Friday Foodie – Blogger Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking

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There are so many types of food bloggers out there – from professional cooks to home chefs to very creative moms who just love to share the meals they make for their families with others. Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking is somewhere in between. One thing for sure, she cooks with love and creates wonderful dishes for her family, made with local, seasonal products that she finds in the New England area.

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Being a native Scot you can find great recipes from her homeland (which I am sure will pique Christina’s interest!) as well. She has been cooking from an early age and masters curry and decadent soups (I am gearing up to try her carrot, sweet potato and mushroom soup).

Let’s meet Caroline!

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[1] Have you always been a foodie, or is that something’s you grew into?

Pretty much always, I remember helping my mum cook at a very early age and by the time I was a girl guide (girl scout) in my teens, I was making a three course Indian meal for one of the badges, not to mention all the cooking on camps etc.

[2] How and why did you begin your blog?

Since moving to Cambridge, MA, I have sort of been looking for my old profession’s work but hadn’t had any luck plus have enjoyed spending time with my toddler son as well. The blogging came out of conversations with friends as we were talking about some of the things I had been making and it seemed a perfect fit. I had been thinking about it a while, but the encouragement helped spark me to action!

[3] What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?

There are too many things…but given my son is addicted to homemade gnocchi, that would have to in there, plus I recently made moussaka again after not having made it a while and while it takes a while it is really worth it.

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[4] What is your favorite thing to eat?

I love all kinds of foods, from a great curry (I miss some of the places we used to go to in London!), to seafood and tapas. It doesn’t have to be complicated, if the ingredients are good.

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[5] What is your comfort food?

Maybe because it’s on my mind, but it might have to be homemade moussaka, that yummy bechemel mixing in with the tomatoey mince and eggplant. That and fruit, oddly.

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[6] Describe your perfect food day?

It would probably have to start with the lobster eggs benedict that I recently made, maybe some good clam chowder and a lobster roll for lunch (given where I am) or else tapas, then one of my favorite special but easy dinners to make is peppered fillet steak with sweet potato fritters, goats cheese and arugula.

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[7] What are three other blogs that inspire you?

I suspect a lot of people say this but Smitten Kitchen has to be one, it is probably the first true blog I ever read as I wasn’t really aware of them when I lived in the UK. I am starting to find ideas now on a whole range of blogs, but if I had to narrow it down I would say I have found some great ideas on Vegetarian Ventures and 101 cookbooks.

[8] Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?

I am still pretty new myself, but I would say the best things I have learnt so far are do some homework – a lot of other bloggers have written some great articles suggesting how to get set up and things that have worked for them (Cookie and Kate has a great post on setting up), and then both put time in to making quality content and working social media to get it out there. And make sure you connect with your readers, you want to keep them!

Thanks Caroline!

Keep up with Caroline’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest and of course by visiting Caroline’s Cooking.

How about you? What would you like to ask Caroline? 

77 Comments

  1. Carol Cassara
    February 6, 2015

    She can come cook for me any time, those look yummy! Also I like her suggestions. I also began with Smitten…

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Carol, Smitten Kitchen is a really great blog and such an inspiration to others!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Carol – it’s a shame we can’ t taste foods through the internet, isn’t it?! Yes Smitten is great for ideas and I love the style.

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  2. Tam warner minton
    February 6, 2015

    I was fearful of photos of haggis, but all of this looks yummy!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Tam, it does have a bad reputation doesn’t it?!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Tam, I did do a variation on haggis, if you can dare to take a look – it really is much better than the reputation! But I love all foods, and glad you like the look of them!

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  3. Yay! A fellow Scot! So happy you featured Caroline, Andi as I had not yet found her! Her dishes look delicious and I’m looking forward to getting to know her and following along! Thanks for the shout-out, too! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Christina, happy to make the Scotch connection!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by already, Christina, and lovely to come across a fellow Scot with a love of food in this part of the world too!

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  4. Kimba
    February 6, 2015

    I don’t eat eggs, but I am a LOVER of all things curry – thanks for the link to the yummo curry recipes.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Kimba, oh curry, love it as well! Do you have a favorite type?

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks for your kind words, Kimba, I am hoping to post some more curries soon which I hope you will like!

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  5. alyssa
    February 6, 2015

    These are some crazy delicious looking meals!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Alyssa, I know, hard to resist!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      That’s so kind to say, Kimba, I hope you manage to try some and enjoy them!

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  6. Chelsie
    February 6, 2015

    Her food looks amazing and her tips for new bloggers are awesome! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Chelsie, my pleasure, glad you enjoyed it.

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks for your kind words, Chelsie, I hope you manage to try some of the recipes and enjoy them!

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  7. Heather
    February 6, 2015

    Yum. These all look so great! I’m excited to read through her blog. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Heather, I am sure Caroline will appreciate that! Hope you find something that makes you drool!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Heather, I hope you come by and can enjoy some of my recipes!

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  8. jen
    February 6, 2015

    Beautiful food that tastes good made by thin, beautiful people. This is why I blog about whatever it is I blog about! Being from Scotch-Irish descent, I read with great curiosity the Haggis post on your blog.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Jen, you blog about your fascinating life in a very under-appreciated part of the world!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Yes, haggis is one of those things that has a reputation! I hope you found the post interesting and glad you like the look of my dishes.

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  9. Doreen McGettigan
    February 6, 2015

    Everything looks and sounds so good, yum! I love to cook, looking forward to looking through your site, Caroline.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Doreen, I hope some of Caroline’s recipes inspire you in your own cooking!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks Doreen, that’s very kind. I hope you manage to have a look through then try some of my recipes and enjoy them.

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  10. Kristine Foley
    February 6, 2015

    Great post! I love the diversity of food bloggers and finding new ones is the icing on the cake!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Kristine, thanks it is fun to find new bloggers from the four corners of the world.

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Kristine, I agree, it’s great coming across new bloggers!

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  11. Shannon peterson
    February 6, 2015

    That gnocchi looks amazing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Shannon, doesn’t it though?!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Shannon, we do love gnocchi in our house!

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  12. Caroline Ciener
    February 6, 2015

    I am drooling now, these all look so good!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Caroline, the danger of interviewing food bloggers!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Caroline, that’s very kind! I hope you manage to try some of them and enjoy!

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  13. Lois Alter Mark
    February 6, 2015

    What a great interview. I’m going to have to follow her now because those photos are mouthwatering – especially the gnocchi!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Lois, I hope you do, her dishes are quick and easy for a busy lady like yourself!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Lois, that’s very kind. I would love if you followed along and enjoy some of what you see!

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  14. Angie
    February 6, 2015

    Wow all those dishes look great! I’m pinning and will follow her for sure:-). Would love to see some Scottish dishes too!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Angie, so glad you liked them, her food does look delicious!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Angie, that’s very kind. I have a couple Scottish recipes on the blog but sure I will add more over time so do please follow along!

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  15. md kennedy
    February 7, 2015

    I am really impressed with the variety in Caroline’s repertoire: curry to Greek to comfort food! I’ll have to start reading her blog.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @MD, I know, a little bit of traveling can open up your cooking experiences as well!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks for your kind words, MD, I am lucky enough to have lived and travelled a few places which helps! I hope you manage to stop by.

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  16. Jeanine
    February 7, 2015

    Yum this all looks so great! Love learning of new bloggers with recipes to share!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Jeanine, me too! So much better than searching out recipes on Google!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Jeanine, I love coming across new bloggers too and am so grateful of Andi’s feature.

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  17. [email protected]
    February 7, 2015

    Caroline sounds like a fantastic cook. I would love to have the time to cook the wonderful foods she shared.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Beth, me too!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Beth, there are a few quick recipes in there and others with suggestions on how to break them up and make them easier so hopefully you might manage to try one and enjoy!

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  18. Donna
    February 7, 2015

    lobster eggs Benedict sounds amazing!!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Donna, I agree!

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    2. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Donna, it is pretty special! It’s always good when slightly crazy ideas work out!

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  19. Mai Tran
    February 7, 2015

    ACORN SQUASH GNOCCHI is the greatest dish I’ve seen this week!

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    1. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Mai, that’s very kind of you to say (and they are really tasty too, I hope you enjoy!)

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  20. Chrissy
    February 7, 2015

    The gnocchi looks amazing!!! I love finding new food bloggers to follow. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Chrissy, I hope you find some recipes you enjoy. We all love the gnocchi here!

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  21. Karissa
    February 7, 2015

    Nice to meet you Caroline. What great looking food.

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    1. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Karissa, I hope you manage to try some of the recipes!

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  22. Samantha&[email protected]
    February 7, 2015

    A lot of great new recipes to try! The lobster eggs benedict will definitely be one of them 🙂

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    1. Caroline | carolinescooking
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks, Samantha&Bev, I hope you enjoy them (I think the lobster eggs benedict is hard not to!)

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  23. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide
    February 7, 2015

    Lobster benedict sounds SO good! I love a good food blogger- I’m excited to read more!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 8, 2015

      @Chelly, lobster anything is a star in my book!

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  24. Katie
    February 8, 2015

    Nice to read about a fellow Londoner! Sounds like she’s been cooking for years. That lobster breakfast sounds incredibly decadent!

    Katie <3

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 8, 2015

      @Katie, who doesn’t love lobster in the morning!

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  25. Ashley
    February 8, 2015

    Lovely food! I am trying to Cook more often!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Ashley, good for you. It is so easy to buy take-out or microwave something, better and healtier and cheaper to cook, but sometimes its hard!

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  26. Brenda
    February 8, 2015

    OMG! Homemade gnocchi! I have always wanted to make that….great interview!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Brenda, and I didn’t realize it was so easy to make, could be kind of dangerous!

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  27. joanna
    February 11, 2015

    i consider fruit my comfort food, too!! i love sweets so at least it isn’t as bad as eating a huge piece of cake (which i do sometimes, too!)

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Joanna, it is true there are many sweet fruits, my hubby eats them for dessert all the time, but nothing wrong with cake either 😉

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  28. denise low
    February 19, 2015

    I love your blog. And the different recipes that you have. Thank you

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 19, 2015

      @Denise, thank you!

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  29. susan king
    February 25, 2015

    Do you want to come to my house and cook for me ? That’s some great sounding, looking food !!

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  30. susan king
    February 27, 2015

    Love your recipes !! This sounds so good and I can’t wait to try it !!

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  31. Shannon
    October 19, 2015

    I also love curries! Thank you for sharing your fave blogs, I will have to check them out.

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