Name: Ashley Baquero
Blog: Quick and Dirty in the Kitchen
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
What is the first meal you ever cooked?
My earliest kitchen memories are with my grandparents, breading and frying eggplant slices to accompany pasta and marinara sauce. My grandfather’s Italian roots are always with me in the kitchen, and my first “on my own” meal was meat lasagna.
If you had to blog about one ingredient every day for a year, what would it be?
Lemons! Everything is better with a splash of fresh lemon juice. You can cook virtually any vegetable and dress it in lemon. Fish with lemon? Delicious! Lemonade, lemon bars, lemon cake … sweet or savory, lemons are amazing.
I will never eat:
Brain, heart, testicles … I’m just not that adventurous.
Who would you love to have over for dinner?
Oh boy, what a fun question! I would love to enjoy a meal with Graham Elliot (he seems like such a down-to-earth, lovable kind of guy, plus I could learn a thing or two), Bill and Hillary Clinton (I have a million questions on a million topics), Paulo Coelho (philosopher extraordinaire), and Chris Powell (I think he’s fabulous).