Friday Foodie – Kari of Loaves n Dishes

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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!

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[1] 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!

[2] 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.

[3] 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!

Kari-Pasta

[4] 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.

Food blogger Kari of Loaves n Dishes zucchini pancakes
Zucchini pancakes (recipe)

[5] 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!

Food blogger Kari of Loaves n Dishes butternut squash pasta
Butternut squash pasta (recipe)

[6] 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!

Food blogger Kari of Loaves n Dishes Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo Bars (recipe)

[7] 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!

[8] 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!

Thanks Kara!

Keep up with Kara’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest and of course by visiting Loaves n Dishes.

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

What’s your perfect food day?

44 Comments

  1. Vanessa Morgan
    December 19, 2014

    All of this looks delicious. I want that butternut squash pasta.

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  2. Cara (@StylishGeek)
    December 19, 2014

    Cool feature on Kari! And I totally agree with her…food is best enjoyed when on vacation because it is also part of the cultural experience! And it is always wonderful to look back when you tried something different. For example, to this day I can say the first time I had Ostrich meat was in a restaurant in South Africa. Cool! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 21, 2014

      @Cara, there is a restaurant around here that has ostrich burgers – love them!

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  3. Yaitza
    December 19, 2014

    Pasta used to be one of my comfort foods like Kari… Those bars look amazing ;o)

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  4. Colleen Brynn
    December 19, 2014

    Yes to cheese, and yes to pasta! Although I’ve gone gluten free for health reasons, so I think I have to rediscover pasta in the gluten free category, and I’m a little reluctant to do so.
    NANAIMO bars!!! Speaking to my soul…

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 21, 2014

      @Colleen, I have had a few gluten free pastas that aren’t bad at all!

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    2. [email protected] n Dishes
      December 22, 2014

      Hi Colleen! I’ve not tried gluten free pasta, and I understand your reluctance; though you might give it a shot. If the gluten free pasta does disappoint you can always use your favorite pasta sauces to top a nice bowl of polenta or farro. Farro does contain gluten, but because it is a whole grain, mildly gluten sensitive folks are able to tolerate it.

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  5. Shipra
    December 19, 2014

    Great interview! All the food shown looks amazing!! <3

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  6. Nancy
    December 19, 2014

    Hey Kari! What a pretty name. Good for her for experimenting in the kitchen at a young age 🙂

    I LOVE NANAIMO BARS. I cannot seem to find them now that I’ve moved to the USA … I might have to start making them myself. Funny how certain things are “Canadian only” or “USA Only” right? I mean… Nanaimo bars are amazing. USA bakeries: start making them! Lol.

    Signed- the terrible baker.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 21, 2014

      @Nancy, I’ve never seen them in any bakery here either! I spent two summers sailing up in the San Juan Islands and into Canada and Nanaimo Harbor and tried the bars – why haven’t American bakeries stolen this yet?!

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    2. [email protected] n Dishes
      December 22, 2014

      Hi Nancy! I know, I looove Nanaimo bars! The bakery at my favorite grocery store actually made an attempt at Nanaimo Bars once, but called them Vancouver Island bars, probably because they didn’t know how to say Nanaimo!

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  7. Heather
    December 19, 2014

    Oooh I couldn’t agree with her more! Italian food soothes my soul no matter what the ailment as well! Great interview! 🙂

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    1. [email protected] n Dishes
      December 22, 2014

      Thanks Heather!

      Reply
  8. Local Adventurer
    December 19, 2014

    all this food looks so delicious! 🙂 I have to disagree with your.. whoever should remain nameless… I absolutely love italian food and have never found it boring.. though i rarely eat spaghetti and meatballs anymore.

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  9. susan quackenbush
    December 19, 2014

    I sure like the looks of theose Nanaimo Bars!

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  10. karissa
    December 19, 2014

    I completely agree with her about pasta. I love it!

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  11. Michelle Snow
    December 20, 2014

    oh wow! Reading stuff like this really humbles me when it comes to my cooking abilities. This looks so amazing.

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  12. Christina @ Christina's Cucina
    December 20, 2014

    So nice to meet Kari from Loaves and dishes! She’s already my friend if she loves cheese, chocolate and bread and Italian food! We’d get along swimmingly! 🙂 And those bars! Oh my…need to make those, stat!

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    1. [email protected] n Dishes
      December 22, 2014

      Thank-you Christina! It isn’t wonderful how we can make new friends and bond over food…especially carbs!

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  13. Tanya Coffman
    December 20, 2014

    Everything looks amazing and very time consuming! I’m trying to whip together new menu’s for my family…you’ve inspired me with these photos to look into some healthy possibility 🙂

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    1. [email protected] n Dishes
      December 22, 2014

      Hey Tanya, when I’m in a hurry to get a healthy dinner on the table, I turn to roasting. Roasting imparts tons of flavor, and takes very little hands on time…the oven does all the work!

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  14. Regina
    December 20, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this interview, I like to think that I’m a foodie but really I just love food. I think there is a difference. lol

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 21, 2014

      @Regina, I love food, can’t cook, but consider myself a foodie!

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  15. Claire
    December 20, 2014

    Thank you for exposing us to a new blogger! Lovely pictures!

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  16. TheSaTASTEfiedChef
    December 21, 2014

    You inspire me to become a good food writer and a photographer. Thanks for sharing

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  17. Lauren
    December 21, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this interview. I love to see where foodies get their start 🙂

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  18. Jess
    December 22, 2014

    Yum! Those pastas look so good! Thanks for sharing this interview!

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  19. Katie Matthews
    December 22, 2014

    You know it’s so funny, when I was at school, the teachers always told me to write more formally. I guess maybe my blog is a little bit of rebellion to add my dash of personality into my writing. Seems like so many others do the same!

    Katie <3

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  20. Lana @ The Truth About Blondes
    December 22, 2014

    Never thought about veggie pancakes before. Totally gonna try it. I LOVE ME SOME VEGGIES.

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  21. Iris
    December 22, 2014

    I ate before reading this post, progress! Everything looks so yummy though.

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  22. Ronda
    December 22, 2014

    I never heard of Nanaimo Bars, I’m interested in trying it

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  23. Jess Benoit
    December 22, 2014

    Great post! Pasta seems to be my anytime food 🙂

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  24. Jenn @ hellorigby!
    December 22, 2014

    Her food looks lovely, and I would have never though to put veggies on pancakes!

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  25. Corina Ramos
    December 22, 2014

    I can eat pasta any day of the week and that’s why I have hips :). The nanaimo bars look good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m going to check it out. Nice to meet you! Happy Holidays to you and yours :).

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 29, 2014

      @Corina, men love hips! Pasta is worth it!

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  26. Kathleen Kelly
    January 1, 2015

    Thank you for sharing these awesome recipes. I will be pinning them! Happy New Year!

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  27. janine martinez
    January 2, 2015

    everything looks delicious! 🙂

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  28. laura rubenstein
    January 3, 2015

    Ok I’m officially hungry haha Great recipes!

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  29. Lesa
    January 3, 2015

    Great photos! I want to eat one of each! Love the biscuits! I totally agree with her – pasta soothes the soul!

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  30. Julia Flaherty
    January 6, 2015

    All the food featured in this post looks scrumptious! I definitely want a piece of those bars. Mmmm. 🙂

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  31. Mai Tran
    January 10, 2015

    Penne with Butternut Squash and Pistachio Pesto is such an interesting combination. I’m gonna try it this weekend! Nice to know you, Kari!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 10, 2015

      @Mai, let me know how it turns out!

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  32. lola
    January 10, 2015

    Butternut squash pasta looks delicious!

    my fav food is when im on holidays too! love to try new THINGS!

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  33. Adelynn Lovellette
    February 11, 2015

    Nice feature/interview!

    Reply

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