It is my pleasure to introduce to you Franci Eberz:
My mom, my best friend, the best cook I know!
She’s put up with me and my picky eating habits for a longggg time..
Have you ever seen a baby with that much attitude?
My mom is a saint.
She is the reason that I, despite my picky palate, love cooking, and I couldn’t think of a better person to interview for my blog!
What is the #1 piece of advice you can give an amateur in the kitchen?
“Always clean as you go, otherwise you will be left with a giant mess after your meal!”
What other advice can you give?
“Always wash your hands before you begin, invest in a good apron, and be sure to get all of the things you need together before you start cooking!”
What is your favorite recipe?
“A whole filet seasoned with olive oil and generous salt and pepper. Your brother likes the trimmings from the filet ground up and turned into a burger.”
When did you first start cooking? Why/who taught you?
“I first started cooking at a very young age because my mother and father both worked late. I would come home from school to a list my mother had left me detailing what to do to get dinner started. Once she got home, she would teach me how to finish the dinner. My brother hated cooking, and as the second oldest of four kids I felt some sort of responsibility to take care of my younger siblings.”
Are there any recipes you haven’t tried and would like to?
“Yes! I would like to try to make duck breast, I’ve never done that.”
Finally, do you have any advice for a picky eater (me!) who wants to try new foods?
“I suggest being adventurous with new foods whenever you are out to eat. Let the professionals prepare the food you may not be as used to, and if you like it – try it at home!”
Pictured above: my Aunt Barbie (sitting), my Aunt Anne, my Uncle Peter, and my mom!