Great food blogger interview for you today. Sarah from Sarah’s Cucina Bella is sharing some of her blogging tips and some of her favorite recipes. Be sure to check out her site and visit her on social media!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
When I was in college, my roommates introduced me to all these different cuisines — and I was always up for trying something new. And that extended after college too. As an eater, I am super adventurous (I will try anything once). Originally from New York, I have a great love of super thin crust pizza, street hot dogs and hot pretzels.
My kids and I live in Maine now, which makes my lobster-loving self crazy happy. We’ve recently moved here and fallen in love with the slower pace and more laid back atmosphere.
I love the beach and all bodies of water. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sand between the toes to brighten a day. My kids are also big beach and water lovers too. And we all also love farmers markets, so we go often.
I also love to read, and am always digging into new books. Right now, I am reading The Best Food Writing 2013.
When I am not in the kitchen, I am a huge football fan (go Raiders!) and am addicted to the ABC show Revenge — I even have a standing IM date with Maris Callahan from In Good Taste whenever it’s on.
In addition to blogging and freelance writing, I’m the Senior Features Editor for the Bangor Daily News, a statewide paper in Maine. My department covers outdoors, arts, culture, food, family and wellness. And in addition to my editorial responsibilities, I write a food column called Maine Course.
Can you tell me a little bit about your blog?
I created Sarah’s Cucina Bella in 2005 shortly after my son, Will, was born. I had just left my job as a reporter for the New Haven Register and was trying to figure out what was next. Food writing sounded interesting I started a food blog. I never, ever imagined I would be still writing it nearly nine years later.
Sarah’s Cucina Bella is all about home cooking for the modern family. I stick to doable recipes that almost anyone can make. A lot of them fall into the quick and easy recipe category, but my focus is really on creating high-flavor, delicious recipes that won’t keep you in the kitchen all day.
What do you like most about blogging? What do you NOT like about blogging?
I love my readers. It’s amazing how a community springs up around you when you blog. And blogging has also introduced me to many great friends over the years. What do I not like about it? Google algorithms.
What would be one tip you would give to someone who was thinking about starting a blog?
Before you launch, prepare 10-12 posts. It will probably take you some time, but having that backlog of ready to go material will make launching much easier and it will give you a taste of what it’s like to blog. Also, have define your goals. Why do you want to blog? What’s do you want from it?
What are some of your favorite recipes you’ve created?
Where do you get ideas for your new recipes?
Everywhere! Sometimes it’s as simple as seeing a ripe tomato at the farmers market and getting a great idea for how to use it. Other times, I am inspired by the food and restaurants I enjoy when eating out. Sometimes it’s something I’ve read. And sometimes, it’s my kids saying “What if we …”
Where do you see you and your blog 5 years from now?”
What a great question! Five years from now, I expect to still be blogging. SCB will undoubtedly have a new look and logo by then. And hopefully, I will have a few books out too.
Speed round….first thing that pops into your head!
Favorite cookbook (other than your own if you have one):
Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa at Home
Depends on the day, but generally sushi!
Chocolate or vanilla:
Ketchup or mustard:
Coffee or tea:
A banana and coffee or a KIND bar and coffee
Favorite seasoning or herb:
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