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20 Questions with Will from Junior High Foodie

Will from Junior High Foodie

 

Will is an up and coming food blogger who, as his name suggests, is in junior high! He has a ton of fun personality that comes through in his blog posts, and he is already super talented! If he keeps this up, he is going to be one successful fellow! Learn a little bit more about Will below, and be sure to visit his food blog at Junior High Foodie!

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

I started my blog last summer as a way to have something to do, as I was often the only one at home, with my parents and brother working. I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. I took my first picture of food on my floor with my iPhone camera. I gradually made improvements in blogging and now it is really fun for me to do. Being in middle school, I don’t post as often as I’d like to, but unfortunately school comes first.

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

My favorite food would have to be sesame chicken with either fried rice or lo mein. My least favorite food is anything that has to do with peanut butter or cilantro. If there was something that had both, I would most likely pass out at the sight of it.

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

Spaghetti and meatballs. I’m pretty sure I was four, but I was mainly just helping my mom.

-Who taught you how to cook?

My mother, but I taught myself how to cook a lot of things.

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Macaroons. I made them once and they were perfect and I could never get them to come out like that again. At least I blogged them!

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

My homemade tacos (hint hint future blog post) or my lamb pasta (hint hint double future blog post)

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

One summer, I decided I wanted to make pita chips, so I made some, and the recipe I found online said to put them under the broiler. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that you are supposed to keep the door ajar when using the broiler. So I closed the door and minutes later there was smoke fuming out of the stove and as I ran to the stove, flames started jumping out. Thank god my parents were home, who grabbed the fire extinguisher. That was bad, but I definitely learned my lesson to be careful. And luckily there was no damage to my house. Except that cookie sheet is a little worse for wear.

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Either Kelsey Nixon or Laura Vitale.

 -Who is your favorite food blogger?

Probably Lindsay from Pinch of Yum or Jessica from How Sweet it is.

-What is your day job?

I don’t have a day job, considering I still go to middle school.

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

Yes. School is like prison.

-What is your favorite restaurant?

La Bonne Soup in NYC. Without a doubt.

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

It would be a taco shop and it would be called Paco’s Tacos. Not even kidding.

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

Will Yum

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

Photographing the food, and seeing the traffic come to my site. That’s so rewarding.

My least favorite part is all the time it takes to blog.

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

I really want to make an online shop with like aprons and mugs and stuff like that that have Will * YUM* printed on them.

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Milk chocolate. But it needs hazelnuts in it.

-Comfort food of choice?

Mac and Cheese.

-Sweet or savory?

Savory

-What is your favorite herb?

Basil, totally.

 

Thank you, Will, for spending some time with us!

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?

Sweet.

-What is your favorite herb?

Basil.

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.

20 Questions with Nicole Lisson from Young, Broke, and Hungry

Nicole Lisson

It’s time yet again for another interview with a fun, featured blogger!  I stumbled across Nicole’s blog Young, Broke, and Hungry a few months ago and became an instant fan!  Her blog title is self-explanatory, and I’ll let her fill you in on the rest!

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

Young, Broke and Hungry is a modern day guide to living on a budget.  I feature recipes that are easy to whip up, no matter how small your kitchen is and on Sundays I do either two of the following: Young and thrifty which showcases DIY Projects or cheap eats, restaurants that cost under thirty bucks for two people.

 

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

My favorite food is chocolate but strangely enough I am not huge on chocolate recipes. They are too rich for me. 

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

Oh man…I don’t think my memory goes back that far. Probably quesadilla’s since it’s as easy as 1,2,3. 

 

-Who taught you how to cook?

Honestly? The free cooking magazines at my local library taught me how to cook but my mom distilled the value of being fearless in the kitchen. She is known to fly by the seat of her pants when it comes cooking or baking.

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Croissants! All that folding of the dough and waiting. I don’t have the patience.

 

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

Since its just me, whatever I am in the mood for!

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

My most common kitchen disaster is burning my arm on a hot surface. I am incredibly accident-prone.

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

I don’t necessarily have a favorite. There are so many great chefs out there that are doing amazing things with food.

-Who is your favorite food blogger?

The Domestic Rebel always has creative dessert recipes that make me scratch my head in awe. Also, Haley is a kickass person with a personality that shines brightly. 

-What is your day job?

I am a lifestyle writer for The Capitol Hill Times and romance writer at night. 

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

I am lucky enough that I already do that! Part of my day job is to develop recipes for the gastro 101 section of The Capitol Hill Times.

-What is your favorite restaurant?

Wandering Goose. It’s this great southern restaurant down the street from me. They sell a mean biscuits with gravy.

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

The Brown Banana, a bakery that specializes in banana bread.

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

Young, Broke and Hungry. 

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

My favorite thing about food blogging is being part of a wonderful community of people and to share my recipes with my readers. My least favorite part that I struggle with everyday is the comparison factor. Why aren’t I getting twenty thousand hits a day when so and so is? What I am doing wrong? Lately though I have turned it around into something positive. Instead of comparing, I have been learning from the success of other food bloggers. 

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

Learn how to make éclairs. Choux dough seems complicated but I heard its not and I would love try my hand at it.

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Dark Chocolate with sea salt. 

-Comfort food of choice?

Orzo pasta with butter. My mom used to make it for me when I was sick and to this day, I reach for it when I need some comfort in my life.

-Sweet or savory?

I’ll have to say both! Chicken and waffles is the greatest dish known to man. Oh! And bacon smothered in maple syrup.

-What is your favorite herb?

Rosemary. No question about it.

 

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Thanks Nicole!  You just made me want nothing more but a large bowl of Orzo pasta with butter…how Heavenly!  I also like the dark chocolate with sea salt…yum!  Everyone go over and check out Nicole’s blog!

20 Questions with Lindsay from Vegan Yumminess

Lindsay from Vegan Yumminess

Hello! We have another fun interview for you today. Lindsay, a fellow food blogger, shares her delicious vegan recipes over at Vegan Yumminess. Take it away, Lindsay!

 

-Tell us about your blog and why it’s great:
I started Vegan Yumminess last October as a way to keep myself from going insane from being home alone all day with a colicky infant. Vegan Yumminess has been a great avenue for me to meet new friends and share my passion for vegan food and locally grown produce with the world.

-What is your favorite food/recipe? Least favorite?
My favorite food changes from day to day, literally. But right now, I’m craving this strawberry coconut vegan ice “cream” from Trader Joe’s. I’m thinking about creating my own homemade version of it with my new ice cream maker tomorrow. I’m SO excited!

My least favorite food…That’s a hard one. It’s kind of a given that I don’t really eat meat or dairy. So, other than that, I would have to say that I do NOT like durian. It is a strange tropical fruit that my husband grew up eating regularly in Thailand. Durian, to me, smells like rotten garlic and onions, and tastes like spoiled beans. Bleck!

-What is the first recipe that you learned how to fix?
 Blueberry muffins from a boxed mix by Betty Crocker

-Who taught you how to cook?
My mom is definitely the one who taught me how to cook, along with the occasional cooking show on TV.

 -What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?
Vegan cinnamon rolls or sweet rolls scare me silly sometimes. I haven’t had a whole lot of them turn out. I’m still hopeful and working on it, though.

 -What is your spouse’s/family’s favorite meal that you cook?
My husband LOVES lentil soup.

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap
Oh boy… When I was in high school, I attended a tiny boarding academy in Arkansas. I worked in the cafeteria every afternoon and made granola for the entire school–roughly 40 students. One day, I got a date pit mixed into the wet ingredients for the granola. I got the bright idea to pour the wet ingredients through a strainer to retrieve the date pit and continue cooking. Yep. I poured the wet ingredients through the strainer and right down the drain. I forgot to put a bowl beneath my strainer. Woops.

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?
Probably Giada. Although, I don’t watch much TV at all.

-Who is your favorite food blogger?
Hmm….Lindsay from Pinch of Yum is definitely one of my favorites. In the vegan realm, I love Kristy from Keepin It Kind. I don’t read her blog too terribly often, but I love her relaxed writing style, her sweet smile, and her husband’s amazing photography.

-What is your day job?
In March of 2012, I passed my boards to become a family nurse practitioner. However, I worked as a staff nurse until May, 2012, when I quit my hospital job to stay home with my little princess after she was born. Nowadays, I’m a stay at home mom, part time NP job hunter (verrry part time…:p), and food blogger.

 -If you could cook/bake all day instead of your day job, would you?
Nope. I love cooking and baking, but if it was the only thing I did all day, I think it would lose its luster.

-What is your favorite restaurant?
I love little hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurants.

 -What is your favorite part about food blogging? Least favorite?
I love having an excuse to try something new in the kitchen. I love the satisfaction I get when someone tells me that he/she tried my recipe and loved the results. I hate frustrating photo shoots and cleaning up huge kitchen messes. One day, I’m going to write a blog post all about my disastrous kitchen after long photo shoots. It gets really crazy sometimes.

 -What is something (food or blog related) that you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t yet?
The last several months I’ve been dreaming about writing my own e-book or cookbook. I’m not sure if or when it will happen, but I’m excited about the prospects.

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?
I verrrry rarely eat chocolate, but if I had to chose, it would probably be dark chocolate.

-Comfort food of choice?
Love me some popsicles or vegan ice cream!

 -Sweet or savory?
Both!

 -What is your favorite herb?
Basil, hands down.

 

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Thanks for sharing your answers with us, Lindsay! I definitely agree on basil – my favorite herb. It seems like Giada is quite the popular celebrity chef amongst our interviewees!

Don’t forget to check out Lindsay’s blog with delicious Vegan recipes and beautiful photographs over at Vegan Yumminess!

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!

20 Questions with The Cooking Actress

There are cooks who act and there are actresses who cook, and Kayle over at The Cooking Actress is the latter!  I stumbled across her fun blog a few months ago and immediately fell in love with her yummy recipes and bubbly personality.

The Cooking Actress

HerbonHerbs asked her to join in our 20 Questions fun, and here is what she came up with:

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

My blog is “The Cooking Actress“-which is named such because I’m an actress and I love whipping up crave-worthy food! My blog is all about food that tastes delicious. Point blank. End o story. Food that makes you happy and feel good, that’s what life is all about!

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

Ahhh that’s a tough one. I love Italian food. I love sweets (chocolate and cookies primarily). Bread. Steak. Potatoes. All that good stuff. I’m also very picky and dislike a lot of foods: I don’t do entrails, brains, etc. I also hate seafood of all kinds, and most green veggies. And spicy food (and most ethnic foods).

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

Ah! Oh my. That wasn’t from a box? Probably one of the first was before I went away to school my mom taught me my grandma’s recipe for what we call “oil pasta” (or linguine con aglio e olio d’oliva: Linguine with garlic and olive oil). You cook olive oil and garlic and pour it over linguine. It’s not even really a recipe but it’s on the blog! Lol

-Who taught you how to cook?

Food blogs. Seriously. I grew up with a mom who, while amazing, mostly made food from boxed mixes and frozen things. My paternal grandmother did cook a lot, and I loved to watch her-but I never really learned most of it (I’m still working on getting the secrets from her!). I really got into cooking after I discovered, and fell in love with, reading food blogs.

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Macaroons. They’re terrifying. Also, croissants-they seem like a lot of work and also the vast amounts of butter is sort of scary.

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

Hmm a toughie. The boyfriend likes most things I make. One of our definite favorites is the Just Chicken Pot Pie, and on the sweet side I always have a batch of Easy (No Ice Cream Maker) 2+ Ingredient Ice Cream for him in the freezer.

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

Ahhh those are THE WORST! I know once I tried a recipe for mac n cheese that cooked in the milk and I just ended up with soggy, water logged noodles that fully fell apart. It was a bummer. Or another time I made chicken that had a recipe that called for WAY too much parsley. That was before I’d really gotten into cooking, now I’d know better than to add so much.

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

I actually don’t really have one? I’m so weird I don’t really follow that stuff.

Who is your favorite food blogger?

THIS I follow. And it’s so hard to pick! I’d have to say I’ve always felt a very strong pull towards Jessica of How Sweet It Is. She’s just SO hilarious and fun and entertaining, you feel like you’re gal pals when you read her blog. Plus: I’ve made like a bjillion of her amazing recipes.

-What is your day job?

I’m an actor, so yeah, there’s that. My actual day jobs include promotional modeling and babysitting, right now.

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

If I could just cook/bake and act I’d be happy.

-What is your favorite restaurant?

Cannot pick. Impossible. I live in NYC, so many options!

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

It would be a very tiny little bakery that was bright and warm and happy and fun! I’d really want people to feel very blissful and comfortable, and to be able to have yummy treats. But I’d def. want it to be super small because I would hate having to bake in mass quantities. And I have 0 clue what I’d call it!

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

Kayle’s Cooking? Too obvious?

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

I love the actual food, of course. And I adore the community, I’ve made so many wonderful friends! My only least favorite thing is I feel like I have to devote so much time to it, or the random troll-y people.

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

Meet ALL of my wonderful blog friends!

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Dark chocolate! I used to be a milk chocolate girl all the way, but then I intentionally started to try to eat more dark since it’s better for you and now I prefer it!

-Comfort food of choice?

All my foods are comfort foods 😀 But I mean chocolate or cookie dough probs.

-Sweet or savory?

Depends on my mood, I need both!

-What is your favorite herb?

Hmmm, possibly basil or chives.

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I loved reading through these answers, and I am certainly going to check out Kayle’s favorite blogger at How Sweet It Is.  Thanks Kayle for participating!

Saturday: 20 Questions With Sister Spice

Sister Spice

 

 

Before I say anything else, we here at HerbonHerbs want to give a big shout out to our readers because this week, we reached over 10,000 views!  Woo hoo!  We feel like this is a huge milestone in our blogging journey.  We hope to keep it up!

We’ve been taking some time here at HerbonHerbs to get to know one another a little bit. On Monday, Mrs. Herb posted 20 questions (with her answers) to help you, our reader, get to know her a little bit more. Now, it’s my turn, and you will soon see posts featuring some of our favorite bloggers and THEIR answers to the same questions. Fun, right? We thought so. Therefore, without further ado, here’s 20 questions with Sister Spice!

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

I think our blog is great because it’s perfect for the working woman/man; our recipes are usually simple and fast, and even though some are healthier than others, we try to be practical and real here, people!

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

My favorite food is the chicken nachos from Salsas in Asheville, North Carolina…my favorite recipe is my lasagna! My least favorite food is anything with nuts, especially water chestnuts: BLECK! The thought of them makes me sick!

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

I might’ve helped my Mama make cookies and such growing up, but the first recipe I ever fixed on my own is my mom’s chicken casserole. It’s really simple and uses canned chicken, and to this day it is my husband’s FAVORITE chicken casserole!

As a side note, some of my fondest memories are of making lemonade with my Nana 🙂

-Who taught you how to cook?

My Mama!

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Scallops! I love scallops but have never purchased them or tried to fix them…it scares me!

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

My lasagna and spaghetti, for sure. Oh and chocolate chip pie.

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

So, it was my first Mother’s Day as a married woman, and I was hosting both my and my husband’s family for Mother’s Day lunch. I was all fancy and had fixed two large spinach, cheese, and bacon quiches…we waited on them to finish cooking forever, but it didn’t matter, because when I went to get one out of the oven, I dropped it on the open oven door and a huge eggy mess ensued. It was so embarrassing and shameful, and I am STILL cleaning it out from the cracks and crevices of the oven.

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Definitely Giada. I love Italian food. And she’s dreamy!  I also love Paula Deen and her sons.  They’re just fun and so charismatic.

-Who is your favorite food blogger?

Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

-What is your day job?

English teacher and coach!

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

I’m not sure…if someone else cleaned up the mess, then yes!

-What is your favorite restaurant?

I can’t narrow it down to one so I have three.  Salsas in Asheville, North Carolina; Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Cheeburger Cheeburger in Sanibel Island, Florida.

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

I would love to have a cafe with fresh pastries, coffees, and soups. I would call it Edna Mae’s Cafe, after my Nana.

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

Taking pictures while I am preparing food is so annoying. I just want to make my mess and fix my food and eat it!

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

Master Potato Soup…I tend to mess that one up a lot for some reason.

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

White chocolate!

-Comfort food of choice?

Pizza! Especially if it is from Scratch Brick Oven in Johnson City, Tennessee!

-Sweet or savory?

Savory

-What is your favorite herb?

Parsley!

 

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20 Questions with Mrs. Herb

Mrs. Herb

Today we’re going to play a little game known as 20 questions! I’m sure you’re familiar with it. I thought this would be a fun way to get to know each other better! To be honest, I totally stole this idea from one of my favorite personal finance blogs, 1500 Days and their 10 Questions posts with other personal finance bloggers. I thought it would be fun to do this will fellow food bloggers! So I will start!

 

20 Questions with Mrs. Herb

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

My blog is great because I never really thought I would be a blogger! Mr. Herb and I had kicked the idea around for a while, but I never seriously thought it would happen. Then one day last year (July 25th), he planned to help me make dinner, and showed up with his camera. He said, let’s just try it! And here we are! My blog is also great because I feel like it’s authentically us. We don’t try to be like anyone else, we just share recipes that we would normally make anyway, and many times recipes that have been in the Herb family for years!

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

Favorite: Beef tenderloin fixed by my dad. I need to learn to make it and share!

Least favorite: I HATE onions. Seriously. I LOATHE them. That’s why you will rarely find recipes on here that have onions. I will use onion powder to substitute!

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

One of my earliest memories with food is making chocolate chip cookies with my mom. She would let me add things and help stir the dough. I was still small enough that I had to sit on my knees in the chair at the kitchen bar in order to do this. That’s one of my earliest memories of “cooking”.

-Who taught you how to cook?

Mainly my mom and dad – dad actually likes to cook more than my mom. But also my best friend Stephenie showed me how simple it is to make some good food. She has a knack for just throwing some things together and making a great meal. I remember making great spaghetti with her in high school and also coconut Thai chicken with her in college!

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Seafood! I have baked salmon a few times, but I’ve never fixed shrimp or scallops or anything like that! We didn’t eat a lot of seafood in our house growing up. I want to fix this, though, and learn how to make some good seafood!

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

Mr. Herb loves our guacamole. My family seems to appreciate my desserts most – especially my chocolate pie!

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

The first meal that Mr. Herb and I made together in our early days of dating was spaghetti. I had a pot of water with the noodles and a large skillet with some olive oil to make the sauce on the stovetop. I had chopped up the garlic and I told Mr. Herb to add the garlic to the skillet. Instead, he added it to the noodles! He was SO embarrassed, but the recipe turned out okay anyway! We look back on that memory fondly 🙂

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Giada!!! Although I also love Rachael Ray and her 30 minute meals!

-Who is your favorite food blogger?

I would have to say Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. Her blog has been very inspirational and helpful to me as I’ve tried to get HerbOnHerbs off the ground. Also, she is a Christian and is currently using the income from her blog to allow her and her husband to minister at an orphanage in the Phillipines!

-What is your day job?

I am a tax accountant! Couldn’t get much farther from a chef, eh??

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

Probably! Although I don’t think I’d be very good at working in a restaurant, only my personal kitchen!

-What is your favorite restaurant?

The Peppermill in Abingdon, Virginia!

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

It would probably be a bakery or chocolate shop of some kind! No idea what to call it….

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

HerbOnHerbs 🙂

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

Probably the actual cooking/baking part. But I also love it when I get feedback from readers and fellow bloggers! My least favorite part is doing anything technical – that’s why I leave that stuff to Mr. Herb!

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

I would like to publish a cookbook! Keep an eye out 😉

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Can’t I have all 3? Okay – probably milk chocolate if I HAD to choose!

-Comfort food of choice?

Macaroni and cheese.

-Sweet or savory?

Mega sweet tooth here!

-What is your favorite herb?

Mr. Herb! 😉 But of the plant variety, I’d have to say sweet basil. Yum!

 

Well, that was fun! I hope you all enjoyed getting to know me a little better. In the coming weeks we will also get Mr. Herb and Sister Spice to answer our 20 questions!

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