

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — July 21, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Thank you for the Q&A, it was a lot of fun!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

      Michelle, i can’t thank you enough again, i got lots of good feedback. I have been moving the last month so i am just getting to my comments now and many people loved your interview.

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    Baking is my Zen — July 21, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    What a great post! Nice way to know other bloggers. I’ve followed Michelle for a while now…Delishhh is a new blog for me to follow. Look forward to it.

    Carmen

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

      Carmen – WELCOME and sorry for my late reply. I have been moving the last month and just now am i getting organized. I also thing “The Brown Eyed Baker” is great and i hope that you will stick around here. I have lots of fund things to come.

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    D. @ Outside Oslo — July 21, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    What a great idea for a series! Thanks for helping other foodies and food fans get to know about other food blogs they might enjoy!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

      Hi – nice to see you here. Sorry for not responding sooner but i have been moving so just trying to get back into things. I agree with you on the new food blogger series. I am bery excited about it and glad you like it.

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    Splendid Willow — July 26, 2010 @ 1:18 am

    What a fun series! Loved reading the interview with Michelle. The girl can cook AND loves hockey! Can’t get boring around her. Thank you for introducing her to us.

    oxox, Mon

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