I’m doing things a little differently here today! I usually have my Zupas post on Wednesday mornings and the Blogger Spotlight in the afternoon, but I’ve been taking care of my sister’s kids while she is out of town, and a blizzard rolled into town last night, delaying my sister’s flight. So, I’m not home on my own computer. I’ll be doing my Zupas post later this week, but I for sure didn’t want to miss today’s Blogger Spotlight!
Today’s spotlight is Grace from A Southern Grace. I can’t remember how I came to Grace’s blog, but I’ve been a frequent visitor ever since! Grace is witty and has a great love of cinnamon – 2 very important qualities in my book!
I’m a 27-year-old southern gal with loads of education being put to very little use in the best way at a job as a baker. The foods I make at home generally aren’t complicated or fancy, but they taste good. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to produce drool-worthy and delicious grub. When I sit down to write a post, my main goals are to make the reader’s belly growl, her mouth water, and her mood lighter.
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
I had just made a drastic move to New York and thought a blog would be a great way for me to let my family back in Virginia keep up with my doings. I started to see lots of food blogs with awesome pictures and delicious concoctions and decided I could do that too…and have an excuse to make all kinds of decadent stuff.
What is your favorite kind of food to make?
I like writing about foods with which I have a personal connection or story, like the peas and dumplins my grandmother taught me to make. Clearly, the richer and more sinful the food, the more popular the post. If it’s something a person might feel a wee bit guilty eating, chances are good that it’ll be a winner in Blogopolis.
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?
I really, really like Ree’s cinnamon rolls, but if I had to pick my absolute favorite recipe, it’d actually be this fantastic and addictive mint fudge. (http://asoutherngrace.blogspot.com/2009/01/deja-vu.html)
Where do most of your recipes come from? (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)
The majority of my recipes actually come from other blogs! Truly, my bookmark cache is ridiculously massive–I’ll be lucky if I get to 5% of them before I croak.
What kinds of posts are your favorite to write? What do your readers seem to like the most?
I love to bake. Cakes, pies, breads, cookies (when I’m feeling ambitious), and the like are my favorite things to create. Yep, butter, sugar, and flour are some of my very best friends.
What would you eat as your last supper?
That’s a toughie. Let’s say, with the disclaimer that it’s subject to change any minute, that I’d pick a thick, juicy burger with lots of pepper jack cheese, a side of creamy mashed potatoes, and apple cobbler a la mode for dessert.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
It makes me happy to think of all the like-minded people with whom I’ve come into contact since I began my blog. It’s quite a supportive network! I’m also fairly certain that I’ve learned more about food from other cultures and various preparation techniques than I ever would’ve otherwise.
What was the first dish you ever cooked?
Does spaghetti count? What about cake from a box? No, the first thing I can remember actually making all by myself is the dough for my family’s traditional holiday sugar cookies. I probably ate more of the raw stuff than actually made it onto the plate for Santa!
When you really want to cheat, what do you eat?
Little Debbie makes these little white square treats called Fancy Cakes–I can’t get enough. I’m also obsessed with candy corn, Smarties, and, most recently, the Zagnut.
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
I’m pretty keen on Mediterranean food, so I think Turkey, Greece, and Egypt would all be awesome to experience.
What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
First and foremost, comment on other blogs–let the foodies know you’re out there! Second to that, make delicious food, take aesthetically-pleasing pictures of it, and write funny and/or meaningful words about it. The end.
Thank you Grace! I always love reading what other bloggers have to say! Want to see more from Grace? Here is where you can find her:
Website – A Southern Grace