“What’s On Your Countertop” features some of our favorite food and wellness inspirations sharing their kitchen essentials, cooking traditions and Countertop staples.
We love Real Simple Magazine and are so happy to feature Dawn Perry, Food Director at Real Simple and learn about what she likes to keep on her countertop. As a power woman and mom, Dawn knows what is needed to look after herself, her family, and her team.
Your idea of a hearty, delicious breakfast is?
Well, I’m pregnant, so I’ll take the works! Pancakes or waffles, fruit, and bacon or sausage (but most days it’s usually oatmeal or yogurt/granola).
An ideal midday meal would be:
A big grain bowl with greens, marinated beans, something sweet and roasted like beets or sweet potato, and some crunchy nuts and seeds. A creamy tahini-ish dressing, side of hot sauce, please.
What’s your favorite kitchen discovery?
Coconut oil non-stick spray. Easy to use but not full of chemicals.
Do you have a favorite comfort food?
Spaghetti. Something about the twirling…
The yummiest thing you ever ate in your life was:
OH man, so hard to pick but I was traveling in India several years ago and had this spicy stir-fried Okra at a restaurant called Linda’s Viva Panjim which was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. But, then again, I did eat a piece of pepperoni pizza last week (from Mama’s Too in NYC) that really rocked my world. Sort of a moving target, this one.
What is the cooking tool or device that you can’t live without?
Tongs. Use them every day.
Favorite cookbook, magazine or food blog?
Real Simple! Duh 😉 But I am always thumbing through Six Seasons, by Joshua McFadden. So many good riff-able ideas in there.
What Countertop product do you use the most and how do you use it?
Golden Butter: stirred into rice, melted over chicken, fish or roasted veggies.
What’s your favorite thing to feed your loved ones?
Toast—my mother always said (she hates to cook) that “peanut butter and jelly tastes really good when someone else makes it for you”, point being, it doesn’t need to be fancy to feel special.
It’s nighttime! Any bedtime ritual?
Shower, teeth, one last peek at the baby, to bed (where I read .5 to 1.5 pages of my book and fall asleep 😊).