An Interview With Lisa Taylor

3 Jan

I sent Lisa Taylor of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives a list of interview questions and she was kind enough to answer them! Thanks a lot, Lisa! She has some great tips and talks about her own experiences in writing her blog so without further ado…

Name: Lisa Taylor (Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives)
Blog URL : http://lisamichele.wordpress.com

Additional info:

1. When did you start blogging about food?

May of 2008.

2. What was your inspiration? Was it just a share-recipes-with friends sort of thing or a I-want-to-show-the-world idea?

It started as a way to release my culinary creative juices, and soon turned into quite an obsession – especially when it came to writing and photography, which I never knew I had in me (well, photography wise, without natural light, I’m not quite where I want to be, but I get it) lol

3. What was one of the first things you remember when you first started blogging? Your first comment, subscriber, etc.?

I remember thinking my photos were awesome (flash, low light, blur..lol) and I truly believed I was doing something special combining food and baseball.  I stopped writing about baseball long ago – it’s all about the food!  That said, my first comment was pretty exciting, especially since it was from someone I didn’t know!

 

4. What’s your favorite recipe you’ve posted?

Probably my Levain Bakery COPYCAT Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.  They aren’t quite like Levain’s yet (still trying), but I ended up with a pretty darn good fat and chewy chocolate chip cookie.

5. What’s the ingredient you use the most and what’s your favorite dish you made with it?

BUTTER, REAL BUTTER, and in almost everything!!

6. If you were to start the experience all over again, what would you change?

I would change the name of my blog, no question.  Like I said above, it no longer has anything to do with baseball, and well, it’s too long in general.

7. How to you connect with your readers?

Definitely through my writing.  My friends say I write like I talk.  Plus, I love giving away stuff, not just stuff I’m sent to promote, but stuff I buy myself or happen to have on hand, brand new, that I never use or will never use.  Those are the best giveaways, from ME to them.

8. What do you think is the strongest part of your blog?

Definitely the writing.

9. And finally, what are some tips you would offer to a new food blogger?

Just enjoy yourself, don’t think about impressing people – do what you do best and you will shine!

So there you have it: wise words from Lisa Taylor (thanks again!).

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Here’s to Ringing in the New Year- Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

31 Dec

I feel like I’ve haven’t posted in so long. We went away for New Year’s so I didn’t have any internet access to update the blog. I was writing a New Year’s post right before we left so here’s a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail recipe for you. Happy Belated New Years! (when does the new year get old anyways 🙂:

Well 2010 is ending soon. It was definitely a year of high and lows and now I’m looking forward to 2011. But before then, let’s enjoy what we have left this year. New Year’s Eve is always a day for family get-togethers and fireworks. And who can forget the infamous countdown to midnight. I’ve got the perfect recipe for ringing in the new year: Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail. I made a non-alcoholic version but you can substitute other drinks for the sparkling grape juice I used.

(By the way, do you like the CD coasters? 🙂

Here’s what you need to make this delicious drink:

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Healthier Homemade Mayonnaise

26 Dec

What do you put on your sandwich? Some ketchup, mustard, or even some mayo? Mayonnaise is found all over but why buy it when you can make it? Making your own mayonnaise allows you to flavor it the way you want. And you control what goes in it (so none of that hydrogenated or preservative stuff 🙂 Although homemade mayo doesn’t last as long as store bought, it’s a bit healthier for you and you can have fun making it. Homemade mayonnaise is a better alternative than store bought mayo and is very simple to make.

Here’s what you need:
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An Interview with The Moonlight Baker

25 Dec

Now as you all know, I’ve been in the “food blogging world” for a little over a month. I’ve talked to many other more experienced bloggers and here’s what Kim, from The Moonlight Baker, had to say. (Thanks Kim for answering all these questions!)

Name: Kim (a.k.a. The Moonlight Baker)

Blog URL : www.themoonlightbaker.wordpress.com

Additional info:

1. When did you start blogging about food?

I started food blogging in July 2010, though I didn’t officially launch my blog until September.  I spent a good portion of the summer designing the site, coming up with recipes, and basically learning the ropes.

2. What was your inspiration? Was it just a share-recipes-with friends sort of thing or a I-want-to-show-the-world idea?

My initial inspiration was Joy the Baker.  I had just baked a root beer cake (without a recipe) . . . not the best idea.  I Googled similar recipes and found Joy’s blog.  I thought the whole concept of an online recipe/ life journal was awesome.

3. What was one of the first things you remember when you first started blogging? Your first comment, subscriber, etc.?

The first major moment of my blogging career was the first post I had published on TasteSpotting.  That day when I logged onto WordPress and saw the graph of my site stats, I was shocked and elated.  It was definitely a victory after having countless pictures rejected by TasteSpotting before.

4. What’s your favorite recipe you’ve posted?

My favorite recipe . . . hmm, that’s a toughie.  Can I give you 3 instead?  I’d have to go with: Apple Cider Bundt with Cream Cheese Frosting, Mexican Hot Chocolate Bark, and Vanilla Bean Semifreddo with Fresh Raspberry Sauce.

5. What’s the ingredient you use the most and what’s your favorite dish you made with it?

My favorite/ most used ingredient is definitely chocolate.  And again, I’d have to go with that Mexican Hot Chocolate Bark.  So addictive!

6. If you were to start the experience all over again, what would you change?

I would exercise more!

7. How to you connect with your readers?

I try to be as genuine as possible in my posts, and I feel like that is the best way to connect with readers.  Really delicious-looking pictures certainly help, too!

8. What do you think is the strongest part of your blog?

I think the strongest part is the collection of recipes.  I post recipes that I’ve really enjoyed and am really proud of.  I hope that those who try the recipes feel the same way.

9. And finally, what are some tips you would offer to a new food blogger?

Make sure your blog has a unique voice – your voice.  And most importantly, have fun!  (And exercise!)

A Sneak Peek

22 Dec

With the holidays coming up, I hardly had a chance to post at all. Well this isn’t a full fledged recipe either. Isn’t a sneak peek better than nothing though? So without further ado…

Yummy huh? Well that’s all I have for now.

Back to holiday baking!! Cookies anyone? (I’m making some lion ones as I type 🙂

Talk to you all soon!

 

Festive Gingerbread Cheesecake Truffles

19 Dec

It’s time for the holidays! And everyone knows what that means…time for holiday baking! Everyone I know does the usual frosted sugar cookies that look too good to eat. This year I wanted to be a bit different so I decided to make some…Festive Gingerbread Cheesecake Truffles! These one-biters are so cute! The filling can be whatever flavor you want . I opted for some Oreos that I had on hand for a quick recipe but if you have some actual gingerbread handy, use those. Hey, you can even use those sugar cookies that you haven‘t gotten around to decorate 😉 These gingerbread men are bite sized and so adorable to make. And best of all, it’s a no bake recipe. Have fun!

PS: I loved these pictures that I took when I was making them, so for this post, there are a lot of pictures.

For these cute cheesecake truffles, you’ll need:

Hmmm. Potatoes…Potato Mushroom Tarts

17 Dec

Well I’m back with the recipes! This time is a yummy and gorgeous potato mushroom tart. The crust is a great buttery one with emphasis on the “flaky.” The actual filling is delicious, too. It’s a variation of a duchesse potato recipe and a bed of mushrooms on the bottom. The great thing about this appetizer/hors d’oeuvres is that you can change up the flavoring to your taste. I added some green onion and diced, sauteed garlic but be creative with it.

Here’s a picture!

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Me as a One Month Old Food Blogger

12 Dec

It’s an anniversary! As of today, it has been one month since I posted my “Hello World” post. Whew time goes by so fast. I do have to say I do feel like I improved as a blogger (hope you feel the same 🙂 I learned all about food photography, getting traffic, networking, and the outright friendliness of the food blogging community. Now I don’t as near as much experience as some of the food bloggers out there that have been posting for years but this entire experience has been great. Now to share the (few) tips I’ve gathered from others and trial and error.

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I Know How to Make….Soy Milk

9 Dec

Well I posted the pictures but where is the recipe? Here’s:

How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

Soy milk is a very healthy addition to anyone’s refrigerator. It is filled with nutrients and a great beverage for work, school, or anytime. Store-bought soy milk can get pretty expensive especially compared to regular cow’s milk. Soybeans, on the other hand, can be found for a much better price and can even be bought organically. I will show you how to make your own (organic) soy milk and the great thing is you don’t even need to spend money a soy milk machine. Soy milk is very simple and easy to make and can be used in many other yummy, healthy desserts, too. And after making it, you can tell your friends and family “I know how to make homemade soy milk!”

To make about 2 quarts and 1 1/2 pints of soy milk, you will need:

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Food Blog Hunt

8 Dec

Whew I’m taking a break from a recipe posting marathon to keep you guys updated on what I’m doing while not in my kitchen (ironically my laptop is currently on the kitchen table).

First, I have some fast and simple recipes that you can decorate to your heart’s desire. It will make you burst with excitement 😉

So as you know, I’m fairly new at blogging. I have looked at other food blogs which are amazing to gain some tips that could help me out on this blog. Now through my “intensive” 🙂 research, I have come to one conclusion:

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