Another great interview for you! Today I’m interviewing Amy from Very Culinary. Her pictures are gorgeous and her food sounds scrumptious so be sure to check her site out too!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I am a graphic designer, turned stay-at-home mom, turned food blogger. Pre-kids, I worked for a major record label and also a minor league baseball team – which is where I met my future husband (and father…and taste-tester.) And boy, do I have stories!
I’m a sucker for all animals, a good non-fiction book, a funny joke, the smell of freshly baked bread, and pie. Any kind.
Can you tell me a little bit about your blog?
Back in 2009, I was always supplying the food for gatherings and playdates, and frequently asked for the recipes. My husband, Paul, encouraged me to start cataloging them all online, and the rest is history. What started as a hobby has consumed my life…er…I mean, become my full time job. HA.
I seem to have misplaced my sous chef. Oh, you too? Ya. I live in the real world with kids, dogs, a house, and no time to work on dinner for 3 hours. So I’m always on a mission to create easy delicious meals, using mostly fresh ingredients, that don’t leave you exhausted at the end. I would say 85% of my recipes require no more than 15 minutes of prep time, and no more than an hour total time.
In hindsight, I should have named my blog something different. I think Very Culinary gives the impression that I’m all sophisticated, but…um. No. Culinary just means “”of, or for cooking”” and I’m all about that.
What do you like most about blogging? What do you NOT like about blogging?
Besides getting paid to cook, eat, and share good food, right? I would say, the friends I’ve made. The camaraderie in the food blogging community is amazing. And also? I LOVE my Facebook followers. I would play with them all day long if I could.
Along those lines, I find keeping up with all my social media channels and visiting the countless blogs I subscribe to, is incredibly challenging!
What would be one tip you would give to someone who was thinking about starting a blog?
Be your own voice! Don’t feel like you have to follow every trend; be yourself and it will come naturally. Also? (can I have a second tip, please???) Don’t start for the money. Recipe development, taking pretty pictures, editing, writing, and social media are a lot of work. It can take a very long time before you find your place among a sea of other food bloggers, and have a unique voice to offer brands who pay. Start because you are truly passionate about food and cooking!
What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve created?
Where do you get ideas for your new recipes?”
I’m a magazine hoarder. Paul and I will actually hire a babysitter, so we can spend an evening at the bookstore – I gather up all the latest cooking magazines, plop myself down in a chair, and everyone around me becomes invisible. Bliss! I love looking through every page and seeing what to make, as is, or how I can change it up to accommodate my own taste. And, of course, my fabulous fellow food bloggers (say that 10x fast) provide a wealth of ideas.
Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now?”
Um, probably 10 pounds heavier! Lol. Oh goodness, I don’t know. Just want to keep loving it and doing my thing.
Speed round….first thing that pops into your head!
Favorite cookbook (other than your own if you have one):
right now it’s The Ultimate Panini Press (by Kathy at Panini Happy)
Chocolate or vanilla:
Ketchup or mustard:
Coffee or tea:
asparagus or sweet peas
cinnamon toast during the week – pancakes or eggs on the weekends
Favorite seasoning or herb:
(Photos have been posted with permission. All photos are property of Very Culinary)