The talented cook and a slice of her winning Rustic Red Ribbon Cornmeal Cake
Q&A with CookinginWestchester
It’s midnight and you’re hungry. Do you reach for something savory or sweet?
Savory and usually fried.
An ideal dinner party includes a) 2 people, b) 4 – 6 people, or c) 8 or more.
4 to 6 people.
How did you first become interested in cooking?
I was born into a food-obsessed family and seem to have created one of my own. I think I have been interested in food since I was a little girl, first observing my grandmother and later cooking on my own.
If you were reincarnated as a single dish, what would you be?
Creamy, gooey mashed potatoes.
Describe your weekend cooking style.
It oscillates between quick and colorful stir-fries, to traditional and elaborate, mostly Indian cooking.
Is there one ingredient you can’t live without?
Actually two: lime and cilantro.
Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
A flat, sunken chocolate soufflé.
What music (if any) do you listen to in the kitchen?
Which cookbook(s) do you reach for most often?
I like the Moosewood cookbooks, although I have to confess, I read a lot of cookbooks but tend to cook from memory and influences rather than following a cookbook to a T.
What is your most cherished food tradition?
I love Sunday breakfast with my family. It is usually a relaxed and caring meal where I get to listen to my children chatter while they eat.