Blogger Spotlight: Johnna Knows Good Food

This week's personality featured in The Daily Meal's weekly column Blogger Spotlight is Johnna Rowe. For those new to the column, every Friday, we highlight a member of The Daily Meal's Culinary Content Network, a limited group of exclusive bloggers who write about food and drink.

We look to this group of talented food writers for inspiration and participation in The Daily Meal whether for restaurant recommendations or new recipes to try out for dinner. Our editorial team covers All Things Food and Drink and we tap the CCN to help keep these folks up to speed on what is happening around the country and the world whether that means eating out or just in their kitchens.

Johnna Rowe is the Culinary Content Network blogger and creator of Johnna Knows Good Food. She created her blog in 2007 to share her recipes with her family and friends, and readership took off from there. Rowe is based in Washington, D.C. and writes restaurant reviews, explains etiquette tips, reviews products, and shares recipes.

What's the mission of your blog:  To share recipes, drink mixes, etiquette tips, and restaurant reviews.

How did you get started?
In November 2007, I began the blog as a way to share my dining experiences with family and friends.

What foods can you not live without?

What food can't you stand?
Raisins. Yuck.

Which blog post are you the most proud of?
My post about preparing lamb called Johnna Had A Little Lamb.

What is your biggest blog blunder?
The National Food & Wine Festival post about the upcoming event did not come out until the event was already over due to my oversite. Oops.

What is your most memorable comment from a reader?
How much they love my Etiquette Tuesday posts...people get a kick out of the things I "read" people over.

What is your cooking playlist?
Law & Order in the background on my TV. TV is company and I like having it on while I'm cooking.

What food blogs do you love?
Eater, Bitches Who Brunch, and Capital Cooking.

Any favorite food apps?
OpenTable is the best thing ever!

What is the best thing about blogging?
You can say what you feel and it is your platform.

What's the worst thing about blogging?
The gazillion tech issues that have made the blogging experience difficult.

Do you have a recipe you're currently obsessed with?
Slow-Cooked Ethiopian Chicken Stew.

What would even your most loyal followers be surprised to learn about you?
My guilty pleasures are California Tortilla nachos.

What are your five all-time favorite posts?