Welcome to Carrian from Sweet Basil! I met Carrian when I went to the Harmon’s Back of the Store Tour back in December. She has a beautiful blog and I’m so glad she is joining us here today!!
I’m the author of Sweet Basil. A food blog all about reinventing family dinner.
I adore eating, baking and cooking. I especially love be in the kitchen
with my family, a husband, 5 year old and 9 month old.
I would be happiest to always be surrounded by family, friends,
good books, food and exercise. Oh! And fantastic weather (did you get that hint Utah? Move on from the snow already!!!)
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
I loved making great food and having friends over to try it. People would ask for the recipe and I’d take weeks to finally email it to them, or it would be something I had just made up and never thought to write down how I made it. I finally decided that things would be a lot easier if I could just post what new recipes I had made up or tried so that others could try it out too.
What kinds of posts are your favorite to write? What do your readers seem to like the most?
I love to post about fresh dishes. The ones that pop up mainly in the summer featuring all kinds of fresh produce. Gosh, I can’t wait for summer produce!!!
Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?
I do. In fact every Monday I post a weekly Menu. That way everyone can do their shopping all week and then the meal plan starts the next Sunday.
My menu is whatever sounds good, and I try to make the most of my ingredients. So if on Sunday we are Shredded Pork, then on Monday or Tuesday I have Pork tostadas to use up the leftovers. You get the point. 😉
What is your favorite kind of food to make?
Well, because our baby has food issues and I’m nursing there are a lot of things I can’t have. So, in June when I’m done nursing my favorite food to make is going to be anything with dairy, chocolate, soy, nut products, bananas and rice!! But, I am truly a halfer. I equally love savory and sweet dishes.
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?
That’s a hard one… I love the Tropical Nachos.
What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table?
Plan ahead! Go grocery shopping with meals in mind and then prep things when you have time. If the kiddos are playing nicely I’ll hurry and chop up veggies and make the sauce that way all I have to do it throw the meat in the oven or whatever.
Where do most of your recipes come from? (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)
A lot of my recipes are just from ideas that my husband and I think up, family favorites or adaptations of other recipes. I get a lot of ideas from restaurants, magazines etc and then create the dish my own way.
What would you eat as your last supper?
What wouldn’t I? Ummm Carnitas with amazing Guacamole, fresh chips and salsa, Lemon curd strawberry shortcake, and some of those Mini Cadbury eggs (those solid chocolate ones. YUM!) And Lasagna, and margarita pizza, and artichoke dip… 😉
What is your favorite part about blogging?
I love the connections you make with people all over the world. I joke around the I have close blogships (friendships through a blog) with people I’ve never met.
What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
My mom is from a little town in Idaho and my dad is from a little town in Oregon so I ate a lot of just meat and potatoes. Simple foods. I cook pretty different than I ate growing up, but there are still some recipes that I will cherish forever.
What was the first dish you ever cooked?
I made a cake in Elementary school and we sold it to the neighbors. We didn’t have frosting so we tried to make our own, but then realized we needed to decorate it. So, we put chocolate chips, cereal and nuts all over it. I think we made $1.00
When you really want to cheat, what do you eat?
I cheat every night. Because I am on a restricted diet for my daughter plus nursing I’m always hungry. 9:00 hits and you can find me standing at the pantry saying, “What can I have for a special treat?”
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
Italy. It would have to be Italy. I think that is a basic answer, but I always hear how they cook everything so fresh. I love that!
What is your best tip for saving money on groceries?
Use coupons! Yup, it sounds dorky, but it saves so much money. You can just go to coupons.com if you don’t want to get a newspaper subscription. Watch when things go on sale and then use your coupon. Can I just tell you how much money I’ve MADE using a coupon on something on sale which makes it so that the cashier actually owes me?!
What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
Be yourself. Don’t try to copy how everyone else does it. Find what you love and talk about, take pictures of it, and spread the word.
Thanks Carrian!! Here is where you can find Carrian and more of her delicious recipes: