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Blogger Spotlight: Busy In Brooklyn

poached pears

Tell us about your blog and how you got started: I startedBusy in Brooklyn just one year ago after my husband encouraged me to share my love of cooking and entertaining with the world. I post about my cooking, crafting and coping experiences. You'll find lots of easy, fun and exciting recipes as well as basic cooking tips and tutorials. I never imagined blogging would be so fulfilling. I feel honored to have become part of the kosher blogging community.

What is your earliest cooking memory? As a teenager, I used to help my mom prepare salads for Shabbos. I loved chopping up the vegetables, but I wasn't too good at seasoning them. More than once, I rendered a salad entirely inedible by adding too much vinegar or salt. It's funny because nowadays, salads are my favorite thing to prepare. I love coming up with original combinations of ingredients and thankfully, I havent spoiled one in years.

What is your favorite kitchen implement / utensil / gadget? My favorite kitchen utensil would have to be a whisk. Hence the whisk in the Busy in Brooklyn logo! I love using whisks to emulsify salad dressings, mix up the dry and wet ingredients for cakes and of course to whip up eggs.

What's your favorite kosher dish to cook? That's a hard one, I love cooking everything! Specifically, I would have to say that my favorite dishes to prepare are around the holidays. I love coming up with new and exciting ways to incorporate traditional holiday ingredients and repurpose my leftovers from each meal.

Who is your cooking inspiration? My mother is an excellent cook. She definitely inspired my love for food. When I got married and started entertaining, I wanted to replicate the smells of her kitchen in my own home.

Please share a favorite cooking tip or trick with our readers: People have a really hard time peeling squash. If you're using it to make soup or kugel, roast the squash whole at 425 degrees until fork-tender. You won't need to peel it, and roasting it enhances the flavor and brings out it's natural sweetness.

Which recipes are you sharing with us today? My wonton beef empanadasare a favorite. I love that they are baked and not fried and the fact that I whipped them up with all the leftover ingredients I had sitting in the fridge. I'm also sharing my recipe for poached pears. I'm not the biggest baker but I love to come up with delicious desserts that are easy and pretty to look at.