Nate Padavick & Salli S. Swindell


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Nate & Salli are illustrators with a national practice. They started They Draw and They Cook to celebrate the fun of illustrating food and are soon to capture this innovative way of conveying how to make a dish in a book .


Best cooking tip


Salli: Keep pets off of the counter and if possible out of the kitchen (I once had our big fluffy cat leap onto the counter and land on a batch of cut-out cookie dough, leaving paw prints in the dough)


Nate: The freshest ingredients + EVOO/butter + skillet = foolproof goodness


Worst cooking disaster


Salli: ugh. Not realizing that the glass pitcher I was pouring boiling water into for iced tea was not tempered. It scattered instantly sending me to the hospital and ruining the family gathering.


Nate: I once tried to make raviolis from scratch - they turned out like pierogis, but I like pierogis, so it wasn't awful, just embarassing.


Favorite cooking tools


Salli: I never understood the glory of a bread knife until we acquired our cutco bread knife! voila! I also love my little tiny mini whisk.


Nate: A big, heavy, old, 18" cast iron skillet.


Cooking tools/aids you wish existed


Salli: More hands on me!


Nate: A hands-free garlic/onion dicer, actually, I bet this does exist - I'm not into kitchen gadgets really.


Favorite Software/Apps


Nate: Adobe Illustrator for creating recipe illustrations.


Software you wish existed


Nate: A hologram digital reader so I can keep my arms under the covers when reading in bed!


Favorite Ingredients


Salli: Never underestimate the power of fresh thyme + rosemary + some sun-dried tomatoes to brighten things up!


Nate: Purple cabbage, carrots, brussels sprouts, turnips - love the color palette!


Ingredient you'd like to learn more about


Salli: I've been exploring fennel lately.


Nate: Bacteria - I'm currently really curious about this fermented food movement.


Restaurant recommendations


Salli: I'm not a big fan of "fancy food" or food that appears to have been fussed with alot. I recently ate Karyns Cooked in Chicago and was a very happy girl.


Nate: Balaboosta and Taim in NYC - same owners - best hummus and falafel in the world!


What are you craving right now


Salli: I always seem to crave espresso and chocolate covered orange peels.


Nate: A fresh mango that I picked off a tree, in Mexico, on a beach, with a pina colada.


The leftovers in your refrigerator right now


Salli: Kung pao tofu...how cliche!!


Nate: Navratan korma, curry cabbage and rice...actually, now that I mention it I think I'll warm that up for dinner.