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Twitterview with Emily Dingmann

Posted by on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

Today’s Food-Friday Twitterview guest is @nutrionisteat (Emily Dingmann). Should I tell her that I just ate corn dogs. #confession :)

Emily:    HA!

Q – #1    So @nutritionisteat, where did you grow up, go to school and what was your 1st job as an adult?

Emily:    I grew up in Baraboo, WI (small town) and came to the twin cities to attend the U of M! Go Gophers!!

My first job (well, and only so far) has been working with French MEadow Bakery in Marketing. I wanted to work

in the natural foods industry

Q – #2    I see. So what did you major in at the #UofMN, and what got you interested in marketing?

Emily:    I graduated with a degree in Nutrition. I’ve loved food for a long time now.

hospital work wasn’t for me and i loved and believed in natural foods so wanted to work in that business

FMB was perfect for me. local, natural, organic foods! I didn’t realize I was into marketing until I was into it

but now I love it! (And I’ve turned into a computer/internet nerd!!) :)

Q – #3    Well, your passion for the food will definitly come across in the marketing. In addition to marketing, do you blog?

Emily:    YES! I started a blog about 2.5 years ago ( which is all about food, nutrition, health and me!

I’ve met so many great people online and off (like you!) it has been so much fun and I never expected to love blogging

as much as I do! I have learned a lot in the last few years!

Q – #4    Be sure to go to the @MNBlogCon if you aren’t already. Had you liked to write before that you did blogging?

Emily:    I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never thought I’d be doing it as much as I do now!

Now I’m a fully obsessed blogger! I’ve also really gotten into photography, although I still have tons to learn!

Q – #5    How do you come up with things to post about?  Is cooking or shopping at a farmers market ever discussed?

Emily:    Sometimes topics just come to me, sometimes ppl ask questions or I’ll share my daily eats/routine with readers

I’ve def done posts on the farmers market – but haven’t gotten a chance to attend as much as I like to this summer. :(

I just love the vibe at farmers markets, nothing better!

Q – #6    What are some things about nutrition that you feel people don’t understand or know about?

Emily:    I think a lot of times ppl focus on what they CAN’T have or DO if they are living a healthy lifestyle.

I like to focus on the foods you CAN enjoy and that all foods have their place. I’m a regular at @Bulldog_NE. :)

Now is the time to enjoy the MN Fair! (and walk around A LOT!!) Ha.

Q – #7    Lets find out some of your FAVORITE(S) – Restaurant(s), store(s), comfort food, farmers market and vegetable.

Emily:    OOoh! Favorite restaurants: 112, Alma, @Bulldog_NE . Stores? I love @thewedge coop, whole foods, covered for clothes

I live really close to MillCity Farmers Market so that is my fave to visit and favorite vegetable of the season is kale!

comfort food for me is wine and cheese. my favorites!

Q – #8    Do you feel that because of our geographic location and 6-month winters, that Minnesotans miss out on healthy foods?

Emily:    It depends. winters now don’t mean living on meat and potatoes. we can get veggies year round

they may not be the highest quality (tomatoes?!) or as much fun as going to farmers marketbut it is definitely do-able!

As with anytime of the year, you need to make your health a priority! I teach this to kids every summer @campendeavor

Q – #9    It is tougher! :) To close, what professional or personal goal do you hope to achieve in the next year or 2?

Emily:    Well, I’m getting married on 9/17 then moving to California! Two big personal life changes and both very exciting!

Q – #10    WOW!!! Okay, getting married AND moving are big things. CONGRATS! To what area of CA and do you have work there?

Emily:    Thank you! We are moving to LA and working on the job situation. :)

@JoelECarlson:    All the best to you in your NEW life adventures! Thanks for taking time for #jectv. Enjoy your weekend! :)

Emily:    Thank you SO much for the opportunity. So much fun, hope you make it out to the fair! :)

Twitterview with Stephanie A Meyer

Posted by on Friday, 1 October, 2010

@JoelECarlson – Hello everyone and welcome to the Food Friday Twitterview of @FreshTartSteph, a cook, blogger and photographer. Lets get cooking!

@FreshTartSteph – Hi Joel! Thanks for inviting me!

Q – #1    So @FreshTartSteph, where did you grow up, what HS did you attend and did you get schooling or training after that?

A: Grew up in SW Minnesota (Lakefield!) & Grand Forks, ND. Graduated Red River High School, go Roughriders.

UW-Madison for college, I’ll just say Go Bucky instead of the usual off-color cheer. Pure class, Badger fans, ha.

Q – #2    So what kinds of classes did you take?

A: I was an early political science major, didn’t wear enough patchouli for that crowd, changed to communication arts.

Best class was Our Hazardous Environment (summer, sci credits), about tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes. Fascinating.

Maybe I should have been a meteorologist?

Q – #3    You should follow @ChikageWindler. :) So what steps took you from that to what you do now with food?

A: Always loved the kitchen & cooking, always. I was a very picky eater as a child, but loved what I loved.

Cooking and learning to cook gave me control over my food. Plus I was fascinated by the process of transformation.

Still am! Also, I come from a family of great cooks. Mom, stepmom, grandmothers, aunts. All good. I’m lucky.

And I’m grateful they let me mess around, nurtured a taste for real food. I ate plenty of crap as a teen/young adult…

But the seeds of enjoying real food were planted. I hope I’m doing the same for my kids. Who love to eat crap!

Q – #4    Besides your own blog, you also post for the @mnmomag. What would you say is your focus or theme regarding food?

A: Home cooking with real, fresh ingredients. I endeavor to keep it simple, accessible. I try to provide a lot of…

…substitution ideas, ways to ditch the recipe and innovate. Because in the end, that’s how people will make their…

…own food – if they get the hang of it and don’t have to use recipes all the time. Then it gets fun, fast & easy.

It’s an uphill battle though – cooking at home is a dying tradition. People would rather watch food prepared on TV.

Q – #5    Do you use any prepackaged foods in your cooking? Do you ever do reviews or local restaurants?

A: Sure I do – pasta, yogurt, milk…all packaged! Hard to get around packaged foods entirely. My kids love cereal…

…tater tots, crackers, chips, all of it! My husband is a candy freak. I prefer to just make things myself because…

…I’m picky, and because I can. Ha! I work from home, so I can make myself whatever I want.

Also, I don’t eat gluten, & very limited grains, so it’s easier to make myself something fresh.

Q – #6    Now the FAVS question: Favorite – restaurant, store for food, store for cooking tools, tech gadget and Fall activity.

A: I’m genetically programmed to not be able to choose just one, hopefully that’s OK…

@FreshTartSteph Top 2-5 is okay.

Restaurants: Lucia’s, Corner Table, La Belle Vie, Alma, many others, tough question for a food lover!

Store: Whole Foods, Byerly’s, local co-ops. I buy cooking gadgets online. Tech gadget: iPhone, what a device, yeah.

Fall activity – this yr it’s been exploring great off-leash dog parks w my pup (Louis). Lk Rebecca, Bryant Lk…

…but also biking, yoga, walking around the lakes, taking drives w my husband. This is my time of yr, I perk right up!

Q – #7    How do you feel photography helps you share your skills and messages about food to people?

A: Well, as I’m quickly learning, the photos are everything. People who will never make one of my recipes …

…love to look at the pics, so I quadruple my reach. Sometimes they even read the articles ;) The photos make it real.

Q – #8    Very true! To end today, what cooking advice or mantra would you like to share with everyone?

A: I’ll go out on a limb and say cook your own food :) You’ll be healthier & thinner & eat better. And you’ll never…

…be alone, because everyone loves a good cook! Thanks for the Twitterview, Joel, great fun! #jectv

@JoelECarlson – Thanks @FreshTartSteph for sharing your thoughts and passions today! Enjoy the weekend and keep up the good work!

@FreshTartSteph – You too, Joel. Thank you so much!