Known as: Dana Managing Editor, Creative Director
For Dana and her adventurous ways, managing the bands of Raw Energy Music and playing DJ in Toronto’s grittiest rock n’ roll bars was a blast. Travelling to L.A. to develop products and campaigns for television’s CSI and CSI:Miami was no sweat. Landing in the suburbs as a wife and mother of two young daughters, however, was TERRIFYING. In 2010, Dana launched Hot Pink Apron.com as a way to stay vibrant & creative while refining her own version of domestic bliss. The website became more of a way of life than hobby, and has since grown into a powerful community of home cooks promoting the motto: Eat well. Have fun. Wear a foxy apron.
Twitter handle: @hotpinkapron
Location: Toronto, Canada
Ingredient you couldn’t live without: Coffee. Real, dark roasted, fair trade, organic coffee beans freshly ground, accurately measured and brewed with purified water. I cannot function without that morning cup o’ joe.
Dream Dinner: A combination of good people, great music, oysters, stout and laughs.
Kitchen Confession: I will go to great lengths to avoid washing cutlery.
Known as: Reagan Editor, Contributing Writer
Reagan is a new mom who sort of knows how to cook, sometimes really pulling it off and sometimes quite literally crashing and burning. With adventurous tastes and an obsessive nature, she’s figuring out how to feed a baby and find a balance between her old life and her new one.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Ingredient I can’t live without: Butter. Everything tastes SO MUCH BETTER with butter.
Dream Dinner: Gooey cheeses, fresh bread, olives, smoked oysters and wine in a park on a warm summer evening in Paris.
Kitchen Confession: Sometimes I eat a spoonful of brown sugar when the container is out for baking. I can’t resist that stuff!
Signature dish: After years of trying to make complicated pad thai, I discovered this recipe. This chef changed my life and after a few modifications to suit my own tastes (I could never get behind dried shrimps), I can proudly say I make kick ass pad thai.
Known as: Caitlin Editor, Contributing Writer
Caitlin is a librarian and yoga teacher by day, and a writer and obsessive veggie foodie by night. She also collects vintage aprons and is thrilled to add a sassy hot pink number to the pile.
Location: Hamilton, Canada
Ingredient you couldn’t live without: Avocado. In salads and smoothies and vegan desserts, spread on toast, or just spooned right off the rind. It’s classy and comforting at the same time.
Dream Dinner: A potluck veggie-friendly barbecue in my own backyard garden. I’m a homebody at heart. You bring the red wine, I’ll make dessert.
Signature recipe: Pie, pie, always pie. These days I’m into Key Lime, with a buttery graham cracker crust and fresh berries on the side.
Kitchen Confession: I put away dishes like a well-intentioned house guest–nothing ever land in the same cupboard twice. It used to drive my roommates crazy, but now that I live alone the only person going crazy is me. I like to think it adds a little memory recall challenge to every cooking foray (and also helps me justify a LOT of casual swearing).
Known as: Amanda Collaboration Editor, Contributing Writer
Prepare yourselves for the nerd-tastic fantastic. Before going to university, the only thing Amanda could make was cake. Now a graduate of English Literature, she’s discovered a talent for cooking and a playful obsession for baking.
Blog: adventuresinbruntonia.wordpress.com ‘Baking, bread making, growing an allotment and keeping chickens. Also a fair bit of Asperger’s.’
Location: Cambridge, England
Ingredient you couldn’t live without: The humble egg. I just couldn’t live without the luxury of fresh eggs for quiche, soufflé, mousse, cake or meringue.
Dream Dinner: While he was at university, my husband lived about 15 minutes drive from Whitstable; a small seaside town known for its delicious seafood – especially oysters. I have fond memories of annihilating a huge platter piled high with fresh shellfish while visiting him. It was a real luxury as a student (and still is now!) and remains one of my favourite ways to go out and stuff myself silly.
Signature dish: Bread, white bloomer to sourdough, though my tear-and-share pesto bread is probably the one I am known for.
Kitchen Confession: Sneaking cheese out of the fridge while dinner is being cooked for me, only to declare I am now too full to eat dinner. Drives my husband crazy.
Known as: Kristina Event Coordinator, Contributing Writer
Kristina is a book peddler by day, musician by night, perpetual rabble-rouser. A lover of good times, good people, good drink and good food.
Twitter handle: @KikiVonCreature
Location: Downtown Toronto, Canada
Ingredient you couldn’t live without: LOVE, DUH.
No but this is tough. It’s a toss-up between hot sauce or vinegars (or any acid… …) with agave syrup. They really do sneak their way into just about everything I make.
Dream Dinner: On a picnic table in Springtime behind a taco truck in Texas. A plate of fish tacos on homemade corn tortilla, freshly made chips and salsa with a cold (UNBLENDED) margarita and an even colder beer. Awesome music/show in the background. If you can make this happen I will marry you.
Kitchen Confession: I find chopping/dicing/mincing with a freshly sharpened knife to be EXTREMELY therapeutic. Try not to read into that too much.
Known as: Jodi Contributing Writer
Jodi considers herself somewhat of a hapless cook who would prefer to have all of her food made for her. Existing on pasta with butter before she met her husband, her palate has certainly been refined over the years as she creatively finds meal solutions for her partner’s work hours, kid’s pickiness, seasonal organics deliveries, and any other challenges to arise in a busy mom’s life.
Location: Toronto (west side!), Canada
Ingredient I couldn’t Live Without: Cheese! Any kind, texture, scent or vintage. I love cheese!
Dream Dinner: Fresh fish oceanside in a warm clime.
Kitchen Confession: I eat the entire apple. Core, seeds, sometimes even stem. And thus far, although warned that it would, an apple tree has not grown out of my belly button.
Known as: Kirsty Contributing Writer
Born in the UK and raised Canadian, Kirsty is a well-traveled optimist and creative marketing specialist. She loves good wine, the occasional bottle of plonk, music and the 3 other people in her household that make her heart happy everyday. Kirsty supports local independent business every opportunity she has, passionately believing in the motto: Think Globally, Act Locally.
Twitter handle: @kirstykernohan
Location: Quaint Artsy Village outside of Toronto, Canada
Ingredient you couldn’t live without: Butter
Dream Dinner: Fish n’Chips sitting on a bench in Largs Scotland looking of the Frfye of Cylde admiring the Isle of Arran
Kitchen Confession: I don’t like people in my kitchen. Lol. If I am having a dinner party it makes me bonkers when people congregate in the kitchen.
Known as: Mother Ship Contributing Writer
Michelle’s (a.k.a Mother Ship) desire to eat clean combined with a bazillion digestive issues, a missing gallbladder, a MAJOR food allergy and an intolerance to gluten & dairy have left her no choice but to become a ninja in the kitchen. She’s having a blast being creative with ingredients and is really enjoying hobnobbing with like minded foodies out there.
Location: North Carolina, U.S.A by way of Ottawa & Toronto
Ingredient I couldn’t live without: Tahini
Kitchen Confession: I don’t measure anything!!! I flipping eyeball every recipe!
Dream Dinner: Any meal that didn’t include my toddler yelling; ” MOM, I’m done pooing!”
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