We want to start off by saying how fun it has been getting to know the food bloggers who submit! You may not realize it at first glance, but each image on foodgawker has a story behind it. Doing these interviews has been a great way to discover more about the images and the people behind them.
This week we had the pleasure of getting to know Krissy Roszell, the creator of Dainty Chef. Krissy began blogging as she started learning how to cook, and both have evolved together. Most of the dishes featured in her foodgawker gallery have a homestyle feel. Her blog is a great inspiration source for those craving some good ol’ fashioned home cooking!
Posted by: Angie Rizzo
Where is Dainty Chef located?
I am located in a small town in NJ right outside of Philadelphia
What inspired you to start blogging and how long have been doing it?
I started the blog in the summer of 2010. I was a newlywed who was just learning how to cook. I would stumble upon great recipes and then not be able to locate them again. It was incredibly frustrating. I decided to start the blog as a way to archive the recipes that my husband and I really enjoyed. Turns out other people wanted to know what I was cooking and the process behind the recipe, so I kept on going!
What have been some of your favorite recipes?
Some of my favorites include the chicken fajitas, chicken gyros, rotisserie chicken in the crockpot for chicken salad and other recipes, and chocolate chip cookies. I also love the Brussels sprout and goat cheese pizza recipe on the blog.
Are there any recipes that you have made your own?
I don’t have many recipes on the blog that I have made my own, but I do have many family recipes that have been passed down from my Granny.
What are your “go-to” ingredients?
If I could find a way to put avocado in a recipe, I would make it happen. My pantry is always well stocked with beans, diced tomatoes, pasta, and herbs. I can usually make a meal out of those if I haven’t planned anything.
About how often do you post to your blog?
I try to follow a schedule for posting which is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so 3x’s a week
Do you have a unique style in terms of your blogging and/or cooking?
I don’t think I do anything that makes me unique, I try to focus on where our food comes from and that involves making many things from scratch.
What are you doing when you are not food blogging?
You can find me being super corny with my second graders on a daily basis. I like to think that we have a lot of fun in my classroom. When I am not working, you can find me on the beach, shopping at the mall, DIYing projects for our new home, or curled up with a good book!
You mentioned 2nd graders, are you a teacher?
I am a teacher. I have been in the teaching profession for 7 years, most of my time has been spent in 4th grade, but this year I made the switch to 2nd and I absolutely love it! I am now looking forward to summer vacation!
What kind of food did you grow up eating and how did it influence your taste preference today?
I feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in a home that stressed homemade cooking. My Dad is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of man, so we ate staple meals that everyone loved. There was also an importance of having dinner as a family and sitting around the table talking about our day. Sure, there were days when someone was at football or swim practice, but my Mom always made it a priority to have a home-cooked meal on the table and some type of gathering each night whether all five kids were there or not. I have continued this tradition in my own home as well. Blair comes home to a home-cooked meal (most nights) and we sit and talk about our day. As I grow older, I tend to focus more on where I food is coming from. I try to do my best to make as much as I can from scratch. Since my Dad was somewhat picky, and my husband is not, I can be a bit more adventurous with my cooking.
Based purely on cuisine, which country do you most want to visit?
Hands down, Italy. I have already been, but the food was so fresh and absolutely divine. When I studied abroad in college there, I gained about 10 pounds. Thinking about the homemade pasta and gelato makes my mouth water.
What are your least favorite foods?
Unfortunately, I have a hatred for all seafood except for crab. I am slowly trying to be better about trying it, but it is mainly a texture thing.
How do you decide which dishes to blog about? Do you follow a theme or overarching concept in your blogging?
Like I said, I try to stress the importance of a family dinner time at home. Being a teacher, it’s sad that kids don’t have that experience like I did growing up. I try to have a good balance of quick & easy meals, but also ones that are more labor intensive. It has been a goal of mine to focus more on side dishes. You can always find a dessert post on most Fridays!
How would you describe your culinary style? Adventurous, homestyle?
I would say that my culinary style is more homestyle, I am not that adventurous of an eater. I tend to stick to recipes that have ingredients that I know and love. I am trying to come out of my shell a little bit more and try new things, one of those this past year was quinoa.
Gooey or crunchy?
Crunchy, a bag of chips is my ultimate weakness.
If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?
Grilled cheese and tomato soup with a hot fudge sundae for dessert
What part do you find the most challenging about blogging?
Honestly, it depends on the day. I go through waves when I like one part of it better than the other. I probably struggle with writing the most just because I am always trying to find some type of story to connect with my readers, but sometimes I just want to say “This was amazing, make it.”
Do you have any photography tips for all the budding food-bloggers out there?
One thing that has helped me greatly is to shoot tethered (connected to the computer with your camera). I am able to do this through Lightroom. One of the most frustrating things early on in my photography was taking a shot, loading it on to the computer, and realizing it was blurry or too dark. Shooting this way has helped me look at the photograph instantly and be able to adjust as needed. I also always use a cheap white poster board to reflect light and fill in the shadows. One of my favorite things to do is spend the weekends browsing different thrift shops looking for cheap props I can use in my photos.
What blogs do you follow?
All images courtesy of Krissy Roszell.