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 I’d love to welcome Christy from The Girl Who Ate Everything as today’s Blogger Spotlight.  I was so happy when she agreed to participate – I love her blog and she makes my kind of food.  And who can’t love someone who loves food so much that she is “The Girl Who Ate Everything”??? 

I am the mother to three wild and crazy boys and to a handsome husband. I grew up in Mesa, Arizona and am the youngest of ten kids. I love to dance. I took ballet and jazz for 14 years. I also played the viola for 10 years so music is a big part of my life. Cooking dinner in my house usually involves dancing to some good music. I graduated from BYU in Computer Science and worked in Forensic Science until I had my first son in 2005. We now are living in sunny Florida and loving it.

I have always loved food but didn’t really start cooking and baking until I got married and realized I needed to feed this huge man! The Man Who Ate Everything gets the benefits of the dishes that turn out and stomaches the ones that don’t. I usually like to follow a recipe the first time and then make changes as I feel after that.

The one question people ALWAYS ask how I am not 500 lbs and the answer is…hmm…I don’t know. I do like running and am slowly, ever slowly learning moderation. But I really, really love to eat.

What inspired you to first start writing your blog? 
I started my blog to organize my family favorites and tell the stories behind the food. Most of my memories revolve around food and I wanted to document that. I’m also thousands of miles away from any family so when I cook family favorites, I feel like they are in my kitchen with me.
What kinds of posts are your favorite to write?  What do your readers seem to like the most? 
I love the sweets. People always love anything with peanut butter or pastas.
Do you plan a weekly menu?  If so, what inspires your menu? 
I plan a menu for the week but Fridays and Saturdays I don’t cook. Usually I like to cook with fresh items but I always have pantry meals that can be made from stuff I already have like Chicken Taco Soup (http://thegirlwhoateeverything.blogspot.com/2008/10/post-trick-or-treating-soup.html)
What is your favorite kind of food to make? 
I love to bake. It relaxes me. I especially love to make cookies because they are bite sized and portable. If I make them as big as my head I can eat one and tell myself I only ate one. I feel like I’m always entertaining so I love good comfort food to feed a crowd.
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog.  
Don’t make me pick! Okay…my latest favorite are these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. (http://thegirlwhoateeverything.blogspot.com/2010/09/caramel-apple-cheesecake-bars.html
But I just made this Baked Ziti recently and forgot how good and easy it is for a crowd. http://thegirlwhoateeverything.blogspot.com/2010/03/baked-ziti.html
Will you show us your kitchen?  What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?
This is the only photo I had of my kitchen. The local news station was filming a special for the Super Bowl. I love the warm colors and it isn’t terribly big so everything is in close proximity.
What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table? 
I like to get everything made ahead of time that I can while the kids are in school. Assess what kind of night it’s going to be…are you running from soccer to karate or is a low key night where you can take more time.
Where do most of your recipes come from?  (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)  
 I pride myself on finding recipes in unusual places. Sometimes it’s a recipe in a comment on another food blog or a secret recipe passed down from generations but usually just the Internet browsing.
What would you eat as your last supper? 
Man, I don’t know if I could pick but…it would probably be a filet mignon with cheesy potatoes and peanut butter chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Oh and lots of bread. I love bread. It completes me.
What is your favorite part about blogging? 
I get to meet lots of people that I never would otherwise.
What kind of camera/lens/equipment do you use? 
I have Canon Rebel XSi . I use mostly a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens and sometimes the standard Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Any suggestions or hints to have great food photos? 
Yesss!!!! Never use a flash. Most of my photos are taken outside on my back porch on a table in the shade. Get in close. People want the drool factor.
What kind of food did you eat growing up?  Do you cook the same kinds of things today? 
Lots of casseroles. I was the youngest of ten kids and we had to feed the masses. I definitely branch out more these days. We had the same six meals growing up and just rotated them.
What was the first dish you ever cooked? 
Spaghetti.
When you really want to cheat, what do you eat? Chocolate and peanut butter. There’s never been a better duo.
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go? 
I’ve heard in Italy the food is so good you will lick the plate clean. Definitely on my bucket list.
What are your favorite blogs to read? 
I love Taste and Tell of course! I love Confessions of a Cookbook Queen (http://confessionsofacookbookqueen.blogspot.com/), Our Best Bites (http://www.ourbestbites.com/), and Annie’s Eats (http://annies-eats.com/).
Take us through a typical day of eating in your house. 
I am not a morning person. I fix my kids eggs or pancake but I usually have protein shakes for breakfast on the way to take my kids to school. Soup or egg omelets for lunch (I’m obsessed with eggs). I usually bake a goody in the afternoon. Dinner is whatever I want. I could make something different everyday of the year and be happy. I love trying new things.
What is your best tip for saving money on groceries? 
I buy in bulk at Costco on things that I’m constantly needing…like butter.
What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger? 
Be passionate. Be yourself. Update often. Tell a story.

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Thank you so much Christy!    I love learning all about other bloggers!  If you’d like to see more from Christy, here is where you can find her:

Website:  The Girl Who Ate Everything
Facebook Page
Twitter – @GrlWho8Evrythng

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!
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11 Responses to The Girl Who Ate Everything {Blogger Spotlight}

  1. Miss Meat and Potatoes says:

    Wow – what an awesome interview! I had never heard of her blog but will be following now. Thanks for introducing her and sharing all the interesting, yummy facts!

  2. Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

    Wow. That's a whole lot about me…I'm a little embarassed. Thanks again for the shout out!

  3. claire says:

    I love Christy's blog!!! thanks for a great spotlight!

  4. Claudia says:

    Fun interview – but I am jealous. If I baked everyday – I would weight 500 pounds. I like the balance of food,music and family.

  5. Heather says:

    I love the blog 'The Girl Who Ate Everything'! It is nice to know a little bit abour her!

  6. Vivienne says:

    yay! i enjoy your blogger spotlights…always give me more great blog posts to read and recipes to try out!

  7. Kimi D says:

    Every dish that has earned me praise in the last couple of years has come from TheGirlWhoAteEverything!

  8. Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Oh, I loved reading your spotlight, Christy!! And thank you so much for the shout-out–you're one of my faves, too! :)

  9. Kristy says:

    Thanks for the spotlight…Christy is inspiring!!

  10. Kristan says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Christy!! I love your blog and you are just too dang cute!

  11. katskitchen says:

    Great interview. Enjoyed reading it a lot and am looking forward to checkin' out her blog and recipes.

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