1. Name, occupation, and city
Kelly Carámbula, graphic designer, Brooklyn. In addition to my day job, I have a food magazine, Remedy Quarterly and a blog, eatmakeread.com.
2. When was the last time you threw a dinner party, and who was invited? Thanksgiving of last year we had my husband Aaron's parents and brother over for dinner.
3. What is the best menu you've ever made for company? I have to admit, I don't throw many dinner parties, but I'm starting to realize it might be time to change that. I do really love to make thanksgiving dinner. There's just something so satisfying about pulling out a perfectly golden bird. I usually make some sort of cornbread and sausage stuffing, biscuits, sweet potatoes and green beans, totally indulgent but awesomely satisfying dishes.
4. What's your preference: wine, beer, cocktails?
Oh boy, I love them all! Hmmm, if I had to choose, cocktails, but Bell's Beer from Michigan comes in at a close second.
5. What's your favorite dinner party soundtrack? My music skills are a little lacking. When my husband's not around to pick the perfect list, I'll just put my iPod on shuffle so you'd get a little Dolly Parton, David Bowie, the Avett Brothers, ESG and Hot Chip. Let's just call it an eclectic mix. [Ed: Sounds great to me!]
6. Some friends are coming over for a last-minute dinner. What do you make?
Corn cakes with fresh salsa, a salad on the side, some Negro Modelo to imbibe and I might just whip up a batch of brownies to bake while we're eating.
7. Do you usually cook everything yourself, or do you have help? I do usually cook everything myself, it's soothing.
8. Do you ever buy store-bought food, or is everything on your table made from scratch?
I'm not opposed to store bought food...fresh ravioli from the store, totally worth the $5, but I'll whip up the sauce from scratch.
9. What do you like to serve for dessert? Oh man, I have the biggest sweet tooth. I looove brownies, but ice cream with a little homemade butterscotch or chocolate sauce is hard to beat. A nice fruit crumble is great in the summer. Oh, I could go on and on.
10. If you could invite anyone over for dinner (living or dead), who would it be?I would most definitely invite my mother who passed away when I was in college and a few years before I really learned to love food. I was the pickiest damn child so I wish I had to chance to sit with her and savor her favorite foods (things I would never eat growing up), talk about silly stuff, and just relax with her.
[Photo by Aaron Carámbula]