Q & A With Cooking Instructor Melissa
What was your first food memory?
It is a gross memory, but I used to stick my finger into the tub of butter in our fridge and eat it as is!
How did you learn to cook?
I learned to cook from my dad and bake from my mom.
Do you prefer cooking or baking? Why?
Baking, because too many things can go wrong when you cook or the flavors don’t work and I find it very frustrating. However, baking is a science and once you understand it you’ll be just fine.
What are three ingredients that you always have in your kitchen?
Extra virgin olive oil, butter, and cinnamon.
Where do you find your cooking inspiration?
Everywhere! Farmer’s market, work, magazines, Internet, or just talking to friends.
What is it that you love most about cooking?
Watching people’s reactions when they taste something I’ve made.
What are the three cooking items/gadgets that you could not live without?
My kitchen aid, scale, and probably a thermometer. (I feel as though I have more than three!)
What do you make for your family on a lazy Sunday?
We don’t really do special meals on Sundays, but if I have the time and we have people over or I’m just really craving them--- I’ll make baby back ribs the way my dad taught me. They take about 4 hours to make, but they are worth every minute!
What’s your favorite dish/food to make? And what about to eat?
My favorite food to make is banana’s foster. Favorite food to eat is watermelon!
What’s your favorite locally made food item?
Other than drinking Counter Culture Coffee, I’d have to say Videri chocolate. I love using it when I bake just about anything! We use Videri at work and I love it and have a hard time using anything else now, but I also love Slingshot coffee! If I could figure out a way to live off the two of them, I’d be the happiest woman!
What do you love most about being an instructor at Whisk?
I’m really enjoying getting to meet people and find out what they enjoy about the classes.
If you won a $1000 shopping spree at Whisk, how would you spend it?
I would be so careful about how I’d spend it. I have been known to sit on kitchen store gift cards for a long time. Definitely a Dutch oven, a few silpats, any baking pan I don’t already have, and probably a few new knives.