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The Blogger Ten is back! I know it’s been a couple of months since the last one (hello, summer!) but I’m glad to be back into the swing of things today, starting with a fabulous blogger, Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas. If you are looking for great, from scratch recipes, Fifteen Spatulas is where you need to look. Plus, she does fabulous step by step photos, as well as having a whole library of how-to videos on her YouTube channel. I’m so excited to be featuring her here today! Welcome, Joanne!

A blogger spotlight with Fifteen Spatulas | www.tasteandtellblog.com

A blogger spotlight with Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas | www.tasteandtellblog.comWhen I was six years old, my mother found me eating ice cream in the garage instead of riding my bike down to the park for a soccer game. When my mother found me, I’m pretty sure she wasn’t surprised. I have always loved everything about food from a young age. Not just because it’s delicious, but because so many of the best moments in life are when friends and family share a meal together.

I currently live in Connecticut with my husband Pete, who serves as an officer aboard a US Navy Submarine. We move constantly, but we love to travel so it works out well! I hope you’ll come say hello at my blog Fifteen Spatulas and enjoy the recipes. Happy cooking!

What is your most used cookbook?
It’s more of a cooking reference than a cookbook, but I absolutely love The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. You can look up an ingredient, like pineapple or duck, and it lists out all the complementary ingredients and flavors for that ingredient. It’s wonderful for ideas and getting creative!

What would you eat as your last supper?
I would go to Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan and have their Lavender and Honey Duck. It is unbelievable! But of course, if I were already there I would have to have the whole 16-course meal. My meal there was the most magical of my life…I still keep the menu from that day in my filing cabinet.

What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?

A blogger spotlight with Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Crispy Orange Beef

Choosing from 400+ recipes is pretty hard, but I’m going to go with this Crispy Orange Beef {Chinese Takeout at Home}. It can be so hard to find decent quality Chinese restaurants, so sometimes you just have to make it yourself. Fortunately it’s not as hard as you might think.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
I think I’d go to Jamaica or Thailand. Those types of cuisine are so tasty, but you really need to know how to put tons of different flavors together in a harmonic way. I’d love to learn how to do that.

What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
When I started in 2010, I didn’t see a ton of blogs that had recipes from scratch with step-by-step photos to guide through the cooking process. I knew I wanted to share my recipes on the web and make cooking from scratch seem less intimidating. It is an absolute joy and I love doing it!

What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
I was blessed to have amazing food growing up. My mother is from South Korea, so she cooked a lot of authentic Korean food. She also attended culinary schools in Italy and France, so she cooked some pretty technical dishes. Growing up eating so well had quite an effect on me, and I certainly crave a lot of the things she made.

If you could cook alongside any other blogger for a day, who would you choose?
Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes. Her recipes and ideas are so whimsical and original…I have no idea how someone is so creative. She truly goes all out for her desserts, which is something I believe in. If you’re going to indulge, make it amazing!

What is your best tip for saving money on groceries?
Definitely cook with the seasons. In-season produce not only tastes better but is always cheaper! This keeps meals interesting too.

What is your favorite part about blogging?
The amazing people it has brought into my life. Not only my readers, but the amazing lifelong friends I have made through blogging. Blogging truly feeds the soul.

What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
Well, success means different things to different people, but if you want to make a career of it, definitely act like a professional and treat your blog like a business. Don’t be afraid to hold your ground and know your value. Negotiate everything. Make friends with other bloggers and support each other. I find that I learn the most from my friends!

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Thank you so much, Joanne! I’m so glad I got to know you better, and I’m totally adding that Crispy Orange Beef to my menu plan! If you want to see more from Joanne, here is where you can find her:

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3 Responses to Fifteen Spatulas {The Blogger Ten}

  1. Chels R. says:

    What a great post! So cool to have that much of a cooking influence growing up. I’m going to have to check out her youtube videos!

  2. Amanda says:

    What a fun interview! Love getting to know bloggers on a more substantial level. :)

  3. JulieD says:

    Love you, Joanne!! I just got the Flavor Bible…so glad to hear it’s your favorite!

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