Life's Ambrosia: Profile of a Seattle Food Blog
By Alanna Kellogg on March 09, 2010
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Say hello to Deseree, a 20-something food blogger from Seattle who "cooks and eats" and relies on her talented husband to "shoot and eat" for her food blog celebrating the "food of the gods."
Name – Deseree
Hometown – Seattle
Day Job – Marketing Assistant
Sharing Your Table – Family, friends and anyone who's interested :)
THE BLOG: Life's Ambrosia
About the Name – "Ambrosia means "food of the gods" or "nectar of life" in Greek mythology. I interpreted that as the things that keep you going, keep you happy. Originally the blog was going to be about a variety of things (cooking, family, books, etc…) the important things, or nectar, of my life so I picked Life's Ambrosia. When I narrowed it down to just a recipe blog the name still fit so I kept it."
First Post – 2008
How Your Blogging Has Changed, Then vs. Now – "Originally I was only blogging every couple of weeks, however now it has become a part of my life. I take it more seriously then I did in the beginning but I still have a lot of fun doing it."
"Elevator Description" – "My blog is a recipe blog with quick and easy homemade for the everyday home cook. I believe that food doesn't have to be fancy or gourmet to be food that you and your family will love."
"Hobby Blog," or a Step in Your Career Plan? – "A step in my career plan."
Blogging Platform – Wordpress
Pageviews per Month – 150,000
Page Rank – 4
Subscribers – 1500
Posting Frequency – 5 days a week
Favorite Post This Year – Cheesy Roasted Garlic Potato Balls
Surpringly Popular – Caramelized French Onion Dip
Deciding What to Post When – "I usually decide right before I write the post, I try to avoid posting things that are too similar to each other each week."
Recipes That Don't Work Out – "I keep working on them until they are how I want them."
Cooking Groups – "I belong to Daring Bakers. It's nice to be a part of a community, and I like the challenge. It has brought me new readers as well as introduced me to blogs I wouldn't have found otherwise."
Camera & Lenses – Nikon D40 with 55mm Macro lens
Location – Kitchen table
Personal Photo Trick – tripod and macro lens
Favorite Photo This Year – Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Sources of Inspiration – "I get my recipe inspiration from friends, family, browsing through food magazines and visits to restaurants."
Favorite Cookbook This Year – The Pioneer Woman Cooks
BlogHer food contributing editor Alanna Kellogg is on vacation but -- thank you, technology! -- her recipe websites keep on publishing. Check for the latest recipes at Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture.
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