Have You Met My Adoptee?

Baked Apples from Apples and Butter

Baked Apples from Apples and Butter

Adopt-a-Blogger 2 is quickly approaching the end of its first month. I hope that all of you are enjoying the relationships you are building and are learning a lot from each other!

When this round of Adopt-a-Blogger started, I gave you all a brief introduction to my adoptee, but I think it is high time that Jessica from Apples and Butter gets a formal introduction from me. Jessica has a beautiful blog. She is a great writer and is a pro at food photography! I can’t believe how good her pictures are considering she has only been blogging for four months. I asked Jessica a few questions so that we could all get to know her better. At the end of the interview, I have a challenge for all of my readers, so please check it out and leave your feedback in the comments section on this post.

Without further ado, please welcome Jessica from Apples and Butter to the food blogging community!

If you had to describe your blog in one paragraph, how would you describe it?

Apples and Butter is about finding the balance between healthy cooking (an apple a day keeps the doctor away) and rich foods (butter). I’ve done both extremes of the spectrum – cooking all rich foods, or trying to be healthy all the time – and neither one left me very satisfied. So, here I am, trying to find balance. At the end of the day, I hope Apples and Butter is really just about good food and beautiful food photography.

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in June of 2008. I have wanted to start a food blog for years and after taking some pictures in my garden one day and making food from some of the same things I had photographed, I thought – you know what? Today is the day. I’m starting a blog. It was planned for years, yet very spontaneous at the same time.

Is there anything about the blogging world that frustrates you?

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated with the technology side of it. While I consider myself pretty tech savvy, I’m a long way away from learning how to write html and work on the design of my site. In that sense, I’m still really limited.

Shrimp Stir Fry from Apples and Butter

Shrimp Stir Fry from Apples and Butter

What have you enjoyed best about blogging?

I have really enjoyed how consistently Apples and Butter has kept me cooking. I love nothing more than being in the kitchen, but with my busy life, sometimes a whole week would go by without my making much more than a quick weeknight meal. Apples and Butter has given me a reason to put in the extra effort and I have been so much happier as a result. I also have enjoyed getting to know some of the other food bloggers out there who are as obsessed with food as I am!

Do you have any other hobbies? If so, what are they?

Cooking is absolutely my main hobby. It’s what my friends know me for. It’s why I bring my own knives with me on vacation – so I can cook in the downtime. It’s why when my family gets together, the first question is always – what’s on the menu?

What are some of your favorite websites?

Smitten Kitchen

Dine and Dish

The Leftover Queen

Life Lightly Salted

If you knew someone who had been blogging for less time than you, what advice would you offer them?

Dive right on in! The food blogging community is a great place with a ton of people waiting to read your stuff and compare recipes. Just know that to get the love you have to give the love! Make sure and visit lots of sights to let people know what you think of their cooking.

What are three things you hope to get out of the Adopt a Blogger program?

Kristen has an amazing site with a beautiful design and clearly a large audience. I am really excited to hear some of her tips on growing Apples and Butter and making it look like a beautiful and professional site!

Kristen here again. Isn’t she great? I’m so excited to be her Adopt-a-Blogger mama! Now, this is where you all come in. Jessica has a ton of really great recipes on her site. I want you to go take a look at what she has to offer (and please leave her a comment to say hi!), and then come back here and in the comment section of this post choose what one recipe of hers should be the first one that I make? The recipe with the highest number of “votes” will be the first Apples and Butter recipe I feature on Dine & Dish.

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  1. says

    Kristen! I’ve been away for a while and while I was gone (I know, I know, I was gone a long time), you have really transformed your blog! I am so impressed and inspired!

    I need a change, too, and I’m not sure where to go, but boy! have you inspired me!

    It all looks wonderful! I’m off to visit your adoptee . . .


    Mimis last blog post..Two Takes on Tarte Tatin: A Visit to Le Vinois

  2. says

    I love it when I learn something new by reading someone’s blog, which is quite often thanks to all the brilliant people out there. I’d not heard of Adopt a Blogger, but look forward to learning more, and I will absolutely check out Apples and Butter. Thanks so much.

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