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Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

I am a Canadian gal with three almost-grown children. I live in a little tiny house just outside of Toronto with ten fish, two newts, one husband, one shih tzu and one epileptic pug.

The fish, newts and husband are all pretty quiet; my puppies demand most of my attention!

Life here is pretty quiet, I bake and cook, read and write, and nap with the pups. I am a terrible housekeeper but I do my best to keep it organized.

If you have a blog, what is your blog name and for how long have you been blogging?

My blog’s name is Living in the Kitchen with Puppies and I have been blogging for about one year.

When and why did you join the Daring Bakers?

The Daring Bakers was one of the first cooking clubs I found on the internet. I thought it was a wonderful idea. I joined just over a year ago I think, and my first couple of posts had to be put up for me by the lovely admin chicks as I had no idea how to do it. A lot has changed over a year!

What’s the best part about being a Daring Baker?

I love the idea of baking with people all over the world, and there is an instant feeling of camaraderie when I come across a person’s blog and notice that they are a Daring Baker. It’s sort of like being in the same sorority, not the gender aspect – there are lots of male Daring Bakers – but that feeling of belonging.

Another great thing about the Daring Bakers is that you are pushed beyond your comfort zone to bake new and interesting things within a certain time period. And the secrecy? Just seems to make it more fun. A secret society, of sorts.

Who’s your favourite baker/chef?

There are so many that I love, I would say Dorie Greenspan for baker, as she made baking regularly comfortable for me. And for chef (cook), Ina Garten and Laura Calder. Both easy going with an appreciation for fine things and simple things alike. I don’t come from a cooking or baking background, so the Food Network has been very encouraging, as well as my relatively newly found internet resources.

What’s your favourite cookbook?

Anything by Ina Garten, especially Barefoot Contessa at Home as she autographed it for me! I stood in line for over 5 hours at the Manulife Center in Toronto with my son to meet her. A very exciting day indeed.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring one dessert with you, what would it be?

Ice cream. A very good vanilla bean ice cream, and I would hope that there were some great fruits on this tropical island to put on it!

You can visit Natashya on her blog Living in the Kitchen with Puppies