20 Questions with Taylor Ellingson from Greens and Chocolate!

Taylor Ellingson

Hey!  It’s time yet again for another 20 Questions post, this time from the lovely Taylor Ellingson over at Greens and Chocolate.  This is one beautiful blog, from the layout to the photos Taylor takes!  Her recipes are healthy but tasty and, well, I’ll let her tell you a little more about herself:

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

My blog, greens and chocolate, is all about balancing out the healthy (that’s the ‘greens’) and the not-so-healthy (the ‘chocolate’).  It really encompasses my outlook on a healthy lifestyle.  I love eating healthy, but I also love my dessert and I truly believe in a balanced diet there is room for dessert.

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

Such a hard question!  I’d say my favorite foods are chocolate, kale, and bananas.  Oh and squash!  I love all types of squash.  Least favorite: Any recipe with condensed soup in it…bleh.

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

I remember cooking a Bruschetta Stuffing Chicken recipe with my college roommate that we found on the back of a box of stuffing.  Yeah it wasn’t very good.

-Who taught you how to cook?

While I watched my mom and dad cook growing up, I’d say I’m mostly self-taught.  I didn’t really have a big interest in cooking or baking until college, and that’s when I started experimenting in the kitchen.

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

 Macarons!  I can’t imagine myself being able to make them.

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

 Ribs and macaroni and cheese.  Happens about twice a year.

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

Just one?  Ha.  I remember when I was in high school and I was trying to make a boxed pasta salad.  I didn’t read the directions completely and didn’t drain the pasta from the pasta water.  It was, um, soupy.  There was also the time my springform pan wasn’t completely closed tight and I went to put the cheesecake in the oven and it ended up tipping onto my floor.  It was a mess.

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?  

Jamie Oliver.  He cooks healthy food that tastes good and looks good doing it!

-Who is your favorite food blogger?

 Too many to choose from…I wouldn’t even know where to begin!

-What is your day job?

 I work full time as a physical therapist.

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

I’ll be honest – YES!  I mean, I love my day job but who wouldn’t want to cook and bake all day?!

-What is your favorite restaurant?

Living in the Twin Cities there are SO many options for restaurants.  I’d say my favorites are Bar La Grassa and Blue Door Pub.

-If you were going to open up a restaurant or bakery, what kind of place would it be?  What would you call it?

 I’d open up a bakery but I have no idea what I would call it.  I can be so indecisive that I would take weeks to decide!!

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

 Never would happen.  I’m too camera shy and I hate seeing myself on video!

-What is your favorite part about food blogging?

Having fun in the kitchen!  It’s great having an extra motivation to experiment and try new things as well as sharing my successes with readers.

Least favorite?  

The pressure to keep up with food trends and create new and exciting recipes.  Some days I would just like to cook dinner and not worry about taking pictures.

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

Eat my way through Italy.

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Dark chocolate.

-Comfort food of choice?

 Thanksgiving dinner.  All of it.

-Sweet or savory?


-What is your favorite herb?


Thanks, Taylor!  I’m totally with you on the least favorite thing about blogging…sometimes I just want to cook the same old thing and eat it without taking pictures!

Anyway, hop on over to Greens and Chocolate!  You’ll be glad you did.

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