Kit Graham's interview
We interviewed Kit Graham!
Visit the blog: The Kittchen.
Hello Kit Graham, so tell us...
What is the food philosophy behind your blog?
My food philosophy is everything in moderation. I try to keep things on the healthy side, but I also believe that you need to indulge sometimes. I really want to inspire people to try something new - whether it is cooking a new recipe, trying a food for the first time, or traveling to a new city.
Are you involved in the blogging community - how do you attract new readers?
I am very involved in the blogging community. I help run the Windy City Blogger Collective which is a group for Chicago based bloggers. I think that networking and collaborating with others is the best way to attract new readers, and WCBC fosters those collaborations.
Who are your culinary influences?
I love watching the Food Network and reading food magazines like Food & Wine and Cooking Light. I also find lots of inspiration at restaurants in Chicago.
Tell us a little bit about the Windy City Blogger Collective that you founded.
WCBC came to be because we saw a need for a blogging community in Chicago. I started it along with 4 other bloggers, and we launched in January of this year. Our goal is to create a community to support, encourage, and inspire bloggers. Since launching, WCBC has grown to over 150 members, and they really are the nicest most fun people. I truly believe that we are stronger as a team, and I have met the most amazing people through WCBC.
What is your earliest food memory?
When I was 2, I remember that our VCR was broken because someone put at Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich in it. It was the 80s, and VCRs had a compartment that popped up for your to slide the VHS into. So putting a sandwich in the compartment and then closing it... let's just say it was a long time before the VCR was working again. My family doesn't know who put the sandwich in the VCR. I blame my sister, she blames me. I am sure that isn't the type of food memory you had in mind, but I love this story.
Do you have a secret ingredient, a product you use a lot that is unexpected or that helps you save time?
My favorite secret ingredient is lemon. I love adding it to everything. I cooking with whiskey too. My favorite way to save time is to take little shortcuts, fresh pasta cooks more quickly than dried pasta, buying a rotisserie chicken and using it as an ingredient can save lots of time, I love little hacks like that.
Is there any dish, ingredient or type of food you refuse to cook? Or anything that you refuse to eat?
I will try anything, but generally I am not a big fan of seafood
seafood - which is odd since I am from Maine.
What are your goals for your blog? Where would you like to see it in the next year? Five years?
Tough question. A year ago I never ever thought that I would be where I am today - so it is difficult to place a goal on where I will be a year from today. I would love to get to the point where I can be self employed and support myself from blogging and freelance work.
My worst food flop was...
When I was a teenager I forgot that I was making a grilled cheese, and let's say I remembered that I was making it when the smoke alarm went off. It's funny that I did this since I am considered a grilled cheese expert today. I work The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook in 2013, and my grilled cheese skills have greatly improved since I epically burnt that grilled cheese in high school.
Thank you Kit Graham for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Gitanjali - 09/03/2014
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