Our first edition of The People in my Bloggerhood!!! And today we are talking with the Bumbling Baker*.
*Please Note: we aren't using real names on the Internet
The BB and me go way back. We worked together, lived together, and ate together. When I started the Lord of the Wings blog, she (and her SO Rayzor)was there supporting and reading all the way. Then last year she started her own blog on her baking escapades. And while her moniker suggests that there are some culinary mistakes, I have never eaten (or seen from her blog) really anything that went wrong. In fact, her treats are excellent. We don't live in the same city anymore, so I miss sampling her desserts. Thanks to her blog, I can drool here and wish I had a cupcake after I've eaten wings.
There's lots of recipes and product reviews on her site. Some of my favourite creations she's made are Making Whoopie Pies, and Cheesecake brownies, but visually I love her themed desserts. Holiday cupcakes in particular are not only decorated expertly, I love the uniqueness of them. For example, from centre then clockwise from upper right: Guinness Cupcakes (that look like a pint of beer); Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes, Superbowl Cupcakes, Lovebug Cupcakes for Valentines Day, and Dirt Cupcakes (with Oreo dirt and a little worm!) for Earth day. Creative and delicious I'm sure.
*NOTE: sitting down is in reference to our respective homes in our own seats over the Internet via e-mail correspondence.
Who are you & where do you live?
I'm DLB, and I live in Toronto.
What is Your Blog?
The Bumbling Baker.
Why did you start blogging?
Initially, to post pictures of stuff that I was making/decorating to share with my friends and family, and do some reviews, but now I mostly feature recipes that I try out, and share my reaction to them with other bakers and bloggers.
What do you want out of your blog?
Just to challenge myself a bit in the kitchen - if I didn't blog, I'd probably never bake anything new.
How Long Have you been Blogging?
For a little over a year - I started at the end of January 2008.
What is your favourite blog? You know, other than LOTW.
The Pioneer Woman. She's really funny and she takes good pictures. She talks about nuts, but not the baking kind.
Do you feel there’s real interaction between you and your readers?
Well, Google Analytics tells me that people go to my site, but the comments/emails are limited. Still, I don't need an electronic response to feel good about it - the blog is really just a good excuse to bake all the time. :)
Any crazy blog-related stories?
Not that I can think of, but I have gotten some free vanilla extract and cinnamon and that was pretty awesome. I always think getting something for free is crazy!
What is your favourite chicken wing?
Are you kidding me? Gross.
Do you have a favourite cooking show?
I have lots of favourites. I mostly enjoy the reality cooking shows - Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, The Next Food Network Star. Iron Chef America is probably the one I watch the most often, but I wish that I could see Good Eats and License to Grill more often.
Do you cook? What is your specialty?
I don't really cook. I'm blessed to live with a guy who's great at cooking. Why mess with a good thing? Plus, I really suck at it. Seriously!I think that my favourite thing to bake are cookies, but I love decorating cupcakes.
What is the most disgusting thing you have ever eaten?
Some white bean casserole thing I made once. It's the only thing that Rayzor has ever refused to eat that I know of. I told you I suck at cooking!
If there was one thing you would want the Wing Nation to know about you and your blog, what would it be?
Chicken wings have nothing on Guinness Chocolate Cake. I'm just sayin'!
Thanks Bumbling Baker.
We'll try and forgive the anti-wing responses.