Cheap Recipe Blog FAQ

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.

Where Do You Live?

I am a Minnesota-based blogger who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am originally from Southwest Minnesota and spend a lot of time there.

Do You Work With Local Businesses, Companies, and Brands?

Yes. I work with Minnesota-based businesses and South Dakota businesses, highlighting restaurants, locally-made products, and other regional attributes. If you are interested in working with a Minnesota blogger to promote your business or brand, please send and email.

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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!

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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. Please contact me directly to discuss using one of my photos in your posts.

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.
  • 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:

Some of My Favorite Cookbooks:

My favorite cookbooks

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