This week, we’re proud to feature Jessica Formicola of Savory Experiments in the Blogger Spotlight. For those new to the column, every Friday, we highlight a member of The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network, a limited group of 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 keep up to speed on what is happening around the country and the world — from fine dining to home cooking.
Jessica Formicola is the blogger for and creator of Savory Experiments. She is based in Baltimore and started her blog to share culinary tips and ideas for cooks of all levels for all occasions. By day, she works as a psychotherapist, and by night, she is a home chef and photographer.
The Daily Meal: What is the mission of your blog?
Jessica Formicola: To give everyone confidence in the kitchen.
How did you get started with your blog?
You know what, no one has ever asked me this question and some might be surprised by the answer. It was because hubby and I were undergoing fertility treatment. I needed something to do to keep my mind off of it and something to do while I was on bedrest. When I started, I had never read a food blog. I had no idea the market was saturated or that this could be something I could monetize. It was my therapy to keep my mind off the things that were (or weren’t) happening. We were unsuccessful, but Savory Experiments was born!
What are some foods you can’t live without?
Potatoes, my homemade spaghetti and meatballs, and chiles rellenos.
What are some foods you can’t stand?
American cheese and mayonnaise.
What is your proudest blog post?
My Caramel Apple Snicker Cake.
What is your biggest blog blunder?
What is the most memorable comment you’ve gotten from a reader?
“Thank you. Your step-by-step instructions gave me the confidence to prepare this dish for a dinner party and everyone raved. I know feel like I can tackle anything in my kitchen.”
What’s on your cooking playlist?
It depends on what I’m making! Italian food always calls for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett; summer grilling is country music on Pandora; and all other occasions are classic rock.
What are some food blogs you love?
There are so many fabulous food blogs out there, it is difficult to only pick a few, but I’m in love with Debi from Life Currents. Her photography and vegetarian recipes are pretty spectacular.
What are some food apps you love?
I don’t really use any food apps. I’m old school, although I do use my Food Bible on a weekly basis. It’s the best tool in the kitchen and mine has all sorts of sticky notes and scribbles on it.
What is the best thing about blogging?
The versatility — I’m sitting on the beach while I answer these questions.
Worst thing about blogging?
It never ends, even on a beach vacation.
Which recipe are you currently obsessed with?
Risotto. I love it — you can’t go wrong. My favorite is the Tomato and Basil Risotto.
What would even your most loyal followers be surprised to learn about you?
Probably that blogging is my second job. During the day I am a psychotherapist and actually manage an outpatient program at hospital.
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