Hello everybody! Stay warm and follow today’s #MNMOtv with #DaraCo blogger @FreshTartSteph. Lets roll!
Stephanie: Ready @JoelECarlson ! We should talk about food or something, ha. Thanks for inviting me!
So @FreshTartSteph. Tell us, where did you grew up, attend school and what did you want to be when you grew up?
Stephanie: I grew up in freezing cold Grand Forks, ND. College in freezing cold Madison, WI at UW. Now I live…yeah. I wanted to be a chef.
I think it’s called “Cold Country”. :) So when did you start food blogging and what was your intended focus?
Stephanie: Indeed :) I started food blogging Jan 6, 2006. My birthday!
“I can hardly imagine that anyone would ever want to read what I think about things…” My first blogged sentence. Still true, ha.
My intended focus was moderation. A concept I, um, struggle with. My blog at the time was called Moderate Epicurean – dumb name.
I changed my blog’s name to Fresh Tart a couple of years ago, but really, there’s still an underlying theme of moderation, health…
…eating real, whole food. That’s what I honed in on over time. Eat Real Food. Simply prepared. Cook for your family.
Interesting. What would you say your focus is now and how has being a GF eater effected you and your blogging?
Stephanie: Being a #glutenfree eater has changed my life and definitely Fresh Tart. The whole food focus hasn’t changed, but I post very few…
…recipes that contain gluten or any grains at all. Recipes focus on vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, little dairy. I’m NOT…
…a fan of packaged #glutenfree food anymore than I am about packaged food in general. I think it’s fair to say that you…
…wouldn’t know that I’m #glutenfree by reading Fresh Tart. It’s just about cooking real food.
Alright. So how and when did your relationship with @MNMOmag start? Do you post for any other Co.?
Stephanie: I met @DearDara at a wine tasting without knowing who she was. Gave her my blog name. Almost fell over when I actually introduced…
…myself. BIG. FAN. GAH. Anyhow, she read my blog, told me about the #DaraCo idea, I said I’d love to contribute, we launched…
…spring of 2010, I believe. I love how all of our perspectives come together, I’m very proud to participate. I also contribute…
…which is specificially #glutenfree recipes, great blog. I have a few recipes coming out in cookbooks this year, food photos…
…in other publications, working on a cool book concept, working on a food blog conference idea. How insanely fun, right? Amazing.
Food-socialite! Besides being a food blogger, you’ve also grown as a photographer. When did that interest start?
Stephanie: I’ve always loved taking pics, millions of pics, I just used to photograph my then-baby, Nathan. And my garden. And my party food…
…which my family thought was weird. I got interested in improving after I saw the horror of what I was first posting on my blog.
To me now, it’s all about the pics. As @susanpowers says, if people don’t want to eat the food in the photo, forget it. No one…
How much would you say photographs add in value to a food blog?
Stephanie: Photographs – GOOD photographs – are imperative. Instant bonding with a reader. Something to chat about. Drives a recipe…
…and its potential into someone’s brain, and stomach, in 1 second. Done.
It makes me sad for chefs/restos when people take bad phone pics & post them. All that hard work, made ugly. Don’t do that :(
So how has your #MNFoodBloggers group been doing, and what other food related projects do you have in the wings?
Stephanie: The #MNFoodBloggers are on fire as a networking group. Who knew? Our FB page http://on.fb.me/qj8AqA has more than 320 members…
It’s an all-day conversation about food, recipes, photos, job opportunities, on and on. Follow @MNFoodBloggers + #MNFoodBloggers!
The coolest thing #MNFoodBloggers are doing is raising money for local food charities. We’ve only just begun, but more than $2000
…so far, with more ideas in the works. In fact, those are the other food-related projects I’m most excited about. Food + kids!
Recent or long-term FAVORITE: Restaurant, comfort food, cooking tool and seasoning or spice.
…Marvel Bar, yum. Honestly, I don’t even eat out that much bc I cook so much. Comfort food…polenta, I think. W tons of butter.
Tool: Sharp knives. Die without them. Spice: Cardamom obsessed at the moment, it shifts. I’m fickle.
You’ve been on a few radio programs lately. Would you consider your own show or segment on radio or TV?
Stephanie: Dude! Way to put me on the spot, evil. I…don’t know. Flying by the seat of my pants. I love doing all of it. I’ve had a few chats
…about radio, TV, who knows, could be a blast, could be nothing. Fun to see where it all goes. All signs point toward –> FOOD.
And shoes :) And fun. All signs point toward fun, yes!
Joel: I’ve got to keep the Twitterview SPICY! (Food pun). Thanks Stephanie for your time and comments today. Great fun!
Stephanie: Thanks so much @JoelECarlson! Blast!