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We interviewed Sandra!

Visit the blog: Sandra's Easy Cooking.

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Hello Sandra, so tell us...

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

I started my blog in September of 2010 and fell in love with the whole concept of blogging. My husband encouraged me to start food blog, but my oldest son explained in short lines what is blog. Little that I knew, new passion for sharing recipes, food photography and styling was born. My inspiration from the start was to inspire people to go in the kitchen and start cooking simple, healthy and affordable meals that take little bit of effort but recipes with burst of flavor.

How many hours per week do you spend on your blog?

When I first started I would spend about 15 hours a day, and everyday for more than a year working on my blog to fit in this competitive food blogging community. Now days it's way less than that and I spend about 45-50 hours a week on my blog. That includes writing, editing, and promoting.

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

Yes! I am involved in blogging community and I was lucky enough that I received only love and support from my foodies. How do I attract, hm! Well, you got to make tasty meals, larger than a life pictures that fans, readers or just passing by visitors can get their mouths to water once they see the pictures and hopefully try my recipes.

What is your earliest food memory?

I always loved food, always! The earliest that I could remember is when I was 3 years old- you could find me with the jar of honey, spoon and hiding under the table. It is a sweet memory!

Which of your recipes would you suggest to readers for a perfect meal?

I just hit 400 recipe mark, although it could be tough for me say this particular dish is better than the other one but I do have my favorites. I absolutely loved Japanese influenced Honey-Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Chicken, Korean Spicy Grilled Boneless Pork Spare Ribs or Sweet and Spicy Shrimps, serve it in the lettuce as a wrap and bit of steamed rice and plenty of vegetables on the side, I would definitely recommend those as a suggestion for perfect summer meal.

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

I actually never wished to be contestant or on a cooking show because I rather be behind the camera than in front. With that being said my family did try to convince me to apply for Chef Ramsay's Hell Kitchen, my immediate reply to that was "stop convincing me, it will never ever happen". But if I do have to choose one chef to be in front of the camera I would most definitely pick Chef Gordon.

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

I never run away from trying food even if I don't like it I would still taste it, however I just can't make myself eat clams. My family loves them, but I don't!

Who are your culinary idols?

I have to be honest, I have many culinary idols but I think Julia Child is for many food bloggers not only me, an inspiration and idol too. So Julia Child is on top of my favorites.

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

My goals are for the next year is to get comfortable in front of the camera because I really would like to get to that stage to relax and make videos. I am that kind of person to push myself to the max to achieve my goals and I think in the next 5 years I want to continue with my food blog and make cooking videos.

Anything else you would like to share?

Thank you for the interview!

Thank you Sandra for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Lydia - 07/22/2013

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