Can I use your photos/recipes on my blog/website?
Firstly, thank you. I am so flattered you would like to feature my recipe! We simply ask that you do not re-publish our recipes. All content on our website is exclusive to parsnipsandpastries.com. However, if you are a blogger or media outlet, you may use a photo with a link back to the recipe on parsnipsandpastries.com. You may also include a tidbit on the recipe. Sometimes, we make special exceptions (as with the non-profit Meatless Monday, for example, who publishes our full recipes) so please contact me with any special requests or questions. Also, kindly send me over a link to where you have featured our recipe. I would love to share it on social media!
Do you accept guest bloggers/contributors?
At the moment, we are only publishing our own content. However, please shoot me an e-mail and I will keep it in a folder for if/when we accept guest posts.
I made a recipe of yours and it did not work well.
Firstly, I’m so sorry! I know how frustrating it is to research a recipe, buy all of the ingredients for said recipe, and have said recipe not turn out how you expected. Please shoot me an e-mail and we can hash out what might have happened. Please know that I test every single recipe that I put on P+P tirelessly and it is always my intention to give you recipes that not only taste great, but work.
Can I hire you?
Yes! Please visit our Work with Me page for more information and e-mail me directly for services, packages, and pricing. I currently offer freelance writing, content creation, sponsorship opportunities, and more.
Can I send you over my blog to look at?
Of course! Please do. I love making new blogger buddies!
Do you have any advice on starting a food blog?
Truthfully, I am still learning. Like all things in life, blogging is definitely a learning process. My strongest advice is that if you are truly passionate about something and work hard at it, success will follow. There are so many tools available out there, as well. Please always feel free to message me with any questions!
Did you go to culinary school?
I did. I graduated The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City with a degree in Pastry Arts in 2007.
I want to become a chef/cook/baker. Do you think it’s necessary to go to culinary school?
I have a few thoughts on this matter. Please message me directly and we can chat!
Did you work in the culinary field before becoming a food blogger? Why did you become a food blogger?
I did. I’ve worked as an Executive Pastry Chef, baker, pastry line cook, cake decorator, and bakery manager for over 10 years. I have worked in Michelin star restaurants, large hotels, bakeries, and boutique hotels. I had a small cake business in Portland, as well. I started food blogging while I was on a medical leave and so far haven’t stopped!
Do you plan to go back to being a Pastry Chef?
You know, I’m not sure. Dreams change, plans change, people change. As of right now, I love food blogging and my dream and current plan is to continue it, write a cookbook, and open a small business. Wherever my life takes me, one thing is for sure… it will definitely always include food.
What theme do you use? Who designed your website?
P+P is designed by me. I design all of the logos and graphics. I like to use some elements, including fonts and watercolor graphics, from Angie Makes and The Smell of Roses. This blog uses WordPress and the Genesis Framework with the Brunch Pro Theme from Shay Bocks. All graphics and design elements on the site are designed by me and should not be copied.
What camera do you use?
For the first year and a half of P+P, all photos were taken exclusively with my trusty iPhone 6+. Currently I am using a Canon Rebel DSLR with a 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is a great option for a starter set-up.
What is your food philosophy?
Balance. Everything in moderation. Real, whole ingredients. Occasional indulgences.
Pie or cake?
I am a firm supporter of having a small slice of each.
Why do you talk about mental health or anxiety on your food blog?
Because I live it. I’ve had an anxiety disorder for 15 years and lived with agoraphobia for over a year. I believe in being open about mental health and I believe in helping each other.
Why do you write so much? I just want the recipe!
Please scroll down for the recipe! P+P is an art form for me and how I express myself creatively. I do have a writing background, as well. And, yes, my posts can be lengthy. I don’t like to write a quick post or get anything over and done with. It’s my personality, I suppose. I believe in quality over quantity and I believe in storytelling. I associate my cooking and food with storytelling. It’s just my style.
Aren’t Corgis the best dogs?!
They sure are. 😉