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Spilt Milk: Nathan Turner

Posted on 17th Aug, 2011 by Nathan Turner
Spilt Milk with Nathan Turner
Welcome to Spilt Milk! Food is the most social thing we do. It also reveals much about our true character. We were inspired by the questionnaire made famous by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, and decided to create a set of questions we call Spilt Milk. We hope you enjoy this ongoing series on our blog.

Nathan Turner is one of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators. A long-time cook and foodie, Nathan perfected his culinary skills while living in Italy and France.

How do you take your morning coffee?
No morning coffee… occasionally tea, but usually — you may want to sit down for this cuz it’s freakishly LA of me — I drink a shot of wheat grass with E3Live in it…. yum.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Oh there are so many! Fried food, and I’m being vague as I literally love anything fried. And ice cream. So can you imagine how happy I am eating fried ice cream!?

What’s your perfect meal?
My favorite meal is dinner. I like the end of day recap with friends, family, my boyfriend, and a great meal. Classics go a long way with me. Can’t beat a good roast chicken and potatoes.

What’s your worst kitchen disaster?
Worst kitchen disaster usually happens when I’m baking. I am very loose with recipes when I cook and improvise a lot. You can’t when baking. I’ve been known to make some real “stomach sinkers” as my brothers used to call them.

What’s the cooking skill you lack most?
The skill I lack the most is temperature control. I finally caught on to the fact that there were more ways to cook than on high!

Your favorite kitchen gadget?
Just got a really cool blender/soup maker from Cuisinart. Love to make soups, and I love a zester. I have no idea why, but I love to use it.

You wouldn’t be caught dead eating…
Mediocre food. I come from northern California where fresh, organic, wonderfully prepared food is everywhere, but I’m also not a food snob. I love seasonal fresh meals as much as Roscoe’s chicken and waffles. My point is healthy or not, make it well!

Most memorable meal?
My most memorable meals were at my grandmother Marion’s… truly, she’s an amazing cook, always fresh, always prepared and presented beautifully. She taught me to cook and I cherish it. I’ll always have a part of her with me.

What’s your favorite spice?
Is salt a spice?

Midnight snack of choice?

Favorite midnight snack is cereal with cold milk.

Your mantra (food or otherwise)
You only get so many meals in this life… choose wisely.

Photo by Kim Miller

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