Another great food blogger interview for you today! Alyssa from Everyday Maven is sharing her favorite recipes, tips, and more! Check out her Oven Fried Chicken below! Looks like the perfect dinner this time of year, yum! Be sure to check her site out and on social media.
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Alyssa has always been interested in food and healthy cooking. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA where she was taught by her mother, a classically trained chef, to appreciate fresh and local offerings and the love of food preparation. Learning how to cook, season, and properly treat every ingredient was not only expected, but dutifully cultivated.
Alyssa honed her writing skills while she earned her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at New York University. She didn’t waste a minute while living in Manhattan exploring the unparalleled food gems peppered throughout the city; from food carts to fine dining, she took it all in. She even held an internship at The Food Network during its infancy.
She left New York and returned to Philadelphia to attend graduate school at Drexel University, where she met her husband and had a successful career in sales and marketing.
Currently residing in Washington State with her husband and son, Alyssa is enjoying exploring the local and regional specialties of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the remarkable and abundant crops available year-round.
Can you tell me a little bit about your blog?
After the birth of her son, Alyssa joined Weight Watchers to shed the baby weight and wondered why she didn’t see libraries full of recipes and techniques supporting a trim waist line using clean, whole, organic foods and products.
She began creating those recipes and sharing them on her website Everyday Maven. Everyday Maven was born where Whole Foods meets Weight Watchers.
Everyday Maven has evolved along with Alyssa’s personal eating. No longer focused on Weight Watchers, Everyday Maven shares delicious real food recipes that are always free of processed foods, artificial ingredients and focus on using seasonal ingredients. Most recipes are grain free, gluten free and dairy free.
Everyday Maven is the culmination of all the things that have meant the most in Alyssa’s life and career; her familial love of food, her desire to share knowledge and help others, and of course, writing and marketing.
What do you like most about blogging? What do you NOT like about blogging?
Blogging for me equals cooking and I love cooking – it is my relaxation. I share what I cook for my family (the dishes good enough to share!). Blogging my food gives me that extra push in the kitchen, keeps me experimenting and is a great excuse to continually challenge myself and learn!
My least favorite part of blogging is dealing with all of the tech stuff and sometimes feeling overwhelmed by social media.
What would be one tip you would give to someone who was thinking about starting a blog?
One tip? That is hard! Don’t try to do everything at once. Focus on learning one new thing at a time and don’t make any big decisions until you have a handle on your blog.
What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve created?
Where do you get ideas for your new recipes?
Everywhere and anywhere! Restaurants, magazines, other food blogs. My family and my readers make suggestions. Sometimes it’s a simple as satisfying a craving!
Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now?
Great question. One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I am in the process of developing some new kitchen products that I think would make my life (and a lot of other peoples!) a lot easier / more efficient in the kitchen. I hope to continue to grow my blog and begin sharing my kitchen products with my loyal reader base in the coming years.
Speed round….first thing that pops into your head!
Favorite cookbook (other than your own if you have one):
Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day by Padma Lakshmi
Chocolate or vanilla:
Ketchup or mustard:
Coffee or tea:
Eggs, Avocado, Fruit, Saurerkraut
Favorite seasoning or herb:
Cumin and Cilantro
(Photos have been posted with permission. All photos are property of Everyday Maven)