Brandi from BranAppetit is here today for a quick interview and sharing some of her favorite recipes. Her breakfast casserole looks perfect for spring or Easter morning! Be sure to check out her site and all her great recipes!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
My name is Brandi and I blog, cook, and do the dishes over at BranAppetit! Besides cooking (and eating) my biggest hobbies are reading, playing music, shopping, and spending time with family. I currently blog part time while my 8-5 as a digital content specialist/communications manager keeps me busy all day during the week.
Can you tell me a little bit about your blog?
It’s still a mystery to me how I ended up having a food blog – I couldn’t cook at all 9 years ago when I got married. But I started learning and got hooked on Food Network and cookbooks, and I’ve never looked back. I started my blog on a cold, cold winter night over 4 years ago and I’ve loved every minute. I originally started the blog to share recipes with family in one place, and it’s turned into so much more.
What do you like most about blogging? What do you NOT like about blogging?
My favorite part of blogging is two-fold: one is simply having a creative outlet and a constant space for me to create and share recipes and stories; two is the community. I have made some incredible friends through blogging, some of which are now best friends, and I’m so thankful for them. The most challenging part is balance. Since I do work full time, coming home to get on a computer again to write a post is not usually what I want do every night. Finding that balance between working / living / cooking is tough, and it’s a daily struggle.
What would be one tip you would give to someone who was thinking about starting a blog?
Don’t get into food blogging for the money! If you’re interested in cooking or food – at all – I think blogging is a great creative outlet, especially for those of us who aren’t working in the food industry. The biggest piece of advice I have for bloggers, or those who want to be bloggers, is to join in the community. There are some incredible bloggers out there – meet them, find people in your area, go to conferences, shake hands or hug, make face to face friendships. You won’t be sorry. Also – forget the numbers. If you want to blog, blog. If you want to cook and take pictures and write….do it. Don’t do it to see how many views you can get. Your audience will find you, and if you’re doing things that you love, everything will happen as it should.
What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve created?
Some of my favorites:
Where do you get ideas for your new recipes?
These can come from anywhere: magazines I’m reading, shows we’re watching, an idea I have while eating a dish I’ve already made, a new flavor combination that just sounds good, food I’ve had in dreams, etc.
Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now?
In 5 years, my blog will be almost 10 years old – and that’s crazy! I hope I’m still blogging and cooking up a storm. I would love to be creating recipes and blogging as my main job – I guess we’ll see what happens!
Speed round….first thing that pops into your head!
Favorite cookbook (other than your own if you have one):
I use Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything quite a bit
Chocolate or vanilla:
Ketchup or mustard:
Coffee or tea:
Eggs and fruit or oatmeal
Favorite seasoning or herb:
Ancho chili powder or smoked paprika
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