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?

30 Comments

  1. Heather | girlichef
    March 27, 2015

    I feel so honored to be closing out this season of Friday Foodie! Thank you so much for your kind words, Andi…and for featuring me as part of this delicious and fun series. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Andi Fisher
      March 27, 2015

      @Heather, the honor was mine to have you!

      Reply
  2. twitchetts.blogspot.com
    March 27, 2015

    She makes her food pics sooo beautiful!! Following her on Instagram now 🙂

    Reply
    1. Heather | girlichef
      March 28, 2015

      Thank you so much, it’s great to connect with you on Instagram 🙂

      Reply
  3. Kendra {Open Spaces}
    March 27, 2015

    Ive loved these posts, but I totally get the need to be refreshed and inspired. Cant wait for whats next

    Reply
  4. krystel
    March 27, 2015

    beautiful pics

    Reply
    1. Heather | girlichef
      March 28, 2015

      Thank you Krystel. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Mai T.
    March 28, 2015

    Always so good photos in your food bloggers posts!

    Reply
  6. What a great choice! I luuurve Heather’s blog! This was a lovely peek into Heather’s experience as a blogger.

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    1. Heather | girlichef
      March 30, 2015

      Hi Karen {waving}!!!

      Reply
  7. Patricia Salyers
    March 28, 2015

    She is the bomb thanks for sharing

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    1. Heather | girlichef
      March 29, 2015

      Awwww, that just made my day :). Thanks!

      Reply
  8. Joanne T Ferguson
    March 28, 2015

    What a great interview and always enjoy learning something new about fellow bloggers! Sharing!

    Reply
  9. Corina Ramos
    March 29, 2015

    Nice to meet you Heather. I’ve asked the hubs to get me a bread maker…I would love to bake my own bread!

    Reply
    1. Heather | girlichef
      March 30, 2015

      Thanks Corina! I hope you get your breadmaker, they come in very handy. I have a really old one that was my moms once upon a time, but it still works! 🙂

      Reply
  10. Suzanne Lamoutte
    March 29, 2015

    I love posts like this and getting to know other bloggers. Thank you! You’re doing a great job.

    Reply
  11. Christine
    March 30, 2015

    I have to agree that a great steak is the way to my heart!!

    Reply
  12. Jess Benoit
    March 30, 2015

    Great interview & her food looks amazing!

    Reply
  13. Ronda
    March 30, 2015

    Wow, the chowder looks delicious!

    Reply
  14. Jaclyn Anne
    March 30, 2015

    I loved reading this interview!! Great images – now I am starving!! 🙂

    Reply
  15. I’ve never heard of girl chef but now I’m totally obsessed with her blog!! Since you won’t have any new Foodie Fridays for a while, I’m going to have to go backstalk your old ones!

    Reply
    1. Heather | girlichef
      March 31, 2015

      That is so nice of you to say! 🙂

      Reply
  16. Richard Hicks
    March 30, 2015

    She is very interesting. Wish I was a better cook.

    Reply
  17. Ayesha
    March 31, 2015

    yummy food Heather! Nice to meet you! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Heather | girlichef
      March 31, 2015

      Thanks Ayesha! 🙂

      Reply
  18. Judy Thomas
    March 31, 2015

    Yum! Great photos and post.Thank you

    Reply
  19. jen
    April 1, 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.

    Reply
    1. Heather | girlichef
      April 1, 2015

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

      Reply
  20. Shannon
    October 10, 2015

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

    Reply
  21. Olivine Eyes
    September 4, 2016

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

    Reply

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