What are you most looking forward to about #FBC5?
Meeting other bloggers from around the world and learning valuable information from some of my favorites!
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
I grew up around the food industry and have always cooked- from simple to extravagant meals. When I left my corporate job I wanted something to keep me busy and knew it had to involve food and travel- my two favorite passions. So I started a little food blog, and it’s been in transition ever since. It really has become a part of me and while I don’t get to post as much as I would like, I try to get to it whenever I am not travelling or in the kitchen!
What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?
My blog is ever changing. I still, after a few years, have not narrowed it down to one specific thing. I have many ideas that I want to implement, but finding the time to actually sit and do it has been the biggest challenge.
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
I spend a lot of time reading other blogs. Some of my favorite bloggers include David Lebovitz, Jaden Hair, Elise Bauer, Matt Armendariz, Gaby Dalkin, Amber Stott, Fran Feldman, Monet Moutrie, Trevor @ Sis.Boom.Blog and Michael Procopio. I have so many more that I read regularly as well! My blogroll is long and varied! I’ve learned countless kitchen tricks from the bloggers I follow, but more importantly, their writing strikes something within me- whether it be humor, sadness or joy, each one evokes a feeling or a memory that touches me and makes me want to keep reading. That is what I would love for my own blog…I have a lot of work to do!
My favorite food would have to be french fries. (Served alongside a burger or steak helps too!) For me, they are the ultimate comfort food. Hot, crisp and salty! To be honest, I am not really a fan of offal. Foie Gras- I could take it or leave it. Forget tongue and tripe. And please, no sweetbreads! No thanks. I’ll pass. My last meal, what ever it would be, would have to end with chocolate mousse, pudding, cookies or cake. Or a chocolate sampler plate. Or a plate made out of chocolate. Essentially, anything chocolate.
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
I have a few hundred cookbooks. They fill every bookshelf in my home. I love the photography and the stories that are in the books. I think they are equally as important as the recipes themselves and good stories and photos make each dish come alive!
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance? What’s the hottest item on your shopping list?
My favorite kitchen tool is my Kitchen Aid mixer, but it has started smoking when I use it, so I am in the market for a new one. But I love and use it all the time. As for a hot shopping list item, Sriracha is at the top! I am addicted. A sauce made with Sriracha, honey and lime juice drizzled on everything from chicken to fried Brussels sprouts to salad greens. It is so good!
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