Where did you learn to cook and photograph?
I'm completely self-taught in all blog related things. I did learn some things about cooking from my grandmas and mom, but most of what I know is from my own experience and research.
What camera do you use?
I'm currently using a Nikon D5100 with a Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens and I use natural lighting, never flash. For more info, check out my photography page.
Do you design your own website?
Yes indeedy. I started out on Blogger and have been using it happily ever since. I'm always looking up plug-ins and tutorials for different gadgets and I'm slowly learning more and more about coding.
Do you make up all your own recipes?
Yes, unless otherwise stated, all recipes are my own invention. I usually don't even measure at all when I cook anymore, except when I'm writing down a recipe to post. Since a lot of you have said you are interested in learning how to develop your own recipes, I do have a few tips for you. First, find out what your ingredients do. I don't care if you look it up on Wikipedia, but if you don't know any of the chemistry at all, you're not going to have any luck. Read any cookbook you can get your hands on. Alton Brown's cookbooks are great for learning the basics. Start out with a simple recipe and just start tweaking. That will help you get the feel for being adventurous. But the main thing is, don't be afraid of messing up. You learn the most from your mistakes. Just keep cooking.
Have you ever considered writing a cookbook?
Yes. Someday I probably will. We shall see.
Are you really eating gluten free?
Yes, I am currently eating gluten free and dairy free. Don't worry though, nothing will change here on Yammie's Noshery if my bread and cheese loving family has a say. You can check out my allergy friendly creations at Yammie's Glutenfreedom.
I made one of your recipes, can I post it on my blog?
Sure! I love to see when you guys makes my recipes! I do ask that you would link back to my original post for the recipe instead of just copying it though.
What stand mixer do you use?
You can click here to check out my stand mixer. I approve of any stand mixer as long as it's powerful and comes with a dough hook, whisk, and paddle attachment.
Do you cater?
I have done a little bit of catering, but I'm not officially a caterer. I thought about that career choice for a while, but now that I've been making money through my ads here on the blog that doesn't really seem necessary and I mostly cater for fun.
Can you provide nutrition facts? Can you provide unit conversions?
I really have no use for nutrition facts. Everything in moderation is my motto (even if I don't always follow it). Anyways, that's just one extra thing I don't really want to do. Same with unit conversions. Sorry kids, you're on your own.
How do you and your siblings get along so well?
We're best friends. Why wouldn't we get along? The way I see it, friends are free to come and go, but family is forever.
Yammie? Cookie? Piggie? Are those your real names?
Okay. So our parents aren't that weird. But Nemo, Piggie, Tay, Bellie, Boots, and Cookie are, in fact, my siblings' real nicknames. Yammie is a pen name. I made it up during one of my more intense sweet potato obsessions.
I want to start my own blog. Any tips?
Oh, where to begin? First of all, you should read my photography tips, since photos are the backbone of a food blog. Invest in a good camera and submit your photos to Foodgawker and Tastespotting if you want more traffic. Also, one of the first things you should do is ditch the blogspot or wordpress address and buy your own domain. I only pay $10 a year for mine. It makes your site seem more professional and makes it easier for people to remember the address. And don't forget to be yourself. Write what you think. Cook what you love. And most of all, be unique. People won't stay if they can find the same thing somewhere else.