Rachel from Rachel Cooks is joining us today for a quick interview. If you haven’t checked out Rachel Cooks, you need to ASAP! Rachel has all sorts of incredible recipes and beautiful photos. I think I could go for a big slice of her Blueberry Pie, right now!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m a wife (my husband is a USMC veteran and is now a high school principal) and a mom of two toddlers. My son is one and my daughter is 3 and I am busy! Such fun and exhausting ages. Before I became a stay at home mom, I went to school for seven and a half years and became a doctor of physical therapy. I still pull a few shifts at the hospital here and there, but mainly I stay at home to spend my time raising my kids. Between the kids, the hospital, and the blog, there is never a dull moment. Just the way I like it.
Can you tell me a little bit about your blog?
I started blogging after my daughter was born and my little passion for cooking has turned into a full-blown job. One that I absolutely love. I am so incredibly grateful to have a place where I can share my love for cooking and baking with whomever would like to listen to me run my mouth. My blog features mainly family-friendly recipes that aren’t going to have you slaving over the stove all day long. There’s a little bit of everything on my site — I believe in everything in moderation except for coffee and popcorn, of course.
What do you like most about blogging? What do you NOT like about blogging?
I love blogging for so many reasons but one of the biggest reasons is my readers. I love connecting with people through food and it means so much to me when I get an email from a reader telling me that they made and loved one of my recipes. I also love the food blogging community. I’ve made so many amazing friends and I am so grateful for that.
What I don’t like about blogging — hmmm…tax time. I don’t like tax time.
What would be one tip you would give to someone who was thinking about starting a blog?
The one tip I would give a new blogger is to just dive in. Don’t worry about being perfect and certainly don’t worry about spreading your newest post across all the social media platforms. Just cook. And write. And cook some more. And write some more. Get a good feel for everything and then worry about the details.
What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve created?
Some of my favorite recipes are:
Sweet Potato Chips in the Microwave (a healthy snack in minutes!)
Shish Tawook (one of my favorite Lebanese carry-out meals made at home)
Fresh Blueberry Pie (just because it’s the best way to eat blueberry pie)
Homemade Taco Seasoning (we go through this like water)
Slow Cooker Refried Beans (Fat free! Never buy the cans again.)
Where do you get ideas for your new recipes?
I find inspiration every where — books, the internet, restaurants…but mostly I am inspired by food itself. I see an interesting ingredient or a particularly juicy looking tomato and I grab it, bring it home (pay for it first, of course) and create a fun new recipe with it.
Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now?
Such a tough question! I’m so thankful for everything I have experienced this far, I can only hope and pray that I’ll be just as happy in five years.
Speed round….first thing that pops into your head!
Favorite cookbook (other than your own if you have one):
The Flavor Bible (if that counts)
Chocolate or vanilla:
Ketchup or mustard:
Coffee or tea:
Oatmeal with Berries
Favorite seasoning or herb:
(Photos have been posted with permission. All photos are property of Rachel Cooks)