Frequently Asked Questions
You can quickly find some of the answers to my frequently asked questions. If none of these questions answer your concerns, feel free to contact me here.
Can I substitute this ingredient?
I recommend using the specified ingredients listed in the recipe whenever possible for optimal results. I understand that you may have dietary restrictions or simply do not have a particular ingredient on hand, but please remember that by using a substitution, I cannot speak for how much this will change in the overall taste or texture of the dish without further recipe testing.
Using a substitution may also result in a mediocre outcome.
I tried one of your recipes but it did not turn out. What did I do wrong?
Please understand that it is very hard for me to specifically answer this question since I am not in the kitchen with you. That being said, I only share recipes that have been successful and well-tested in my own kitchen, but I understand that failures and mishaps can happen.
Instead of blaming the recipe, it is important to remember that many factors are at play here that may result in a failed outcome. But with a little bit more information, we can troubleshoot what went wrong to have a successful turnaround next time.
What is the best way to store leftovers? How long will this keep?
As I am not an expert on food safety, I am not comfortable answering these questions. Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with.
Can I freeze this?
I will provide instructions and tips on dishes that I have frozen myself but unfortunately, I do not freeze all of my recipes so I cannot always answer this question. Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.
Can I use a slow cooker for this recipe instead?
Please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate traditional oven/stovetop recipes to the slow cooker method without further recipe testing. I recommend using your own judgement to convert my recipes to utilize a slow cooker.
Can you share the nutritional information for this recipe?
Unfortunately, as I am not a registered dietician, I am not comfortable sharing nutritional information for any of my recipes. I recommend utilizing online calorie counters at your discretion to obtain such information.
However, I have recently teamed up with registered dietician, Jessica Penner from Smart Nutrition. She will be providing important nutritional information for select and new recipes at this time.
Why can’t I print your recipe? I tried using the PRINT function but a “blank” page appears.
Internet Explorer has recently made some updates that are causing print problems. I recommend using a different browser, such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. But if you can only use Internet Explore, you can highlight the recipe, left-click, and print from there. Easy peasy!
How do I sign up for email updates to stay-up-to-date with your new recipes? Is the subscription free?
You can sign up for free email updates here to have new recipes delivered right to your inbox. Yes, it’s really free!
I signed up for the email updates but I can’t find a particular recipe. What am I doing wrong?
The email updates are for new recipes only. If you need to find a particular recipe, you can browse through the recipe index or utilize the search bar located on the top right sidebar. And if all else fails, Google is also very helpful.
What kind of camera do you use?
Can I write a guest post for your site?
I really appreciate the offer but I am not accepting guest posts on my site at this time.
Do you blog full-time?
I am happy to say that as of September 2013 I transitioned into becoming a full-time blogger, although having a day job and maintaining a blog was more like having two full-time jobs! This decision did not come lightly as I recently obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health in May 2012.
With over $180,000 debt in student loans, I promised myself that I would use my degree but my love for cooking and running this blog eventually won out, and I am so incredibly grateful to have this job. I admit that you really have to work your butt off to maintain a blog and to be an “entrepreneurial business owner” but at the end of the day, I truly love my job. Plus, there’s always food on the dinner table!
Do you have a cookbook?
Yes, a cookbook is actually in the works right now, scheduled to be published September 6, 2016 by Time, Inc. Here’s a look behind-the-scenes of the cookbook cover photoshoot! You can also pre-order your copy here.
Do you have any tips/recommendations for a newbie blogger like myself?
This is such a difficult question to answer but the important thing to remember is to be yourself and to be authentic. Blog because you love it and because you are passionate about it!