Jeremy eats a home cooked meal almost every night. On Sundays, he and his roommate prepare a brunch to end all brunches, eat to their hearts' content and then collapse on the couch in a food-induced haze.
This was music to my ears. Two recent graduates of Cooper-Union, in their first apartment together since school, making real use of their kitchen appliances! I wondered how Jeremy had become so comfortable around the kitchen. While at school, a college roommate's twin brother was enrolled in culinary school and would often stop by to do his homework assignments. Jeremy learned lifelong tips from the chef-in-training. Now that the twin brother has a great sous-chef job in a restaurant, Jeremy still calls him to ask about basics like how to keep his spaghetti from sticking together.
Although Jeremy and his roommate eat many of their meals together, they do all their shopping separately, at the same supermarket! Jeremy takes his bike, and his roommate prefers to walk. While they might often come home with the same food, Jeremy assured me that none of it goes to waste.
On my early morning visit, Jeremy quietly, methodically, and very efficiently, whipped up a batch of crispy potatoes with peppers and garlic. He had just a few ingredients and just a few tools at his disposal, but he made them work magic. Like almost everything about his minimalist apartment, Jeremy prefers to do with more than less.
10 Questions for Jeremy (and His Kitchen)
What's your cooking style?
Primarily South American and Italian, sometimes Korean/Japanese.
What inspires your kitchen?
Cleanliness and minimalism.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
The task lighting underneath the cupboards.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
Cut herbs with a scissor, not a knife.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen:
It's difficult for two people to cook simultaneously.
Dream tool or splurge:
What are you cooking this week?
Ceviche, guacamole, and quinoa salad.
What cookbook has inspired you the most?
YouTube videos viewed on kitchen counter via laptop.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
Homemade mashed potatoes — not the kind you add water to. I burned myself the first time I ever made them and still have the scar on my hand. Every time I see it, I'm reminded of the meal.
Jeremy's Recipe for Potato Hash
2 white potatoes, diced
1 whole serrano pepper, chopped
Half a small white onion diced
1/4 of a green pepper, diced
Dash of salt, pepper, and thyme
Fried with olive oil in a pan until potatoes are soft.
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