Jane from This Week for Dinner is stopping by for my latest food blogger interview. Not sure how she does it all! Besides having small children and a blog, she also writes fro Babble and Cosmopolitan! She’s also sharing some fabulous recipes so be sure to check out her site and connect with her on social media!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m married to a surfer scientist and we live in the San Diego area with our three kids, two girls (6, 9) and a boy (2 – the cutest age ever!). In previous lives I worked in communications and graphic design. I started my food blog over 7 years ago and have been doing work related to my blog every since, like writing for Babble and Cosmopolitan.com. My hobbies are trying to survive life and eat as much chocolate as possible.
Can you tell me a little bit about your blog?
I started blogging in January of 2007 and didn’t start a blog to, you know, “start a blog.” Blogger was free and I wanted an easy way to share my menu plans with my brother if I ever happened to put one together. 7 years later the weekly menu posts are still going strong! I also post whatever recipes happen to be in our lives.
What do you like most about blogging? What do you NOT like about blogging?
I love working from home and I love the amazing opportunities that blogging has opened up for me. I’ve worked from home for almost 10 years now and the one thing I don’t love (which isn’t specific to blogging but to working from home in general) is that there are little to no boundaries between work life and home life. That said, I wouldn’t go back to a corporate office if I could help it!
What would be one tip you would give to someone who was thinking about starting a blog?
Keep it authentic and just write about what you love! If you don’t feel like writing, don’t force it. Keep it fun and engaging for yourself, that’s the only way to make it sustainable.
What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve created?
Murgh Makhani is my crowning achievement recipe! I loved this butter chicken that a local Indian restaurant made where we used to live and I became obsessed with re-creating it at home. This recipe is really quite wonderful and worth the effort.
This Honey Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions is probably my most favorite food IN THE WORLD. Not exaggerating.
A recent creation was Banana and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast. So easy, so delectable.
Where do you get ideas for your new recipes?
I usually create new recipes because I want to figure out how to make something I love from a restaurant or store at home!
Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now?
I sure hope I’m still planning our weekly menus – our family eats so much better because my blog keeps me accountable in terms of making dinner for my family every week! And, hopefully by then, I’ll finally have written my book! (I better have!!!)
Speed round….first thing that pops into your head!
Favorite cookbook (other than your own if you have one):
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Chocolate or vanilla:
Ketchup or mustard:
Coffee or tea:
Whole wheat toast with homemade jam
Favorite seasoning or herb:
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