Kitchen Careers is a regular feature that goes behind-the-scenes with chefs, bloggers, critics and others in the food industry to get the inside scoop on what its like to cook, or eat, for a living.
Annie initially caught the eye of the PBS Food team a few months ago with an adorable post on her food blog, “Annie’s Eats,” with an amazing Sesame Street-themed birthday party for her three-year-old son (seen below). PBS Food caught up with this baking maven recently to learn a little bit about her culinary inspirations, and how she creates such amazing treats. Annie also has a cupcake calendar for 2012 and one in the works for 2013.
Who is your culinary icon?
Ina Garten is definitely an inspiration of mine. Her food is simple but elegant and always delicious. I also enjoy her focus on entertaining because it is a favorite pastime of mine.
Why do you love to cook?
Everyone has to eat everyday, but food can be so much more than just the fuel that keeps us going. I love cooking because it allows me to try new things, nourish my family and friends, and eat delicious food!
Who would you battle on Iron Chef?
Bobby Flay, for sure! He is incredibly talented, seems to have a lot of fun in the kitchen, and it would be an honor to compete against him.
What was your first published recipe?
Maple oatmeal scones.
What is the best part about being a food blogger?
Can’t choose just one, but my two favorite things about it are the amazing friendships I have made through the food blogging community, as well as the wonderful feeling of inspiring readers to have fun in their kitchens and hearing about their successes.
What is your favorite under appreciated kitchen tool?
A really good knife. It makes prep work so much quicker and easier.
What three PBS personalities would you invite to dinner (animated, muppet, or living)?
Cookie Monster of course! We could eat cookies for a whole meal. Also Julia Child and Martha Stewart.
In one tweet (140 characters or less)- what is your culinary style?
Fun and fearless, always trying new things, and making a little bit of everything.
What is your favorite food city?
What meal/snack is your guilty pleasure?
Dessert. I have to eat dessert every night!
When outside the kitchen, how do you spend your time?
Working as a resident physician, playing with my kids, entertaining friends, doing yoga, reading, and gardening.
What is your advice for amateur cooks?
Have no fear! You won’t become a better cook or baker if you don’t try new things. The worst thing that can happen is a recipe doesn’t turn out, and you will learn something from any mistakes along the way.
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