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Friday Foodie – Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

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This is going to be the last Friday Foodie for a while. I am putting the series on a hiatus so that I can keep content fresh, interest high and readers happy. I cannot think of a better food blogger to end this season of interviews with than Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.

I love her blog, I love her style. Her Instagram and Facebook photos slay me. Not only does Heather cook great looking food, she works with small-batch alcohols to make amazing cocktails, she mixes in movie themes (which as a movie buff I love) and creates themed weeks that will have you weak in the knees…if I still recovering from Wing Week!

Let’s meet Heather!

Food blogger Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

[1] Have you always been a foodie, or is that something’s you grew into?
I’ve always liked to eat, and I’ve always found comfort in the kitchen. I enjoy the sensory experiences that accompany food and cooking, as well as the history, culture, and tradition that influence any given dish. I’ve always liked to know the “why” and the “how”. So, even though foodie is such a broad term, I’ll have to answer yes. I’ve always looked at food as more than a means to a full stomach.

[2] How and why did you begin your blog?
I started my blog in February of 2009. I’d been working in restaurants for nine years at that point, and the hours were just too demanding with little kids at home. I started blogging as a way to explore food further, develop my writing and photography skills, and be an all-around creative outlet. I recently celebrated my sixth year of blogging, and remade the very first dish I ever shared on my blog, Manhattan Clam Chowder.

Food blogger Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen Manhattan Clam Chowder

[3] What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?
Oh boy, this really depends on my mood. Let’s just say that one of my favorite things to make is homemade bread. The process of kneading is very therapeutic, the smell of bread baking is pretty much one of the best smells in the universe, and the final product…well…

Food bloggerHeather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen Kouign Amann

[4] What is your favorite thing to eat?
This is another hard one. I have lots of favorites. I’ll give you a top 3 (but don’t hold me to it):

1. A good steak cooked to medium and smothered in Béarnaise Sauce
2. Chilaquiles
3. Roasted garlic on top of baked brie with a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of white wine

[5] What is your comfort food?
Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken a la King, Chicken Noodle Soup, or roasted chicken. Hmmm…apparently I have a theme to my comfort.

Food blogger Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen Chicken Pot Pie

[6] Describe your perfect food day?
Something involving travel, culture, and history. I like a bit of learning with my eating—something to take home and draw inspiration from later, in my own kitchen.

[7] What are three other blogs that inspire you?
1. Joy the Baker. She’s one of the first 3 blogs I read before starting my own. I love that she lets us into her life, and that her photos, though styled and beautiful, still feel accessible.
2. Nutmeg Nanny. Brandy is funny, personable, and she can cook the shit out of some food. I always leave her blog hungry. Plus, I love her photography style; it’s bold and the food plays the lead role.
3. Life’s A Feast. If I ever need writing inspiration, I can find it from Jamie, either here or at her other collaboration blog, Plated Stories.

[8] Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?
Don’t try to be anybody other than yourself. Your voice, your point of view, your “youness” is what will make you and in turn, your readers, happy with your space.

Blogging advice

Thanks Heather!

Keep up with Heather’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and of course by visiting All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.

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

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Olivine Eyes

Sunday 4th of September 2016

I'll have to read her blog, I also love the smell of baking bread and garlic. Mmm, garlic.

Shannon

Saturday 10th of October 2015

Everything is so pretty. I love making homemade bread as well, along with mac and cheese baked of course.

jen

Wednesday 1st of April 2015

I have loved Heather's blog ever since you posted about her a few years ago. That gypsy wagon header calls to me. =) Beautiful post. I am always amazed by the number of sophisticated food and travel bloggers who list some kind of bread with butter or wine as their ultimate favorite dish. I like to knead, too.

Heather | girlichef

Wednesday 1st of April 2015

Always nice to meet a fellow gypsy soul! Thank you for your kind words. :)

Judy Thomas

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

Yum! Great photos and post.Thank you

Ayesha

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

yummy food Heather! Nice to meet you! :)

Heather | girlichef

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

Thanks Ayesha! :)