Another Friday, another awesome food blogger! This time Kari from Loaves n Dishes! Kari has lived in the U.S., Canada and even Germany following her hockey-playing husband, currently in Florida, Kari took her love for food everywhere she went, including culinary school!
Kari’s blog has an eclectic variety of recipes and while she does have desserts she shares a lot of great savory recipes that really appeal to me like a lentil and mushroom tart that calls to the inner francophile in me and her whole wheat cheddar drop biscuits that allow me to be bad and good all in the same luscious bite.
Let’s meet Kari!
 Have you always been a foodie, or is that something you grew into?
My mom and dad both worked, so I took on the cooking duties from an early age. I don’t know that I would consider myself a foodie from that age, but I did love experimenting in the kitchen…If there was a new way that I thought of to use canned soup, I tried it!
 How and why did you begin your blog?
I had wanted to write a cookbook for the longest time, but was not disciplined in writing out my recipes as I created them, because that meant that I would have to take the time to measure out the ingredients and I hated to measure! In talking with a bunch of friends, they mentioned that they had begun getting rid of their cookbooks because they just go to the World Wide Web for their recipes. I actually didn’t know a thing about blogs or blogging until a friend suggested that I start a blog. So I started a blog, without knowing a thing.
 What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?
I like pretty much anything Italian; I love that Italian food isn’t fussy, and that it’s about humble, yet good quality ingredients. Someone (who shall remain nameless) once told me that Italian food is boring and all the same…Italian food is so much more than spaghetti and meatballs!
 What is your favorite thing to eat?
Other than cheese, chocolate and bread, I love to eat vegetables. Billy, my husband thinks that I’m completely whacky because I get so excited for veggies. So far, I’ve not come across a vegetable that I haven’t liked; I even put them in and on pancakes for a quick and easy dinner or brunch.
 What is your comfort food?
When I’m sick, or sad, or it’s a cold night, or I’m just hungry, pasta soothes my soul! As of late I’ve been crushing on this Penne with Butternut Squash and Pistachio Pesto, not only is it delicious, but it’s loaded with nutrition, so that I feel good eating it as well as feel good about eating it!
 Describe your perfect food day?
My perfect food day happens for me on vacation! For me food is as much about the cultural experience as the site seeing. When I travel, I avoid the touristy restaurants and find out where the locals go to eat.
I would rather take a shorter vacation, and eat really well for every meal, than a long vacation that has me eating at McDonalds and Subway. When I spend my vacation visiting family in Victoria I can’t get enough of Canada’s favorite treat, Nanaimo Bars!
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
Julia from The Roasted Root, she not only cooks super healthy, yummy food, but she’s witty, and I find myself chuckling as I read her posts.
Tricia from Saving Room for Dessert, she’s my go to for all things baking, and her stunning photos inspire me to put more thought into my own photography.
Finally Angela from Oh She Glows, she makes eating vegan delish!
 Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?
I don’t consider myself a writer, but a friend of mine who is a writer told me that when writing, write the way you would speak, I’ve never forgotten that. Also, be yourself, it is your uniqueness that readers are looking for!
How about you? What would you like to ask Kara?
What’s your perfect food day?