Writing Process Blog Tour

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Hi Guys! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend.


Today’s post is going to be a little different. I’m going to be talking about why I started Bites of Bri. Danae over at Recipe Runner nominated me to continue the Blog Process Writing Tour. Once I’ve told you a little bit about me, my love of food, and some behind the scenes details for Bites of Bri, I’ll introduce you to three bloggers and pass the torch to them.

Let’s get started!

I’ve been obsessed with cooking and eating for as long as I can remember. Seriously. In high school, I would invite my girlfriends over and host fun dinner parties. The main course was usually chicken parmesan and I always made a homemade Caesar salad and garlic bread to go with it. It was pretty simple, but it was a far departure from my mom’s cooking (sorry, Mom!). Everything was homemade, except maybe the bread.

In college, I cooked even more, and for the first time ever began to really experiment with ingredients. Giada and I were best friends…I had all of her cookbooks and I used them religiously. In my spare time, I watched a ton of Food Network. I got really comfortable in the kitchen.

I discovered food blogs about 5 years ago when I graduated from college. Smitten Kitchen was one of my first favorites. Iowa Girl Eats and How Sweet Eats came later. Now that I’m part of the blogging community, I read about 50 blogs daily. I’m always reading! I love the community, the stories, and the recipes.

1. What am I working on now?
Right now, I’m working on some appetizer recipes for football season, some weeknight meal ideas, and some soups (believe it or not). Fall and Winter are great for comfort foods! I get my inspiration from magazines, restaurants, and my own personal cravings. I always check out the local farmer’s markets for seasonal veggies.

2. How does my work differ from others?
My goal with Bites of Bri is to share recipes that get people cooking. Most of the time, I’m cooking healthy recipes that are easy enough to pull together in 30-45 minutes, which is perfect for weeknight meals. I’ll occasionally share something more complex, but really the goal of Bites of Bri is to share my love of cooking with others so that they’re inspired to get cooking different, fun, flavorful meals on a daily basis for themselves and their families.

3. Why do I write what I do?
I write about food because I love it. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed the process of sharing really great food with people I love. Bites of Bri is a natural extension of that. Even before I started Bites of Bri, we were constantly eating and cooking different meals. Eating the same things over and over again is boring, so I always try to inspire people to think outside the box and outside the list of recipes they go to over and over again.

4. How does my writing process work?
I always have a list of recipes that I want to share. Sometimes these recipes make it onto a schedule for posting and other times they live on a note in my IPhone forever, or until they’re seasonally appropriate again. I test a recipe a few times before sharing it. Over the course of testing, I’ll think about the post and how I’m going to share it with readers. By the time I sit down to write the post, I almost always know exactly what I’m going to say. I brainstorm when I’m running as well. I can listen to my music and brainstorm blog ideas at the same time. The time flies by and I usually get my thoughts together. Shout out to my sister who edits my posts and honestly tells me when I need to start over. She has saved you guys from some really bad and boring posts! She also scans the recipes to make sure everything is cohesive for readers and all ingredients are listed.


Writing Process Blog Tour Nominees

In order to keep the tour going, I’ve nominated three bloggers whose work I love. Each of these three bloggers adds a little (a lot) something special to the blogging world and I look forward to all of their newest posts!

Nicole is the seriously talented author and photographer at Cooking for Keeps. I stumbled upon her blog in the last year and always feel like we have so much in common. First of all, her slogan is “All things in moderation” so you know her food is going to be great for real life with a little bit of the good stuff sprinkled in. Nicole makes mostly healthy dishes, but her desserts always look downright amazing. Even though she claims she doesn’t love to bake, she’s obviously really good at it. Some of Nicole’s awesome recipes include: Grilled Crab and Corn Fritters and Whole Wheat and Zucchini Spaghetti with Almond Pesto. I like how Nicole thinks! If you haven’t met Nicole yet, hop on over to Cooking for Keeps pronto.



Next up…Tieghan!

Tieghan is the girl behind the lens at Half Baked Harvest. She’s so talented that it’s sometimes hard to remember she’s not even 21! Tieghan has tons of cooking experience preparing food for her huge family, and if you read her blog you’ll get to know the in’s and out’s of having such a big family. Tieghan is an awesome photographer and she has a knack for combining ingredients in ways you wouldn’t have thought possible. I love her recipes and her writing style. I should mention that she’s working on a super cool project to turn her family’s barn into her new work/living space. Tieghan posts recipes at a frequency that makes it hard to keep up, but some of my favorites are her Loaded Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos (with fries!) and her 20 Minute Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowls. Next time you’ve got a few minutes to spare, check out Half Baked Harvest. I promise you’ll be hooked.



And now…Matt!

Last but certainly not least, I’ve nominated Matt from Real Food by Dad. Matt is a relatively new addition to the food blogging scene but he’s taking it by storm. He’s got a way of taking regular food and turning it into something extraordinary. His love of cooking for his family is evident throughout his blog and most of his recipes are easy, quick, and delicious. Did I mention that he’s made waffle irons worthy of being countertop appliances? Not for waffles, silly! For fun things like fritaffles! Matt also makes a mean (read: gorgeous) popsicle. If you haven’t met Matt yet, scoot on over to Real Food by Dad for a glimpse.



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  1. says

    Loved this glimpse into your writing process! Especially the peek at your calendar. Mine used to look the same with all kinds of arrows moving things around. Only now I’ve started writing post ideas on little sticky notes and sticking them on the calendar. They’re so easy to move around. The only problem is when I move them around too much and they lose their stickiness and fall off!


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