Blogger Spotlight: Watch Learn Eat
This week, we’re proud to feature Sherri Hall of Watch Learn Eat 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.
Sherri Hall is based in Brick, New Jersey and is the blogger at Watch Learn Eat. Sherri and her husband Gregory created the blog together after posting cooking videos online. They are parents to two daughters and share their recipes to connect with other home cooks looking to make easy and delicious recipes.
The Daily Meal: What is the mission of your blog?
Sherri Hall: To create easy recipes for everyday home cooks.
How’d you get started with your blog?
My husband, Greg (the photographer), and I actually started by recording cooking videos for YouTube as a fun hobby which later progressed into a full food blog.
What are some foods you can’t live without?
Cheese, chocolate, and peanut butter. Just not all at the same time!
What are some foods you can’t stand?
Calamari. I know I'm part Italian, but I can't even be in the same room with it! My husband constantly reminds me to stay true to myself and not to change my recipes.
What is your proudest blog post?
Rosemary Lemon Chicken because it sparked my eldest daughter's interest in cooking.
What is your biggest blog blunder?
Changing recipes that I've already tested. I think to myself, “maybe I'll add this or take that out.” It always turns into a disaster. My husband constantly reminds me to stay true to myself and not to change my recipes.
What is your most memorable comment from a reader?
The most memorable comment I received actually came in the form of a letter. I came home from work one day and found a beautiful letter in the mailbox from a local reader. She specifically mentioned how my Ricotta Cheese Mixture recipe reminded her of her mom's. As soon as I started reading, I started tearing up and screaming like a little girl. I called Greg right away!
What’s on your cooking playlist?
A Spotify mix I put together called “80s Explosion.”
What are some food blogs you love?
I love so many that it's hard to narrow down, but off the top of my head some of my favorites are Pinch of Yum, The Pioneer Woman, Recipe Tin Eats, Peas and Crayons, Show Me the Yummy, Sally's Baking Addiction, and Damn Delicious.
Favorite food apps?
Yummly, Foodgawker, Pinterest, and Matchbook.
What is the best thing about blogging?
Being able to share my love of cooking with others.
Worst thing about blogging?
I don't really have any worst thing I can think of. The only negative is not having as much time as I'd like to work on the blog. Oh, that pesky full time job!
What recipe are you currently obsessed with?
Anything gluten-free. Greg recently started a gluten-free diet due to health concerns. Now, I am obsessed with learning to adapt our favorite recipes to accommodate his needs.
What would even your most loyal followers be surprised to learn about you?
As a lifelong Jersey Girl, it's embarrassing to admit this, but I have never tried pork roll.
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