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Friday, July 1, 2011

Interview with Jessica from How Sweet It Is

For one of my classes, we had to interview a popular or somewhat well known blogger. I emailed several of my favorites, and got back responses from a couple of them. Jessica from How Sweet It Is was kind enough to answer my questions. Thanks Jessica!

1. Where do you get your recipe ideas from?
When I first began cooking, most of my recipes were adapted from cookbooks or from my mom or grandma's recipes. Eventually though, I began coming up with my own creations - some worked, some were weird - and that's what I really loved. These days I spend so much time in the kitchen working with food that it is easy to come up with recipes, although I do have many failures. I rarely look at another recipe unless it is something I come across and think "I have to have that immediately!"

2. How difficult is it to create your recipes? How much time do you usually spend perfecting them?
Cooking is simple - rarely does something go wrong. It is the baking recipes that take time and patience. I have only successfully come up with about 5 of my own baked goods recipes that I 100% developed myself. However, once they were perfected, they are what I've used to adapt many of my own cupcake and cookie recipes from. I spend HOURS in the kitchen every week. 


3. What is your process when creating recipes?
I really have no rhyme or reason. I keep a notebook with me at all times and when something pops into my head or when something sounds delicious, I write it down. Then I just buy the ingredients and combine. I like to keep it simple. If it works - great! I usually test the more difficult recipes once or twice. If a recipe continuously fails, then I have to take a closer look at it.


4. What advice would you give to beginning bloggers?
You have to be insanely passionate about it. Write what you want to write, not what you think you should write. Work on finding you own voice. Read, read, read everything - blogs, newspapers, magazines, books - to improve your own writing. Do not blog because you want to make money. Be consistent. Reach out and become a part of the blogging community.


5. If you could make dinner for anyone, dead or alive, and then it with them, who would it be and what would you cook?
This may be the hardest question ever! I feel like I could choose a million people, but I have to go with both of my grandmothers, together. I would probably make Julie Child's beef bourguignon with mashed potatoes and a dark chocolate cake. 


6. What is your favorite thing to cook?
definitely can't answer this! It totally depends on who I am with and what the current atmosphere is. I am a bad critic and often "fall in love" with everything. My favorite thing to cook is what makes the ones currently around me happy.


7. What is the most rewarding thing about being a blogger?
Sharing with others is by far the most rewarding. I am such a passionate person and finding others who share my passion of food and cooking is unreal. I absolutely love when others make my recipes and enjoy them. Nothing compares to bringing joy to someone else.


8. What is your dream vacation?
Northern Michigan! It may sound boring, but I've grown up spending summers there with my family and it is my favorite place in the world. I'll take that over than Caribbean any day! [Oh, but I'd kinda like to go to Greece... and eat my way through the country.]


9. How do you balance exercise with cupcakes and bacon?
 I'm lucky in that I was raised in a family with a very healthy attitude about food where nothing was off limits. We always ate healthy meals but got treats too. As I've gotten older, a large part of it is how I feel when I eat certain foods. Fruits and [sometimes] vegetables make me feel good, and eating 3 chocolate bars for dinner does not make me feel good. I think staying in tune with your body is key - I feel best when I eat healthy foods and get to have my treats too. Luckily I've always loved exercise, so that goes without saying for me!


10. What made you decide to be a full time blogger?

I didn't intend on becoming a full time blogger. I quit a truly awful job in October after it had decreased my quality of life for over 15 months, with no intention of blogging full time. I am really blessed that it has turned out this way and that I can support myself by doing something I love. 

Thanks again Jessica! Make sure and go check out her blog! howsweeteats.com 

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