Where do your recipes come from?
Most of my recipes are original and made up completely by me. Some of them are adapted from or inspired by recipes I find from other blogs, magazines, or cookbooks (in which case, I’ll link to them). Sometimes, my recipes come from perusing my fridge or pantry and seeing what I have to use up and creating something from those ingredients. I spend a LOT of time looking at recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, and reading up on cooking techniques and trends. There is so much inspiration out there. When I started this blog, I thought that I’d run out of ideas, but that hasn’t been an issue at all! There is SO much to cook and write about.
How many calories are in this recipe/what is the nutrition information?
I don’t include calories and nutrition information on my recipes for two reasons. The first is that I cannot guarantee accurate information, since I am not a nutritionist. The second is that I personally don’t count calories. I believe it’s more important to eat real food that’s packed with nutrients than count calories. For example, an avocado has about 240 calories, and a fast food cheeseburger has about 250 calories (you tell me which is the healthier choice!). But I totally understand if counting calories is your thing. Here’s a handy dandy nutrition calculator that will give you approximate information for any recipe you find online- just copy and paste the ingredients and designate the servings and you’re good to go!
Do you have any gluten-free/dairy-free/vegetarian/(fill-in-the-blank) recipes on Bowl of Delicious?
Yes! Plenty of recipes in all kinds of categories. You can search and browse my recipes by category, by keyword, or by date on my recipe archive page.
You labeled this recipe as vegan, but it has cheese in it. What gives?
This is something I struggle with, but stand by. I often post recipes that *almost* meet the requirements of a category, and write a note in the recipe card about how to substitute or omit ingredients to meet the requirements completely. For example, these Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas Verdes are made with flour tortillas, but I added them to the gluten-free category with instructions to substitute the flour tortillas for corn in order to make it gluten-free. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the deliciousness due to an easy substitution or omission!
Is blogging your full-time job?
As of June 2016, YES! I used to be a high school art teacher. But when my husband and I decided we wanted to start having kids and I realized I could make just as much money, or more, blogging as I did when I was teaching, I decided to change careers. It gives me the flexibility to work from home and care for our baby, and since I’m my own boss, I can decide how much to work and what my hours will be.
Why did you start Bowl of Delicious?
Before I became a full-time blogger, I worked for 7 years as a high school art teacher in charter schools serving primarily low-income students. The days were long (7-5:30) and the line of work was extremely stressful in so many ways. It demanded large amounts of physical, emotional, and spiritual energy in order to be successful, or even just to get through each day.
I found that when I fed my body with healthy, nutrient-dense, real foods, I felt better equipped to handle the demands of the job. And I found that when I spent as little time as possible on cooking without going broke, I kept up with the healthy eating much more than I had in the past. I started learning how to cook and eat healthy, whole foods, and realized that it helped relieve my stress in so many ways, and I was a better teacher because of it. I saw my coworkers, time and again, eat junk food for lunch because they didn’t have time to pack something healthy, or eat take-out for dinner more often than not.
Ever the teacher, I realized there was a need for education about healthy eating and cooking for busy, stressed-out people, so I took to the internet. It’s my belief that eating healthy should help relieve a stressful lifestyle, not contribute to it. I began Bowl of Delicious in 2013, documenting my favorite quick and easy/slow cooker/make-ahead recipes, and the rest is history!
How are you able to make money from your blog?
There are three main ways I make money:
- Advertising. I always try to make my advertising as non-invasive as possible to provide a pleasant user experience.
- Affiliate linking. Sometimes, I provide a link to a product I recommend on Amazon or another page (like on the link to the camera below). If someone clicks to that page and purchases something (anything- not just the recommended product), I get a sales commission for referring the customer, with no extra cost to the consumer. In fact, this is an easy way YOU can support your favorite blogs- by clicking over to Amazon through their site next time you need to make a purchase!
- Brand sponsorship. Occasionally, I’ll write a recipe and post using a specific product, and I’ll get paid for writing about the product by that company. I never work with any product I don’t truly love and endorse, and all opinions are always my own.
I used to document my income in quarterly revenue reports, but I don’t anymore (mostly because they are extremely time consuming and tedious to write, and when I got pregnant, all of a sudden didn’t have the time or energy to do it anymore!). If you’re interested in viewing these archives, you can do so here. Since then, my income has increased to an average of $3k-$4k per month (as of April 2017, when I am writing this, with a goal of increasing to 5k by the end of the year). Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions about this!
What kind of camera do you use?
I’m going to be honest- it’s not the “fanciest” of cameras. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on stuff unless I have to. But I did a lot of research before buying it and I LOVE it for my needs here at Bowl of Delicious! I use a Canon EOS Rebel SL1, but the most important part is the lens. The EF 50mm f/1.8 lens is perfect for food photography, allowing lots of light in and creating a shallow depth of field (which makes the food in focus and the background/foreground blurry). I highly recommend this camera and lens as a budget-friendly DSLR camera perfect for food photography!
Can I publish your recipe on another website?
The short answer is no. The long answer is that Bowl of Delicious is a business, and my recipes are my own personal creations for my business. The success of Bowl of Delicious is contingent on visitors coming to my website, and if my recipes are elsewhere on the internet, I will lose visitors. A google search for one of my recipes may send potential visitors to another site for the exact same recipe. You are more than welcome to link to my recipe from your website- in fact, I would be eternally grateful if you did! But please do not copy and paste my recipe to your site.
Can I use your photos on another website?
You are more than welcome to use my photos on your website if you link back to my page for the original recipe/post. Let me know if you do, and I’ll try my best to promote it on my social media as well! :-)
Will you promote my product or website on your blog?
I’d love to! At this time, I am only accepting paid sponsorships for product promotions. Bowl of Delicious reaches a large audience with hundreds of thousands of views per month and a social media/email subscriber reach of over 25,000 people. If you think your product would be a good fit for a sponsored post on Bowl of Delicious, please contact me and I’d be happy to discuss it further!
I want to start my own blog! How should I start? Any advice?
First of all, GO YOU! I never thought about or considered blogging as a career or hobby, but once I started, I fell in love with it. I love that blogging provides a means for a less stressful lifestyle and the ability to work from home at your own pace. It’s an almost risk-free way to start your own business, since there is very little to purchase up-front. I want more people to know about it and start their own blogs!
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to start a blog through WordPress using a host (which is how most blogs are set up).
Once you get set up, here’s my advice:
- It’s going to take a LONG time to gain an audience and make money. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t get visitors right away.
- There is LOTS to learn, especially when you don’t know where to start. I’m still learning things every day. Don’t rush it- focus on one or two things a month or week so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Join Facebook groups for blogging support- they are the best resources when you have a question.
- Once you have the name for your blog, register the name on all social media channels, even if you aren’t using them yet.
- Make friends with other bloggers. Visit their sites, comment on their stuff, subscribe to their emails, follow them on social media, and don’t be afraid to contact them. It’s networking, and it helps build relationships within the blogging community.
Finally, I LOVE to hear about new blogs. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or just want some feedback- I’d be happy to try and help you, or at least send you in the right direction.