I started my first blog, Everybody Loves Cheese, in 2007. I had recently become more involved in the St. Louis food scene and wanted to share my thoughts and views on the food community at large. I occasionally included recipes here and there, but the focus of this blog was more about larger food issues and emerging trends in the food world. Shortly after launching Everybody Loves Cheese, I joined a CSA, and I wanted to document the foods I received in each share so I started a second blog called Adventures in Eating Locally. In addition to talking about the unique local products I received each week, I added many more recipes to this blog in the hope of showing people just what to do with things such as delicata squash and kale. After maintaining two separate blogs for three years, I combined them into my current blog, Rhubarb and Honey ... and she's been thriving ever since!
What is your blog about (lifestyle, food, crafts, DIY, etc.) and why?
The main focus of Rhubarb and Honey is food … because outside of my “real job,” my life revolves around food! My culinary style can best be described as 80% “fresh / local / sustainable” and 20% “nostalgic / somewhat bad for you / everything in moderation” ... so you'll find mostly healthy recipes that feature local and organic ingredients, but you'll also find some not-so-healthy things that I grew eating and just can't give up. You'll also find a lot of recipes that I developed with my husband, who just happens to be a professional chef. Lately, I've started branching out from food a bit so you may find the occasional craft tutorial as well, and I hope to do more of these in the future.
Where do you find your inspirations for new posts?
Everywhere! I travel a bit for my real job so I'm constantly finding inspiration from the restaurants I visit across the United States. I'm also one of the principal organizers of the St. Louis Food Media Forum, a vocal champion for our local Slow Food chapter, and I occasionally help out with my brother and sister-in-law's competitive BBQ team, and each of these activities brings me tons of inspiration as well. Finally, I am a food magazine junkie! I devour (pun intended!) each issue of Bon Appétit, Saveur, Cooking Light, and Vegetarian Times as soon as they arrive in my mailbox so I get lots of inspiration from these as well.
How do you balance blogging with everyday life?
I think this is the most difficult part of blogging for me. Although I'd love to be blogging full-time, my blog is a hobby right now, and I sometimes struggle to find the time to post. I've been making a more concerted effort to blog on a regular schedule lately because I truly love sharing the recipes I've developed with my readers ... and I love interacting with them as well! But, I also know that there are times when I just can't post as much as I want to, and I've learned not to beat myself up when that happens ... and I think that goes a long way in making sure my blog is always a source of happiness for me.
Could you provide us with links to a couple of your most popular posts?
Funnily enough, one of the most popular posts on my blog has nothing to do with food! For Mother's Day in 2012, I whipped up a quick and easy homemade brown sugar and vanilla body scrub for all the mom's in my life, and it keeps getting traffic to this day!
My most popular food post by far is my drunken Irish bacon jam... and when you combine bacon, Guinness, and Irish whiskey, how could it not be popular?