Where Do You Get Your Recipes?
My recipes come from all over the place. Some are originals, others I find in cookbooks. Some I find on other cooking blogs. A few of them are recipes that I have been cooking for years that I don’t know the origin of. Others aren’t recipes at all, but rather meal ideas.
I will note the origin of a recipe whenever possible.
Are You on Pinterest?
Yes. I am totally in love with Pinterest. I love scouring the web and various Pinterest boards to find cheap and creative recipes. Please follow me!
What Kind of Camera Do You Use?
I use a Canon Rebel XTI with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens. I find this lens super easy to use and great for food photography. It’s a good lens to start out and experiment with, and is quite affordable – right around $100. The next step up (and the lens that is currently on my wish list) is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. Someday!
I shoot all of my food photos in natural light whenever possible. I have also started using a whiteboard – which is nothing more than a piece of white poster board – which really helps with lighting.
I edit my photos in Adobe Photoshop. However, I would highly recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. It’s much cheaper than Photoshop and fulfills pretty much all the requirements of food blog photography. It’s easy to learn and can greatly enhance photos – something that is super important in the food blogging world.
How Do You Figure Cost Per Serving?
I base my cost-per-serving price based on what I paid. I always shop for deals, but typically don’t use coupons. So the price I pay is probably similar to what you would pay if you buy store brands, shop in-store specials, and shop at discount stores.
Can I Post One of Your Recipes on My Own Blog?
If you are interested in posting a recipe from my blog on your own blog/website, I ask that you link back to my original post.
Do You Do Link Exchanges?
No. However, I would like to introduce you to some of my favorite blogs – both food and non-food blogs such as coupon and money-saving-tip blogs that have inspired me. Some of these I have been following for years:
Budget Cooking Blogs:
- Poor Girl Eats Well – A collection of cheap and healthy recipes along with great money-saving tips.
- Budget Gourmet Mom – Tons of budget-friendly recipe ideas.
- Eatin’ on the Cheap – A self-proclaimed “foodie on a budget”, posting fun and creative recipes.
- Good Cheap Eats – Another cheap recipe site featuring affordable and healthy dishes.
- Bargain Babe – Great money-saving tips, some food-related, some not.
Other Recipe Blogs:
- Sugar Laws – One of the first cooking blogs I started following. Although it is now focused on both food and fashion, it has a great archive of creative and approachable recipes.
- Veggie Num Num – Exotic and creative vegetarian recipes that even the most die-hard meat eater will enjoy.
- I Am a Food Blog – I love, love, love this blog’s design and photography!
- Spoon Fork Bacon – I could spend hours browsing the beautiful photos (and creative recipes) on this site.
- Sweet Paul – Featuring fun recipes, DIY projects, and other crafty bits with great photography.
Some of My Favorite Cookbooks:
- The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook - A fun and sassy cookbook that features high-quality and tasty recipes that don’t cost a lot of money.
- The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making - This cookbook exemplifies what I wish I was able to do in the kitchen: make homemade versions of basic kitchen staples. Alas, there are only so many hours in the day. This inspiring cookbook features all sorts of recipes, from crackers to hot sauce to granola.
- Tiny Food Party!: Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals - Looking through this cookbook is like looking through a book of cute baby animal photos. You’ll be inspired by such recipes as mini corn dogs, super-small deep-dish pizzas, and mini homemade Pop Tarts. And you’ll gush at the cuteness of the photos along the way.
- Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas - This cookbook contains some of the most creative pizzas I’ve ever seen. Although I’ve never actually grilled a pizza like the book suggests, I frequently use it for pizza topping ideas.
- The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare - This is a great cookbook to have on your shelf if you’re serious about saving money on food.
- Everyday Food (1-year auto-renewal) - Although this isn’t technically a cookbook (it’s a monthly magazine), I thought I should mention it because it’s probably my favorite source of recipes outside of the web. Every month, this magazine has a theme – such as comfort foods, cheap recipes, quick and easy recipes, etc. With minimal advertising, this publication really feels like a genuine cookbook.