Today I'm interviewing Cassie Heilbron of Cook it Real Good. Cassie’s blog focuses on quick, easy, and healthy recipes with some indulgence sprinkled in between. Cassie is a self-taught cook who focuses on food that is fresh, fast, and flavorful. She cooks with every day ingredients and uses as little dishes as possible because she hates washing dishes. Cassie started her first blog, Be Forever Healthier, in January of 2017 which featured healthy recipes, tips, and exercise advice, but over time Cassie realized she was far more interested in recipe creation and food photography. Since then, she's moved her focus solely to food and rebranded her site. In this episode, Cassie shares about her journey to becoming and evolving as a food blogger, info from this year’s Everything Food Conference, how to make salads that excite, and tips for easy yet delicious meals you can make tonight.
This week I get the awesome opportunity to interview Jess Madsen, the incredible talent behind the blog, Wild Bloom Creative. Jess is currently a food stylist and photographer from Tacoma, Washington. When Jess isn't working on developing recipes for local brands or consulting on menus, she's using her free time to pursue her love of photographing mostly plant-based recipes for her blog. Jess is also a folk medicine enthusiast and an herbal apprentice, sharing what she learns about the healing power of herbs on her blog with her readers In this episode, we talk about her food blogging journey, her love affair with herbs, and delicious and easy herbal additions to your meals.
Today I’m interviewing a special guest – my friend and cookbook author ChihYu Smith, who's also the creator of the popular food blog I Heart Umami. ChihYu’s blog is dedicated to helping busy folks like you and I make every day Asian-inspired Paleo Cuisine. A Whole 30 certified coach, ChihYu shares Asian-inspired Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto recipes on her blog. ChihYu’s cookbook Asian Paleo was recently released, and it's already hit number one in Chinese cooking, Korean cooking, high protein, and gluten-free diet cookbooks on Amazon. In this episode, we talk about ChihYu’s journey to Paleo living, the differences between the Paleo, Keto and Whole-30 plans, cooking Paleo Asian Cuisine, tips for flavoring your meals with aromatics and sauces, a report from the Everything Food Conference, and tips for those who want to explore food blogging.
Today I'm interviewing Nguyen Tran, one half of the duo behind Starry Kitchen, a restaurant and brand that was started in Nguyen's small North Hollywood apartment. Originally, it was a way to earn some money after Thi, Nguyen's wife, lost her job in the big economic crash of 2008. After realizing they had an underground hit on their hands, the two operated from their apartment for eight months before finally moving to a legit restaurant site. Since starting the restaurant, Nguyen and Thi have become part of L.A.'s food culture scene and Los Angeles Food Galore. Just a few years ago, they started Button Mash, the next iteration of Starry Kitchen, and Nguyen has also been a frequent guest to shows on the Cooking Channel.
Today I'm interviewing Lesli Schwartz, the creator of Asian Caucasian, a food blog dedicated to helping the average cook create Asian inspired cuisine in their home kitchens. Lesli began her interest in Asian food in Sweden where she met a fellow expat named Damien, a native of Singapore and a talented gourmet Asian cook. After discovering their shared joy of preparing Asian cuisine, they began to work as a team hosting dinner parties and catering for clients. After a few years, Lesli returned home to Atlanta with her husband, where she started her blog. The blog has been up and running now for at least three and a half years, and within two years Lesli has managed to grow her Instagram to over 6,000 followers.