My pal Katherine has hands down been one of the most influential people in my life that inspired me to get cookin’ (and writing too)! We’ve known each other for years, and she was the first person who taught me how to throw a dinner party – I’ll never forget it. We made this spice-rubbed pork loin (forgive the bad photos – old post – but DELICIOUS!), cranberry almond rice pilaf, fresh green beans and this perfect pineapple coconut rice pudding that was her own recipe that I will post soon because it’s freaking EPIC. That night (and many after that) she taught me to cook what’s in season, not to stress out too much about being exact and to try new things. . . . Read more here.