- What’s your favorite kitchen tool? Rice cooker. I still use the same one my husband and I bought at a Korean grocery in Toronto on Bloor West circa 1992. Eighteen years—and countless batches of basmati, jasmine, brown, and Japanese sushi rice—later, it’s still going strong. I don’t even remember how make rice on the stovetop anymore.
- What’s your secret indulgence in the kitchen? La vache qui rit (The Laughing Cow) spreadable cheese. I know it’s really just kind of a French version of Velveeta, but those little foil packets are just so fun to unpeel. A nice French lady who was a friend of my parents brought a box of the cubes to a beachside picnic when I was seven. It was a formative moment for me. I’ve since graduated to the wedges, though.
- What’s your favorite quote on food, cooking, or eating? "Highballs and cocktails, that’s the long and the short of it." - As spoken by William Powell as Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934)
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