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Hello _jessismore, so tell us...

When did you begin your blog, and what inspired you to start it?

I began my blog in February 2012 as a way to document my life for friends and family far away. Whenever I cooked for guests or co-workers, I always got requests for the recipes. I started posting them and my recipes are my most popular posts on the blog.

What is your earliest food memory?

I grew up with my Cuban grandmother in the house. I remember watching her cook for hours at a time with such care. Food was important to her, and she passed that down to me.

Are you involved in the blogging community - how do you attract new readers?

I am very involved in the blogging community and have formed a group of local bloggers that get together for networking and fun. I attract new readers through sponsoring, and most recently through Pinterest and link-ups.

Have you brought any classic Florida style recipes up to Minnesota?

I have tried to bring Cuban cooking to Minnesota. It was such a huge part of my life growing up, and before I moved here -- and it's really hard to get a good plantain or empanada in the land of potatoes. Another recipe I've brought up is collard greens. They are a staple in the south for special occasions (particularly on Thanksgiving) and it is a dish that isn't made much here. My husband is a fan!

What is/are your go to recipe(s) if you’re preparing a last minute dinner or party?

Wonton wraps are so versatile. I make mini-taco cups, cheeseburger cups, and thai/asian inspired appetizers all the time with them. Fast, easy, and fancy. You can't go wrong with small appetizers. It allows your guests to pick and have a variety without committing to a multi-course dinner production.

If you could be a contestant or guest on any cooking show what show would you choose?

I am a huge Rachael Ray fan, since she is not a classically trained chef -- and makes food that is totally approachable and easy for the average person.

We love your "side-blog" chronicalling your mischevious dog Lily, what's the oddest thing she's eaten?

She has eaten Tylenol, coffee beans, and an entire book -- and if it's not too much information -- a package of birth control pills, too. She is a hoot, and we love her in spite of her varied palate.

Is there any dish, ingredient or type of food you refuse to cook or eat?

I am pretty adventurous when it comes to food experimentation. I am still gaining the patience to bake, so I am wary of baked goods that are very precise and labor-intensive.

What are your goals for this blog? Where would you like to see it in the next year? Five years?

I want to continue to share my journeys into cooking and exploring Minnesota and my new life as a wife. I am not so concerned about the numbers, as I am about quality/consistent content. I hope to be blogging 5 years from now -- but who knows what life and time will bring!

Anything else you would like to share?

Thank you so much for considering me! :)

Thank you _jessismore for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Laurence - 08/19/2013

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