Favorite food smell: The moment that the onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic hit a dark roux when making gumbo.
Favorite cookbook: The Joy of Cooking.
Ingredient you love to cook with: Pasta because it's a blank canvas that you can do almost anything with.
Most under-rated ingredient: Love.
Something always found in your fridge: Pickled okra.
It's your day off. What are you eating and drinking?: Pasta, which is challenging since I'm avoiding gluten. Tito's Vodka with a pickled okra.
And what are you watching or listening to?: The Who.
Favorite thing to eat growing up: My mom's homemade macaroni and cheese, especially the parts around the edges of the casserole.
Favorite thing to eat now: I had a soft shell crab at Commander's Palace in New Orleans last weekend that made me cry.