The idea behind Coffee Talk was to highlight bloggers I am inspired by. Having them do a guest post highlights their talent however it does not drive as much traffic back to them. So with some more thought perhaps I should pick a recipe from THEIR blog, make it, photograph it and then link back to them so everyone can check out their recipe and browse around their blog. I also feel as a blogger one of the biggest compliments is seeing another blogger make your recipe. It always makes it me smile when someone tells me they made something from my blog, and I always love trying recipes that my friends have posted.
I am excited that this week I am featuring the blogger who inspired me to start this series! Rachel from Rachel Cooks has a Blogger Spotlight series that features one blogger each week, she interviews them, features photos of their popular recipes as well as a peek into many of their kitchens! Not only does Rachel spotlight Bloggers each week she has tons of recipes that will leave you feeling hungry.
I had a really hard time picking just one recipe. When I think of Rachel's blog I think of two things... popcorn (she loves popcorn!) and pancakes. Last year she did a month of pancake recipes. The month was filled with some of the most fun and unique pancakes recipes from a group of bloggers. It was so much fun to follow along.
I browsed Rachel Cooks for two days until I landed on one of her older blog posts for Quinoa Pancakes. These are a classic pancake but protein and fiber packed thanks to quinoa and flax seed! Typically I feel like a bad mom for feeding my kids pancakes for breakfast, because it's a sugar fix a tad too early. These pancakes however I can look past the sugar content and feel good about the amount of protein and fiber they are happily eating!
After I stuffed my face with pancakes, I asked Rachel a few questions so we could all get to know the brains behind the blog!
Rachel, What inspired you to start blogging?
I started blogging shortly after my daughter was born (she's 2 and a half now). Before that, I was a full-time doctor of physical therapy. I still pop into the hospital every once in a while to haul some butts out of bed (there is a little more to it than that--but that's the gist of it), but food blogging has opened so many wonderful doors for me while I'm at home raising my kids. I've always loved cooking -- that came from my mom, and once I was home with the kids I had (slightly) more time to plan meals and cook. When my blog started growing, I was hooked. I love getting emails from people who say they have made and loved a recipe on my blog. I love interacting with people (amazing people!) on social media. I love that I can "talk" to adults during the day without having to leave the house. I kinda just love everything about food blogging.
Where do you find your inspiration for your recipes?
Everywhere! TV, magazines, other blogs, cookbooks, certain ingredients might even inspire me. If I see....say....a parsnip looking mighty tasty at the store, I'll grab it, bring it home and create a recipe with that and whatever else I might have in the house. Sometimes it is a little more calculated than that, but most times, that is how things come about.
You are a busy mom like myself, do you have any tips on how to get dinner on the table for your family during the week?
Busy?! Whaaaat? I thought stay-at-home moms just sat around and ate bonbons and twiddled their thumbs? Oh...wait. That's in my dreams. My best tip is meal planning! I'm not a highly regimented meal planner, but I do try to figure out about 5 dinners that I plan to cook before heading to the store. Usually we have at least one day of leftovers and then one day eating out. I find that when I meal plan, I'm much more likely to actually cook because a) I don't want the food to spoil and b) I'm usually looking forward to preparing a certain recipe or executing an idea I have. Another piece of advice is to do it gradually. Chop up the veggies during nap time or maybe the night before if you work outside the home. Prep some quinoa a day in advance for a quickie protein packed salad. And make extras! I love leftovers. Even if you don't want to eat the same thing two days in a row, throw it in the freezer for the following week or a busy day.
We all have a weakness for some rather unhealthy....."trashy" junk foods. What is the one food you are embarrassed to admit you love?
Oh man--too many to list! I love Twizzlers and pear Jelly Bellies. I can't keep really any candy or chips in the house. I have zero willpower. If I see it, I want it.
Our food blogging community is filled with so much talent and inspiration. Name a few blogs you would recommend we all check out.
This is such a hard question to answer! There are so many I love. Instead of listing some of my old favorites (you all know I love you!), I'm going to list a few of my newer (newish...kinda new...) discoveries. I love Jelly Toast (http://www.jellytoastblog.
Thanks for having me, Carrie! It was fun to be on the other side of the interview.
Rachel, this was fun! Thanks so much for hanging out with me on my blog today... I giggled... we stay at home moms do way too much thumb twiddling!
Be sure to check out Rachel's Quinoa Pancake recipe and look around while you are there! You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook!