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Q. What's your go-to dish for a dinner party?
A. I like to keep it simple for dinner parties. I’ll never forget the time I got too ambitious with my menu and ended up doing dishes in the bathtub the next day. It was a great party, but I think I used every bowl, pot, pan and utensil I owned.
Lately, I have been really into cooking up a big pot of mussels with garlic, wine and lots of parsley, with a side of whatever vegetables are in season — peas and fava beans sauteed with shallots are a current favorite — and some sliced sourdough bread to soak up all of the delicious juices from the mussels. For dessert I love rustic fruit tarts, pies or crumbles with ice cream.
Q. What are three kitchen luxuries you love?
A. Delicious-smelling dishwashing soap for all of my hand-washed dishes — Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Scent is my favorite — my Le Creuset and All-Clad cookware that I hope will last a lifetime, and my Ateco cake turntable. It is heavy and hard to store, but it makes cake decorating so easy.
Arefi-Afshar is originally from Seattle. She started Apt. 2B Baking Co. during her stint working in restaurant kitchens and continues to chronicle her cooking and baking adventures today.
Portrait: Ellie Connell
Photos of kitchen: Yossy Arefi-Afshar