20 Questions with Becky from Olives ‘n’ Wine

Becky at Olives 'n' Wine

Hi! I’m Becky from over at Olives ‘n’ Wine – a blog where I share my passion for keeping a balanced life through eating well, tasting great wine, staying active, and traveling to new places – and I’m excited to be participating in the Herb on Herbs Food Blogger Survey! 🙂

 

-Tell us about your blog and why it’s great:

Olives ‘n’ Wine includes a little bit of everything about healthy living – recipes (some healthy, some not-so-healthy!), fitness, travel and wine. I love inspiring others to live not only a healthy life but also a realistic one. We don’t have to give up our favorite things (chocolate and wine for me!) in order to have a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle!

-What is your favorite food/recipe? Least favorite?

Oooh… this one is a tough one! My overall favorite foods are chocolate, peanut butter, sushi and Mexican! Oh and wine… you can’t forget the wine! And yes, in case you’re wondering, wine counts as a food 😉 Some of my favorite recipes on my blog are my Flourless Chocolate Cake, my Spicy Chicken & Soba Noodle Salad and my Monster Cookie Cupcakes!

One thing that I really can’t stand is crème brulee. I know… It is a texture thing, blech!

-What is the first recipe you learned how to fix?

I think it was chocolate chip cookies or grilled cheese. I remember asking my mom how much flour, how much sugar, how many chocolate chips, etc. to add into the mixer! I, of course, ignored her on the amount of chocolate chips and dumped the entire bag into the mix! I’m a girl who loves her chocolate, what can I say? 😉

-Who taught you how to cook?

Honestly, I pretty much taught myself. My mom always cooked for us while we lived at home –and has some of the BEST comfort food recipes I have ever tasted! – but I like to try new recipes and experiment in the kitchen. I learn best when doing things myself so once I had money to try new, interesting ingredients (read: after grad school…), I began my cooking adventure.

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Pretty frosting. It sounds silly but I can’t seem to get it right! I can make some delicious tasting frosting but it never looks pretty on cupcakes or cakes. If anyone has any tips or tricks, send them my way!

-What is your spouse’s favorite meal that you cook?

Kyle loooves tacos so we typically have Taco Tuesday’s. It’s super easy so I’m not complaining that it is his favorite! I also make a freakin’ amazing (If I can do some bragging…) vegetarian Mexican casserole – recipe coming soon! – that we both love!

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

I have some serious issues when baking cookies. I have made some amazing cookie recipes in my time – check out my Biscoff Chip Cookies and my Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies! – but about 50% of the time I make cookies they fall flat and mush together. Total disaster zone.

I recently started baking cookies with a Silpat – silicon mat – and that has helped tremendously!

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

I love me some Giada De Laurentiis! The girl loves her wine plus her smile is contagious. You can’t not be happy while watching her cook!

-Who is your favorite food blogger?

Oh I have SO many! I think Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction is my all-time favorite – I have a major sweet tooth! But I also love The Cooking Actress, Clean Eating Veggie Girl, Iowa Girl Eats and The Lean Green Bean.

-What is your day job?

Ugh, do I have to have one? Yes? Okay…

I work in merchandising and marketing for every woman’s favorite retailer – Target!! I was previously on the One Spot Team (who doesn’t love the $1 section??!) and now I am on the Target.com Digital Marketing Team.

-If you could cook/bake all day instead of your day job, would you?

Refer to answer above. HECK YES!!! Although, I’d need a lot of friends who would be willing to be taste-testers… I can see that job being veeerrrryyy dangerous for the waistline 😉

-What is your favorite restaurant?

Another toughie! I am a huge foodie and love to try new restaurants with my husband every weekend. Luckily, one of the great things Minneapolis offers are an abundance of delicious and unique restaurants!

My all-time favorite restaurant is Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Seriously, if you’re ever in Puerto Rico, go directly from the airport to this restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!

-If you had your own cooking show, what would you call it?

Olives ‘n’ Wine, of course! I think it’s catchy. Plus, I’d recommend a wine pairing for everything I cooked on the show. Who doesn’t love a little vino with a 2pm cooking show??! 😉

-What is your favorite part about food blogging? Least favorite?

The community is by far my absolute favorite! I have met so many amazing women through blogging over the past 7 months. It is truly incredible. I could get all emotional on you here and gush about my beautiful blends (Blogger + Friend = Blend) but all I am going to say is that if you’re considering blogging, start! You will not be alone and it is seriously a life-changing experience.

My least favorite thing would probably be the comparison trap. It is hard to not see the “big” bloggers out there and attempt to compare your blog to theirs. Everyone and every blog is different so it is important to do what is best for you and your blog!

-What is something (food or blog related) that you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t yet?

Drink wine in Napa Valley (I’ll be doing this in JULY!!!!! I’m a little excited!) and in Italy and in Spain and in Australia. I obviously want to drink a lot of wine in a lot of cool places 😉 I’ll travel to all of these destinations eventually – Who wants to join me?

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

I’m not a huge milk fan… I do, however, enjoy a good vanilla almond milk. Does that count?

-Comfort food of choice?

Gooey, cheesy lasagna or Mexican-anything or grilled cheese or… heck, anything unhealthy and creamy with lots and lots of cheese will comfort me!

-Sweet or savory?

Can I have both? I love sweets but I can only have so much sweet at one sitting. Give me something savory, bread and olive oil, Chex Mix or Gardettos or a bag of chips, and I can’t stop!

-What is your favorite herb?

I have so many! Dill for my tzatziki, basil for caprese salad and pasta sauce and mint for refreshing mojitos.

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Thank you, Becky for participating! I enjoyed reading your answers. I can also say that I often STILL ignore the amount of chocolate chips required in recipes 😉

Don’t forget, you can catch Becky over at Olives ‘n’ Wine!


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4 comments on “20 Questions with Becky from Olives ‘n’ Wine

  1. Mrs. Herb on said:

    Becky – I would LOVE your tzatziki recipe! I got to visit Greece two years ago and fell in love with it, but haven’t attempted to make it yet!!!

  2. Thanks for the feature!! 🙂 I’ll make sure to get my tzatziki recipe up on the blog as soon as my dill is ready – another week or two!!

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  4. Awww my blend! You mentioned me! So sweet 😀

    And Target?? whaaat? HOOK A GIRL UP 😛

    (also…hehe…I think you misunderstood the chocolate question and thought it was about milk lol <3)

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