Note: Make way for another member of the Serious Eats family. Tressa is a recent Wesleyan University graduate who will be interning with us for the summer. We sort of hazed her yesterday by making her sit next to a platter of pastries from City Bakery. She was a fan of the pretzel croissant (she passed the test). Say hello to Tressa!
Name: Tressa Eaton
Location: New York
Occupation: Full-time intern looking for a full-time job
Guilty pleasures? Ordering Green & Black's 85% Dark Chocolate by the case. Roasted chicken skin--if you don't watch me, I'll denude your chicken in a flash. Good chocolate pudding. Bread with cold Irish butter. Pork products of all kinds. I don't know if I consider these things "guilty pleasures" so much as "necessary pleasures."
Describe your perfect meal. BLT with an egg. Fresh corn with butter and salt. Sour cherry pie with caramel ice cream for dessert. All eaten outside on a blanket in the grass. It would be even better if the egg, lettuce, tomatoes, and cherries all came from the small farm where I worked during my summers in college.
What food won't you eat? Any type of melon except for watermelon. Can't stand it. It's that only thing I absolutely will not eat. Also, I try really, really hard to avoid high-fructose corn syrup and most foods that come out of a bag, box, or can.
What would you like to try but haven't yet? That Miracle Fruit that makes everything you eat taste sweet. However, I have such a big sweet tooth, I worry about my willpower when faced with such a situation.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? From birth--my last name is Eaton.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? I think my family's pretty much been aware of my obsession since I said "Hey Grandma, how about we pick up some smoked salmon?" at the age of four. My friends laugh at my typed lists of places and things to eat and groan when I drag them to the far reaches of various cities, but no one complains after we are done eating.
Favorite food sites or blogs (besides Serious Eats, naturally)? 101 Cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen, Gourmet.com. I never leave Jane and Michael Stern at home when traveling. On the subway I can always be found listening to Lynne Rossetto Kasper on Splendid Table. I quietly worship her.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Slowing down for a home-cooked dinner with friends.
Do you ever cook? I cook every single day. My friends and I picked where we lived in college based on the kitchen alone.