Today’s Blogger Spotlight is Georgia from The Comfort of Cooking. Georgia’s blog is gorgeous, with beautiful photos and tempting recipes. I’ve been a follower of her blog for a little while now, and it is one of my “must reads”! I was so excited to learn more about her!
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
Last January, I sat in on a professional cooking class of a series that was, frankly, too expensive. That week, the students were studying bread-making, and I was so inspired by the class that I went home and baked my first-ever loaf. So, I ditched the idea of taking classes and decided to learn in the comfort of my home, chronicling my cooking adventures in a blog. I started my first entry with that loaf of bread, and “The Comfort of Cooking” was born.
Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?
Yes, I try to. I’m mostly inspired by the season (for example, I cook lots of hot, hearty meals in the fall) and what my husband and I are craving that week. Some weeks, I just like to save money, use what’s already in my cabinets and get creative.
What is your favorite kind of food to make?
I love making comfort food to feed a crowd. During a recent party at home, I set out pots of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, salad, homemade rolls, and a fruit pie, and it was all gone within an hour. I love feeding friends and family – It brings us together!
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?
My favorite would have to be my Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes (http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com/2010/10/mini-molten-chocolate-cakes.html). They’re easy and delicious for a casual after-dinner chocolate fix, or as a fancy dessert for guests. All you need is a muffin tin, a few basic ingredients, and a love of chocolate!
Will you show us your kitchen? What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?
Living in an apartment, I can come up with a hundred things I would change about my kitchen, but I do love that everything is within arm’s reach. I guess that’s one of the perks of cooking in a small space!
Where do most of your recipes come from? (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)
I often use other food blogger’s recipes, favorite sites such as Epicurious, AllRecipes and Food Network, and sometimes just my imagination! RealSimple is a great magazine for recipes, and I also have a few family favorites on my blog.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
Besides all the talented, kind home cooks and bakers I have gotten to know, the blog is a great conversation piece with friends and family, most of whom like to cook and give me tips of their own.
What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
I ate mostly Italian and Irish-inspired comfort food growing up: Lots of delicious pasta dishes and hearty pot pies. But, my mother also cooked a lot of country-style dishes like barbecued chicken, apple pie, and grilled steak. My cooking now is heavily influenced by what I grew up on, but I like to give classics a twist.
What was the first dish you ever cooked?
Chicken parmesan. My now-husband and I had a disagreement when we were first dating and just moved in together, and in addition to an apology, I cracked open a bottle of wine, lit some candles and cooked him a big dinner. Apology accepted.
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
Italy, and I did just that in May 2007 with my husband and his parents. Best trip – and food – of my life. Except for the raw squid with heads and tentacles bathing in tomato sauce… That was not the best.
Take us through a typical day of eating in your house.
A weekday breakfast consists of cereal for me in the morning, homemade Savory Muffins (http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com/2010/06/savory-breakfast-muffins.html) for my husband, leftovers for my lunch, a deli sandwich for his, and a delicious, relaxing meal together for dinner that night.
What is your best tip for saving money on groceries?
Check your grocery store’s weekly ads and plan your Monday-thru-Friday meals around them. You can also view the ads on most stores’ websites.
What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
My best advice would be to pay attention to what keeps YOU coming back to your favorite blogs. Is it the simple, easy-to-navigate design? Is it lots of drool-worthy food pictures? Is it the casual, interesting writing style of the blogger? Try to implement these things in your blog. A Facebook fan page is a great tool to keep readers updated on new posts, too. And of course, support your favorite bloggers with nice comments – You’ll get plenty in return.
Thanks for letting us learn more about you, Georgia! If you want to see more from Georgia, here is where you can find her!
Is there a blogger you’d like to learn more about? Contact me at tasteandtell @ gmail . com and I will see if they want to participate!