• I really like seeing your photography set up! Great lighting equipment.

    • As you know with your own photography, lighting makes all the difference Leora. It really isn’t too expensive and it makes for much better pictures. 🙂

  • In spite of the fact that I’ve been online since 1999, I don’t have a clue as to what a ‘hotspot’ is. Could you enlighten me?

    I can’t say that I really like cooking, at least not at all the way you do. I can cook as long as I have a recipe, and there are some dishes I like cooking because they’re easy to fix and everyone seems to like them. Other than that though, I am definitely not a cook.

    I applaud you on the skill you possess in the kitchen. I’d probably be fixing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all the time if I don’t clip a lot of your recipes. 😛

    • Hi Glynis, LOL, no worries. A Hotspot is a portable wifi that you can get through your cell phone provider. They charge you by data usage. It can get quite expensive to do.

      Easy is the operative word for my skill in the kitchen. It pleases me that you find my recipes good enough to clip and try. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    I have always admired the photos in your food posts. They make everything so enticing, the visuals actually match the taste and encourage readers to try the recipes. It’s also clear from the results that the recipes are tested. I’ve never made one of your recipes and not been happy with the results, even when the ingredients look like they may not be to my taste or if they don’t present as beautifully as yours.

    • Thanks Debra, It does make me happy that my efforts to showcase the final product matches the expectation of the end user when one tries my recipes. I now have a VERY large smile on the face because of what you had to say. WOOT! 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Wow! That was so interesting just knowing how you put these together. Like Deb, every one I have tried has been wonderful and the pictures do make a difference. We eat with our eyes first, right?

    • Thanks Jacqueline, A very good friend and tester was the one who recommended I write this post. She thought others would find it a fun and interesting read. Yep, eating with our eye’s is where it starts. 😀

  • Paul Graham

    Thanks for sharing these insights into writing a food article, Susan. It seems a very thorough and effective approach. From seeing some of your recipes I think it also incorporates a review of how a reader might misinterpret because your clarity is so good and unambiguous you seem to have eliminated them all !

    • Hi Paul, I do try to make sure there are no missteps. It’s all about helps others find success in the kitchen for me. Many times a recipe can be misunderstood, I know I have made a few mistake because of it. 🙂

  • Interesting getting a sneak peek at your mode of operation, Susan! I’ll look forward to more from you. Especially that chocolate tempering post! Cheers and happy merging …

    • I am so glad you found it interesting to see Doreen. There is much in the works. The chocolate cover version are to die for. 🙂

  • crystal Ross

    I love your dedication and it is inspiring to see how much work you put into it. I l love food and I LOVE EASY recipes. I will be back . thanks =)

    • Thansk Crystal. Doing it right isn’t easy, but the rewards for doing so are happy readers and end users of the recipes. BTW: I love having you join in on the conversation.

  • Jon Jefferson

    I hope the consolidation is going smooth. All that extra work can make life frustrating.

    • It going is the best I can say about it Jon. In the end I know it will be worth it, but for now it isn’t much fun. :/

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Bring on the salads! It’s great to see your process as it demystifies it. Good writing, good blogging, good anything… it takes a lot of steps and work!

    • That’s so very true Jeri. Nothing good comes without a great deal of hard work. It sure helps that it’s a labor of love for me. It was fun seeing what others thought of the process. 🙂

  • Dana Buckmir

    Like writing anything, even recipe writing is a process. I don’t think people realize how many steps you have to take to get to the final product. It looks like you have many interesting recipes on the way once you get settled. I’m looking forward to the homemade hummus.

    • How true, how true Dana. I am very excited about the line of recipe in the future. I just need to get my kitchen, office and equipment back in good order to get going again. 🙂

  • It is indeed a tough job to maintain a recipe blog! I like your dedication in the work! After all these hard work,you really deserve some good compliments, Susan!!

    • Hi Tuhin, Thank you for your kind thoughts. I do enjoy what I do and all that I create, nevertheless, it does take time and effort. 🙂

      • I forgot to add that your photographic setup is cool as well! Are those CFL bulbs?( P.S- I have zero knowledge about photography. So pardon me if I am wrong 🙂 )
        It will be helpful if you can provide me a link or two on how to set up a mini studio in home (like yours) including the light, brightness adjustments!

        • Hi Tuhin, If you look just below the post, there are four Amazon links. The last two showcase the lighting equipment I use. Beyond that, I use 2 simple large fiber-core sheets as a back drop. I hope this helps answer your question. 🙂

  • Can’t wait to read the upcoming list of recipes. It is funny how easy people think running a recipe site it when in fact it is hard work! Love your photo center.

    • Hi Sherryl, Indeed, easy it’s not… LOL. The makeshift studio works very well for me and its fun when I really get going on stuff.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    How on earth do you manage to get out so many posts each week when this is the amount of work required just for the food posts?

    • That is a good question Rebecca. Many of my food post are done over time. Partly because I have testers who give their feedback. For example, the marshmallow post was actually done over a three month period, all while I was working on other food posts that I had already tested. It helps that I like to cook and test recipes. 🙂

      BTW: You were nominated for a few awards on my recent Awards post. So check it out when time permits. 🙂

      • Moon


  • Wow, you certainly put your heart and soul into your cooking and your blogging 🙂 It was interesting to see your ‘cook to blog process’ 🙂

    • Hi Sandy, What a nice thing to say, thank you. I do enjoy the whole process. I also love the things I’ve learned along the way. 🙂

  • Adrienne

    That’s a process for sure Susan and I kind of figured it would take some time because who wants to write about a recipe that you haven’t really tried and tested. I think taking the picture of the end result is also a big plus so it helps us realize that we can do this too.

    Sure hope you’re getting settled and I’ll look forward to your upcoming recipes too!


    • Hi Adrienne, The settling part is coming along, but much slower then I would have hoped.

      I have this obsessive and compulsive thing about making sure what I showcase is really a good product. If it isn’t, it will never see the light of day on my blog. It also helps that I enjoy doing it. 🙂

  • Greg Narayan

    This is a cool realm of blogging Susan. I will await the pancake post. If done well I can eat those things like no tomorrow … plain without syrup or anything. Maybe a hint of butter though.

    ps Cute titles to-be

    • Thanks Greg. Our pancake recipe is easy, no fail and delicious. I know you’ll love it. When the dust settles with our move, it is on the list to produce and photograph. 🙂

  • Valerie Remy-Milora

    Thanks for sharing your process Susan! What fun! Yes it sounds like work but it is clear you LOVE it! I mostly share my own recipes on my blog and occasionally showcase some from friends or other bloggers, and like you I have to know that they will come out right and not be too complicated to duplicate before I can share any recipes.

    Photographing food for recipes is an art in and of itself and I would love to know more about your process… Good luck getting your kitchen “food blogging ready”. I am looking forward to all that you have in store for us 🙂

    • Hi Valerie, Your welcome and yes I do love it all. It’s another form of creativity I do enjoy. I so agree with you about recipe sharing. Too often recipes that are shared haven’t been properly vetted and the results aren’t good.

      If I can help answer any questions about my photography process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to help you in any way I can. 🙂

  • Wow, can’t imagine combining two “established” houses and kitchens – exciting!! That’s quite a set up you have for taking pictures… no wonder your stuff always looks so good. Good luck getting through all of the craziness!

    • Hi Dan, Yep it quite a project and one that has almost done me in… LOL. The photography setup really isn’t so much. Gina helped a lot with the know how. 🙂

  • Along Came Mary

    What a fabulous post. I love seeing what goes into making my favorite blogs, & now I see why your photos are always so great 😉

    • Aw, thanks Mary. I wasn’t so sure anyone would enjoy it. I was wrong. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    I love hearing about your process! I know it’s a lot of work, but people like me who do not cook appreciate all the easy to make recipes you supply. Thank you for all your efforts on my part. 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, You’re so welcome and thank you my dear friend. It always surprises people, who work with me in the kitchen, what it takes to produce a recipe and pictures for a blog post. 🙂

  • Karena

    You definitely have a labor of love for the blog and your readers! Can’t wait to see your upcoming recipe posts! Keep it up 🙂

    • Hi Karena, Thanks, you seen me in action and we did have fun with those marshmallows. Even more fun recipes are on the way. 🙂

  • Jacs Henderson

    What a terrific post, I’ve always thought that you must put hours of work into each food post .. and now we see the truth! What a true lady of integrity, I love that .. such a rigorous and meticulous process to perfect your recipes to please your readers is indeed an award in itself. I really identify with these qualities in you Susan, which shine through in all your research and preparation before any of your blog posts (and books) even hit the page!
    Loved this story … you are such a professional 🙂

    • Aw, I’m blushing now. Thank you Jacs. You my friend are at he best.