Editor's Note: I'm pleased to announce a new addition to the team! Molly has written for a number of other publications in Chicago and started writing for us a few weeks ago. Currently, she's covering the downtown sandwich scene, but that's only the beginning of her food obsessions. I'll let her take it from here.
Name: Molly Durham
Occupation: Deal Qualifier at Groupon
Guilty pleasures? Fried chicken. I also have a crippling addiction to Cheez-Its.
Describe your perfect meal. I'd have to just say everything on the menu at Au Cheval, plus the ability to consume it all in one sitting. A dream.
What food won't you eat? I hate beets, which is truly tragic given the fact that they're so often paired with my favorite thing: goat cheese.
Favorite food person? I'm a fan of Julia Child, not only for her food but also for her sassy nature and the fact that she was a fellow tall girl.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? When I started taking more photos of food than people in college and getting into cooking—that was a sure sign.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? They love that I can give a restaurant recommendation quickly and that I bake so often. They're often on the receiving end of some treats!
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? I need one of these! Mostly I just refer to my massive list of restaurants I'm attempting to truck through, building that from sites like Serious Eats, Chicagoist, Eater and the like.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? I love breakfast on weekends when I have the time to really make it. Either I'll make a breakfast sandwich or omelet, or scratch cooking entirely and eat as many donuts from Glazed & Infused as I possibly can. The breakfast sandwiches at Butcher & the Burger and Floriole are also tops.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? Yes I do, but most of my best dishes are desserts. I make a mean simple cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. As for non-baking, my best is probably my family's Bolognese sauce, which takes two days to make and is a secret recipe.