Happy Friday! This week’s featured foodie is another blogger I have recently started following, Sasha from http://www.akitcheninbrooklyn.com. I love the idea of having guest contributors from around the world and know that I will learn a lot from Sasha’s blog. We also share an obsession with blog stats and lack of patience, which I know I am slowly trying to overcome!
Plus, one of her favorite posts is about Napa, one of my favorite places, and the photo she chose is with a glass of wine. A blogger after my own heart?
First off, thanks Meghan for including me as this week’s Friday Featured Foodie on TravelEatLove!
How long have you been blogging?
I am new to blogging, but I have been cooking for quite some time now and consider myself to be a pretty big foodie by this point. Over Thanksgiving, someone suggested that I start a food blog, and thus A Kitchen In Brooklyn was born from my own kitchen in Brooklyn. I have a lot of friends who like to cook, eat and write, so I decided to have a large group of guest contributors on A Kitchen In Brooklyn, who would write from twice a week to every other month from their kitchens around the globe. Now, in addition to me, there are 16 “guest writers” who write from their kitchens in Toronto, Boston, Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Jersey City, Long Island, Budapest, Dublin, Sun Valley Idaho, Seattle and Philadelphia.
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love to write. That’s actually the true reason I went to law school and blogging about food and cooking is a great way to share my dual passions for cooking and writing. I love both planning the meals, preparing the food and writing about it – the entire process. What I love most about A Kitchen In Brooklyn is that I have such a great group of friends/contributors to share this passion with – I love reading everyone’s contributions from our diverse culinary backgrounds and geographic locations. I really enjoy reading other cooking blogs for the same reason and meeting other foodies through food blog networking as well – it’s a great way to learn about cooking and to learn new recipes. I love sharing my own recipes on my site in a way that I can make it easy for readers to understand and replicate them.
I’ve been lucky enough in not to have encountered any of the bad stuff in blogging, so far. I just want readers to enjoy my site and learn about different recipes, cooking techniques and to have fun!
It’s easy to get obsessed with daily analytics, so I am trying to avoid that and let the blog grow and come of age on its own, which requires a little bit of patience.
What has been your most fun blog post to write?
Each week I seem to have a new favorite. I wrote a travel-food review post on food and wine from a trip to Napa Valley when I first started A Kitchen In Brooklyn, that was a lot of fun to write. I love writing about food and travel, which means that I need to work out ways to take more vacations!
On the recipe side, my current favorites this week are my chocolate raspberry soufflé, a post on Marcus Samuelsson’s mini meatballs, and my sushi cupcakes post (cupcakes crafted by me to look like sushi!). Painting the fondant on that last post was so fun! These were all great fun to write up.
Where do you see your blog this time next year?
I hope that I will continue improving my photography and food presentation skills. I would love for my blog readership (still very young) to continue to increase and for my blog to become a place where people frequently comment and ask questions about cooking and anything food related. I hope to have more readers to share our recipes with each day.
Is there anything else about your blogging experience you would like to share?
Thanks to Meghan for this amazing opportunity to reflect on blogging, food and cooking. I have really enjoyed reading TravelEatLove, which makes me hungry for more travel and food experiences abroad.
I am amazed at what a rewarding opportunity blogging has been since the beginning. I never thought I would be much of a blogger, but it turns out that I have such a passion for writing, cooking and food that it is perfect and I have become a very prolific blogger. It’s great to do what I love each day and share it to help others cook at home too.
Interested in being the next Featured Foodie? Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please consider my charity raffle! $10/ticket at http://firstgiving.com/meghanmalloyteamally
The prizes so far? A custom me & goji mix, a one month membership to Healthworks fitness, a case of wine from Wine Cellars of Stoneham, a tour and private tasting for 10 at Westport Rivers Winery, and a $100 Williams Sonoma gift certificate. There aren’t a ton of entries, so there is a good chance of winning!