I'm not, and never will be a 'chef,' but I really like cooking, entertaining, writing about food, learning and trying new things and always up for a new adventure, which is why the Iron Foodie contest caught my eye -- it was something I had never done before and seemed fun. Never one to back away from a challenge, I figured, "why not?"
One of the questions we need to answer is notwithstanding any limitations whose kitchen would you want to spend a day in and why. They listed a bunch of famous chefs, but I wouldn't pick any of them. I would pick my great-grandmother, for who the name of this blog partially rests on.
Many of my childhood food memories were from her - especially her turkey dinner. She would make the best banana bread, always had a turkey (my favorite food at the time) in the oven when we would go see her, amazing mashed potatoes and a killer blueberry pie. When we hadn't been to visit her she would ship me chocolate chip cookies in a cereal box to let me know she missed me. There would always be a note that said something like, "Tell your parents to bring you to visit."
The thing I regret the most is that while I always helped her cook, I never really paid close attention to how she cooked. (I was 10 or 11 when she died.. so what do you want to from a little kid that age... ) I'd love to be able to spend a day with her learning all her "secret" recipes she never wrote down.
Although I loved turkey then, she might be a little disappointed to know it's no longer my favorite dish and if given the chance, I'd be more likely to steal pasta or veggies off a plate than the meat.
The last question we were asked to answer doesn't really fit with the rest of this post, but we had to pick a mainstream food we can't stand. For me, it would have to be sushi. Eating raw fish is completely GROSS!