Super excited to have Joan from the super popular Chocolate, Chocolate and more here today for my latest food blogger interview. Joan is such a sweetheart and I know you’ll love her recipes! I have been drooling over her brownies (see below but get a napkin first…) since I first saw the recipe!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Mom to 3 busy teens, we live in small town rural Georgia. I’ve always been involved in sales and marketing. My favorite job (before creating Chocolate, Chocolate and more) was being special events coordinator for our town. I was in charge of the Christmas parade, The Easter Egg hunt, our Farmer’s Market, Halloween, ribbon cuttings, if it was an “event” I was part of it. I’m a people person and love to be part of all the excitement.
Can you tell me a little bit about your blog?
Chocolate, Chocolate and more started as a summer project with my girls to bake something new every day and keep it fun. I wanted to make sure they had the basic skills in the kitchen and also to develop in them, the same love for baking I have. Now I get to share that same love for baking (and sweets) with people all over the world. And my site is mainly sweets. Cakes, Cookies, Bars, pies…I do occasionally share a main dish or a seasonal salad. I do have to feed my family after all!
What do you like most about blogging? What do you NOT like about blogging?
Having a food related web site has opened up the world to me through the internet. The friendships I’ve made with both other bloggers and readers is precious. We share stories, inspiration and support.
For me, the worst part about blogging is anything technical. I want to be in the kitchen baking, not figuring out why my site is slow or a photo is showing. Having a tech person has been invaluable to me.
What would be one tip you would give to someone who was thinking about starting a blog?
Make sure you are blogging about something you truly love. There’s never a guarantee that you’ll make a living from blogging and that shouldn’t be your main motivation for starting a web site. The motivation should be wanting to share your talent and your passion with others.
What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve created?
Where do you get ideas for your new recipes?
I have all my Grandma’s old cookbooks. I love scouring through them and trying to figure out the recipes. (Back then, directions were mix everything together and bake.) The recipes don’t always turn out but I love trying. I also am inspired by magazines and my children’s requests.
Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now?
My site will still be sharing great recipes for sweets. Baking isn’t something you can just give up. I’ll have more travel posts but always connecting with the food. I’ll publish a cookbook with my favorite chocolate recipes, of course it’ll be a best seller!
Speed round….first thing that pops into your head!
Favorite cookbook (other than your own if you have one):
Forrest Gump-My Favorite Chocolate Recipes
Chocolate or vanilla:
Ketchup or mustard:
not a big fan of either
Coffee or tea:
fresh corn on the cob
coffee and toast-big breakfasts are for the weekends (or for dinner!)
Favorite seasoning or herb:
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