This week we are bringing you Diane from Canning and Cooking at Home. Love love love her site – be sure to stop over and give her a “hello” from Who Needs a Cape! Thanks Diane for doing this with us! ~ Heather
When did you start blogging?
I’ve always loved cooking and I come from a large family that has many fingers in the food and wine industry’s ‘pot’ so to speak… In 2011 I had started helping people with recipes, sharing party ideas and menu planning ideas through various Facebook Food Groups. I created my own Facebook Food Page and website with: “My Food Blog” back in early 2014; eventually branching out into blogging on ‘BlogHer’ from time to time…
What’s your favorite thing you have published?
I love simple foods that are beautiful to look at and tasty to eat. My families recipe for a “Crustless Spinach Quiche” is my favorite thing. When I make this quiche I think back to all the cherished times in the kitchen with my sisters – all the fun, chats, memories that my sisters and I had while making these long ago… we were always cooking – with six kids in our family – there was always some ‘family event’ going on!
Bloggers you love?
I really enjoy bloggers that not only have great food recipes but, show a flair for food photography and overall layout and design… Damn Delicious, Southern FATTY, Carlsbad Cravings, Dishin with Didi, Who Needs a Cape, Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen, Cooking on a Budget – just to name a few!
My biggest flops occur when I am interrupted while cooking in the kitchen. Talking on the phone while making jam is now a written rule as a “do not do this!” as I spent hours preparing some fresh blackberry and raspberry jam and jarred the jam too quickly (because I was on the phone) and I thought “I know by now what I am doing” and didn’t do the freezer plate nor spoon gel test…my entire batch was nice and SOUPY…a runny mess…a tasty runny mess – lovingly – I then called it “pancake syrup”!! I forgot to add the pectin! I blame my sister, whom I was on the phone with!! hahaha I have since remade the jam with success
I am really proud of my microwave bread & butter pickles. While they are easy to make and oh so tasty – it’s more of the back story that leaves me feeling really happy that I make these. We have a dear friend that was conquering cancer, and I sent her some jars of B&B pickles just wanting to cheer her up as she progressed thru chemo, surgeries, etc…I came to find out that my pickles were the only foods she could enjoy and eat while on chemo…that she also ate them to settle her stomach. It sounds so innocent – a pickle? it’s a Pickle of success to me and I make sure to keep her in full pickle happy supply!!
Thanks again Diane – I love this! Be sure to go over – check out the “tips” page if you’re interested in canning – very helpful! ~ Heather