We interviewed Aaron!
Visit the blog: The Hungry Hutch.
Hello Aaron, so tell us...
When did you begin your blog, and what inspired you to start it?
I started my blog in the fall of 2009. I had recently graduated from college, moved cities, and started my first real job. In school I was used to having a ton of extracurricular activities, so I needed something to help fill my time outside of work besides watching television. I had always loved food and writing, so a blog sharing my creations in the kitchen seemed like the natural choice.
What is your earliest food memory?
My earliest food memories are spending time in the kitchen with my mother helping her prepare a meal. While others were playing video games, there I was helping peel potatoes, mixing cake batter, or trying to keep things from burning. It's from these earliest memories where my love for food sprouted.
Do you have a secret weapon in the kitchen?
It's not really a secret, but one of my main kitchen commandments is that any great dish—savory or sweet—needs some amount of salt and/or acid. This addition helps to enhance whatever ingredients are already present in the dish while also adding a little zing of its own. I also try to have meals hit on a spectrum of flavor profiles, so nothing will be just salty, sweet, sour, etc., but a combination of a few.
What is/are your go to recipe(s) if you’re preparing a last minute dinner or party?
Baked chicken or pasta. Both are super simple, can be quite tasty, and are easy to make in large quantities for a crowd of guests. Sweet and tangy chicken with roasted green beans and oregano scented rice (http://www.thehungryhutch.com/2012/10/sweet-and-tangy-chicken-with-roasted.html), or pasta with sausage, tomato sauce, and basil (http://www.thehungryhutch.com/2011/12/pasta-with-sausage-tomato-sauce-and.html) are great examples of each.
If you could be a contestant or guest on any cooking show what show would you choose?
I would love to be a contestant on The Next Food Network Star (I've even sent in an application before). I choose this show because I want to be able to share my food with a broader audience and to help enable others to embrace their inner chefs! (Plus it is my dream to have my own cooking show.)
Is there any dish, ingredient or type of food you refuse to cook or eat?
I'll try almost anything once! However, I am allergic to some fish so that puts a limit on what my body will let me eat.
What are your goals for this blog? Where would you like to see it in the next year? Five years?
I plan to maintain this blog for as long as I can—four years strong and still going! I would love for The Hungry Hutch to be turned into a physical cookbook (or two) one day. If not, as long as I can provide a little entertainment and inspire others to try some of my recipes then I think I'll be content.
Thank you Aaron for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Laurence - 08/09/2013
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