A few weeks ago I announced the super exciting news that pumpkin & peanut butter is collaborating on a veggie-inspired e-book, The Casual Veggie, with Parsley & Pumpkins as well as 45 other wonderful food bloggers!! Check out the website or my original post for more details on the upcoming e-book and to stay up-to-date with giveaways and events revolving around our exciting project.
“The Casual Veggie” is scheduled to release on October 19, 2015, but these bloggers and I are already planning lots of fun posts, giveaways, and “potlucks” to share with all our lovely readers. I’ve connected with some inspiring ladies that are featured with me in this cookbook and knew I had to introduce them to all of you! I’ve put together a few posts coming to you over the next few weeks— filled with recipes, Q&As, and tidbits from these talented bloggers.
Our first guest is Dana Blacklock of Killing Thyme, a food blog dedicated to delicious food, good beer, and beautiful photography (you seriously need to check out her work!). As soon as I peeked around her page for the first time, I was instantly hooked by her witty style of writing and comforting food… oh yeah, and our mutual love for good beer! I mean, how amazing does Grilled Eggplant Roulade with Pesto Ricotta Filling sound? Or how about Easy Green Curry and Broccoli Soup? Yes please! I was also excited to find out that Dana is moving to the Raleigh-Durham area this month, which just happens to be where I live. Small world! I can already see some brews and bites in our future 🙂
Sooo what are you waiting for? Go check out Killing Thyme ASAP! In the meantime, here’s a little Q&A with my new blogger pal, Dana:
Q: If you could describe your blog in three words, what would they be?
A: Honest, Humorous (I hope?), and Visual!
Q: What inspired you to first begin blogging?
A: My three biggest passions in life are food, photography, and writing. Since a food blog incorporates all three of those things, it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to exercise my creativity and see where I could go with it. I have to thank my good friend Suzy for encouraging me to start the blog, because I’d been putting the idea on the back burner for quite some time. I’m endlessly grateful for her encouragement, because this blog has helped me grow on so many levels and it’s made me realize a lot of things about myself and not setting limitations on anything. Well, except pizza slices. I need to set better limitations on those.
Q: I see you’re a beer lover (like me!). What’s your favorite beer?
A: I pretty much love beer in general and take great pleasure in trying different kinds, but a cool pint of blueberry or raspberry wheat is fantastic on a hot summer day. I also have an unhealthy obsession with Angry Orchard’s hard ciders; the Crisp Apple is always a winner, and I pine for their fall/winter seasonal Cinnful Apple. I’m starting to develop an appreciation for sour beers, too. I can talk about beer for hours; how long do you have?
Q: What’s your guilty pleasure food?
A: Okay so, this is probably bad and gross, but it’s also great so I don’t care. See, when you’re a food blogger and people pin you as a “good cook” there is this image you have: this image of someone who is always creative in the kitchen and always using fresh ingredients with little to no additives. But I am not always that person. There’s this “pasta dish” I’ve loved since I was little where you cook up the contents of a can of tomato soup (without adding milk or water, just the gloop!), add some shredded cheese, melt it down to create this wonderful cheesy gloopyness, and toss it with some pasta shells with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. So wrong, but oh so right. It’s kind of hilarious coming from someone who strives to learn and perfect true Italian cooking…Mi dispiace!
Q: What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
A: I have yet to cross the ocean, so I’m going to say the Carolinas. My opinion may be biased since I’m moving to North Carolina this month, but there is something about the Carolinas that is just so warm, welcoming, and laidback. It’s the perfect place for me, really. Ah, and they love their food!
Q: Most used item in the kitchen?
A: The spatula, the knife, and the whisk…which is why I have all three tattooed on my forearm.
Q: In the spirit of our upcoming e-Cookbook— what is your favorite veggie-inspired dish?
A: I’d have to say Eggplant Parmesan. I was able to turn my meat-loving fiance onto it, so that has to tell you something. I love serving my eggplant parm on a bed of fluffy rice – and leftovers? Throw some on a fresh bun and eat it as a sandwich!