Dominique Fasano is the brain behind Perchance to Cook. She is a lover of food, traveling, and finding the BEST foods while traveling.
She swears she loves cooking so much that she can get lost in the kitchen for hours! She especially loves it when she ends up creating healthy non-processed and Paleo recipes with European flair.
1. What is the Paleo Recipe that you are proudest of? If you were to recommend one from your website, which recipe would it be?
I am proudest of my Best Gooey Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe because I prefer these cookies to regular chocolate chip cookies and feel good about knowing that there is nothing processed inside.
I would recommend my Creamy Spaghetti Squash Chicken Casserole recipe because this is the recipe that I get most comments and emails about. People are surprised that you can have a creamy casserole, yet that it can be so healthy!
2. With a French grandmother and Hungarian grandparents, you take a lot of inspiration from your parents and grandparents cooking. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt from them?
The most important lesson that I have taken from learning about cooking from my parents and grandparents is that it is important to really know your ingredients. My grandmother would grind her own nutmeg and would use her hands to measure four and sugar for recipes. My mother has always taught me how to know when fruits and vegetables are fresh and ripe. It seems to be a skill we are forgetting to pass down.
3. When you're not whipping up new recipes, what keeps you busy on a daily basis?
When I am not whipping up new recipes, I am busy working as a Forensic Analyst. (Well, I was, I just recently quit to move back to the USA with my husband). So maybe for now I am job hunting.
4. How did you begin your foray into food writing?
I began the path down food writing with my love of food blogs and recipes. I used to look at food blogs in class during graduate school, and reward myself with time to bake or cook. For me, cooking has always been a time to myself and a time to relax. I kept a book of all of my favorite recipes and ideas and my husband pushed me to start putting all these ideas into a blog. Once he got sick with his autoimmune disease, I found it to be a great outlet to help others who felt better eating Paleo, but who didn't want to sacrifice flavor or cookies.
5. You love traveling. How has this enriched your view of the world and your cooking as well?
Traveling has taught me how similar people are everywhere. It has also taught me to be open to looking at the world through the lens of others and to be open to different ideas and perspectives. It has enriched my cooking because it has exposed me to different ingredients and flavor combinations, and it constantly inspires me to try new things in the kitchen.