Meet & Eat: ThatGirl153
The recipe for the Meet & Eat feature here on Serious Eats has always called for a varied mixture of food lovers--from chefs to critics to bloggers to food-loving tech nerds. Today, we're happy to add one of our favorite ingredients to that mix: Serious Eats community members who are on the site sharing their thoughts and insights. So, come meet this week's subject, ThatGirl153, a screen name you're probably already familiar with if you've spent any time on SE.
Name: Kellie (ThatGirl153)
Location: Rochester Hills, Michigan
Occupation: Graphic artist
Favorite comfort food?
Summer, ice cream. Winter, garlic mashed potatoes. (Subject to change without notice!)
Dove milk chocolate is like my kryptonite! Chocolate in general is my weakness, and I must have a little every day or I could possibly die. (I'm afraid to test this theory though.)
Describe your perfect meal.
A few weeks ago some friends came over for what we called "Seafood Fest 2007." We had shrimp, crab legs, lobster, baked potatoes, a nice salad, and of course lots of wine. My friend brought a crab-cake dip that was fabulous. We ate too much, drank too much, and laughed till our cheeks hurt. That was a perfect meal!
What food won't you eat?
Organ meats, tripe, and most gravy.
What's an unexplored food you'd like to try?
I have never had Indian food. Never had an interest until recently, when my brother was talking about how much he loves it now. I think I'll take his advice and find a good Indian buffet and try lots of different dishes to get a feel for it. I admit, though, that I am a bit skeptical.
Favorite food person?
My Nonna is my go-to food person. She knows how to make everything taste good. She is the best cook I have ever known, and I've learned so much from her. There are even a few dishes of hers that I've managed to duplicate. When I made one of my Nonna's recipes for cappelletti (sort of a ravioli in broth), she tasted it and then asked me for my recipe. I laughed and told her I just followed her instructions exactly. That was a proud culinary moment for me!
When did you first realize you were a serious eater?
Since I was a kid. I used to sneak up to the store and buy things that my parents wouldn't have in the house just so I could try new things. (And, yes, I would buy lots of chocolate too!)
What do your family and friends think of your food obsession?
They love it! My friends know that when they come over for a party, they'll eat their hearts out. As far as my family goes, last Thanksgiving was the first time we did a big family dinner at our house. I think everyone was pleasantly surprised--I had sort of kept my food/cooking hobby a secret from them. After all, even as a grown-up, it's still more fun to go to Mom's or Nonna's for all my favorite childhood meals.