Gabrielle Arnold is the co-owner of La Empanada Food truck and founder of Honest Fare, a food blog aimed at sharing her love of cooking (and feeding people). Full of tasty, easy-to-create recipes, Honest Fare even boasts its own apron collection.
Describe your cooking style in three words: Simple. Pretty. Clean.
What’s your signature dish? The dish I’ve made the most times in my life and really enjoy making for people, is Tortilla Española (traditional Spanish-style omelet). I grew up eating it and learned all the tricks from my Catalan grandmother. I’ve made tortilla for all of my closest friends and family so I guess that means it’s pretty special to me…So sure, we can call it my signature dish!
What do you think is the most underrated ingredient? Miso paste. It’s earthy, salty and rich and has that whole umami thing going for it. Miso adds such depth to sauces, marinades and soups of all kinds with absolute ease. I always have it in my fridge.
What’s the best cooking advice you’re ever received? A few years ago, a good friend and I started a food truck. We had a lot to learn about preparing large amounts of food and we found ourselves cooking day and night in the beginning. The best piece of advice I got was from a local café owner who told me to make sure everything was prepped. To never fall behind on prepping, no matter what. It’s so true. And that advice rings true at home too—whether it’s pre-washing or chopping veggies or marinating a piece of meat that you plan on eating later—prepping will always make your life easier.
If you could share a meal with anyone in history who would it be? I’m never good at this question...but tonight I feel like having dinner with Earnest Hemingway so let’s go with that. Maybe at his place in the Key West.
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