The Fork Life: I know you’re a lover of good food. What’s your favorite cuisine to cook?
Daniel Harris: Is comfort food a cuisine? I love any cuisine that just wraps you up and makes you feel GOODT! My favorite comfort food is either a stew or a chili. Something that takes a few hours to all day to cook.
TFL: What is the last meal you tried for the first time?
DH: I made ravioli in brown butter and sage with a balsamic sauce. That was pretty delicious if I might say so myself. There’s something thrilling and nerve wrecking about trying dishes for the first time, especially if you’re cooking for family and friends.
TFL: Where is the one place you want to travel in the world strictly for the food?
DH: I’ve always wanted to do a tour of Italy. Florence, Naples, Portofino, Bologna all have rich food history and I would love to sample all the tastes from those areas.
TFL: What is a must-have ingredient in your kitchen?
DH: That would probably be onions. I don’t think there’s a savory, comforting dish that doesn’t start without onions.
TFL: Have you had any complete cooking failures at home?
DH: Oh yes! More times than I’ve gotten things right in my opinion. I’ve added cinnamon to a pasta dish thinking it was cumin, I’ve almost chopped my thumb off, I’ve burned pancakes, I’ve under cooked stews and braised dishes, I have had a lot of failures. I love cooking though and as hard as it can be after a failure (especially if you are cooking for someone else) you have to try again. Make the necessary adjustments and try again.
TFL: Are there any restaurants or food that are on your radar right now that you want to try?
DH: I watch a lot of Food Network (shout out to Chopped and Iron Chef) so I would really like to visit some of the restaurants of my favorite Food Network chefs. In particular, I would love to visit one of Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurants.
TFL: If you could share a meal with anyone, who would it be?
DH: This is tough because there are a lot of people that interest me. Being around a table with good food is just a great way to hear people’s passions and ideas and to have a great time. So, if I could share multiple meals with multiple people, I would share them with people who are extremely passionate about what they do. Folks like Ijeoma Oluo, Deray McKesson, Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds or Questlove. Anyone that loves what they do even when it gets tough (or even dangerous) I would love to hear from them over a great meal.
TFL: Thank you so much for taking the time to Chop it Up!
DH: No problem!
Check out the VEGAN black bean and quinoa chili Daniel recently whipped up that was so good, he nearly slapped himself!