Friday Foodie – Prudy of Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

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I love Prudy. Her blog, Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs, is full of great stories and humor and passion. She loves what she does and I dare you not to visit her blog or read this interview and dispute that! She is the type of cook (and food blogger) you want as your next door neighbor..so you can be her tasting buddy! Her recipes come from the heart, her heart, and at times I curse her because I don’t want to learn to make favorites like butter pecan ice cream (I seriously just commented on a comment Chanel left on my Lisa of Snappy Gourmet post about this addiction!) or molten lava cake because if I did, I would be 500 pounds!

I do want Mr. Misadventures to make her Shepherd’s Pie, my mom made a version of this growing up and I like it, but my hubby being French, he sometimes turns up his nose at British food (I know, what can you do!). And Prudy and I have a weird love/hate thing with hotdogs – mine is mostly that they make me sick despite the fact that I like them. But I am telling you getting sick would be so worth it is I could have one with Prudy’s hot dog sauce slathered on it!

See, not only is she passion, but she inspires passion!

Let’s meet Prudy!

food blogger interview Prudy of Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

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

You know… I can honestly say that I have always been a foodie…. I grew up in a family that gathered together, celebrated, or even mourned with food…so food has always been a part of my life. It’s a comfort to me, and at this point in my life, I’d rather be in the kitchen cooking, because I find it so therapeutic, and so calming… yet it’s exciting and satisfying when it all comes together … food is just good for my soul.

For those who don’t understand what a foodie truly is… it isn’t about eating as much as we can consume… it’s about the excitement and adventure in discovering new tastes and cultures… it’s about fellowship and the memories made… it’s about comfort and the love of sharing a meal together during happy times and during the sad times.

Food is a necessity in life… not only to feed the body, but to feed the soul.

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

I never knew that this blog would become my passion… I started my blog on the advice of my friends. I bombarded them daily on Facebook, with photos of the meals, desserts, treats, snacks that I had prepared. When they told me that I should write a blog…. I was like, “what’s a blog?”… and I truly did not understand the concept of a blog until I was a few months into butter, basil, and breadcrumbs.

And that is when I found yet another passion besides cooking… which is writing! Who knew that I would ever love to write?! The photography part is a struggle for me, but I’m learning. I buy books on photography, I practice…and I’m on a mission to become the best food photographer that I can be!! Heck, I’m on a mission to become the best blogger I can be…now that I understand what a blogger is!

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

My favorite thing to cook… well, I guess that goes back to comfort. There is something about a big pot of succo (spaghetti sauce) simmering on the stove all day. I’m in that happy place as I’m slicing, dicing, sautéing, and kneading everything that goes into that pot. It is truly satisfying when everyone has gathered together to feast on what I’ve prepared. I know that it’s a success when all that I hear are forks hitting the plates as my family and/or friends take bite after bite.. I’m not rich, so I can’t give them monetary treasures…but I can give them my love in the food that I’ve prepared for them…and that makes me happy…and I hope that it makes them happy too…

Seriously…who am I kidding? If I offered my kids a plate of spaghetti or a pile of money… I know what they’d choose!! The money!!

[4] What is your favorite thing to eat?

Haha! Anyone who has followed me from the beginning will know that my most favorite thing to eat is yellow cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Lots of sprinkles!

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[5] What is your comfort food?

I just wrote a post a couple of weeks ago, on my favorite comfort food…and how this question was asked on Facebook…and how it stressed me out! I would like to say that my comfort food would be pasta. I mean, I love pasta. I could eat it every day. But then I started thinking about casseroles, and roast chicken, turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy….ice cream and cake… and chocolate… I love it all. So, I’m going to say that “food” is my comfort food! But if you were going to ask me what I’m craving today…it would be homemade mac and cheese with a hint of heat in the background!

[6] Describe your perfect food day?

My perfect food day is simple… it’s a day that I wake up, and realize that I want to make a certain dish… and find that I have all of the ingredients in the house! Now that..to me..is a perfect food day!!

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

Three blogs that inspire me… this is very hard for me to choose just three. There are so many blogs that inspire me. So many wonderful people whom I have met, and come to love and respect over the course of the year…. Some of them have become my friends….and some of them have no idea that I even exist in the blogging community.

The first blog that inspires me, is Love in the Kitchen with Lindy Mechefske. Lindy gets it. She understands the true meaning behind food and it’s importance for the soul. It’s so easy to get caught up in her words…the passion that she has for not only the history of food, but for the memories that she carries with her….and then after you’ve read what she has written…. you realize that there is a bonus… a delicious recipe to go with those wonderful words that you’ve just read! Lindy is the kind of blogging friend, who..when you get caught up in life and lose touch for a little while, that when you finally have the chance to catch up with each other.. you know…you don’t skip a beat. You fall right into place as if you’ve been there all along. She has a beautiful food blog, a beautiful outlook on life, and my inspiration to learn the history of the food that I prepare, comes from Lindy.

The second blog that inspires me, is Domesticate Me with Serena Wolf. This girl is not only a wonderful chef…she is hilarious! Serena’s recipes are killer…she makes food “real”… and I have prepared and served so many of her recipes to my family…and they’re always met with thumbs up…they’re easy to make, and they’re always family friendly. She comes up with the craziest stories to tell…and I laugh all the way through her posts. I truly enjoy her, and her upbeat posts… which is where I draw my inspiration to be a good story teller…although nobody can tell a story like Serena. She’s just that good!

The third blog that inspires me, is actually someone who doesn’t even know that I exist on this planet…but I read her blog faithfully, and have learned so much from her…and that is Joy Wilson, from Joy the Baker. The only way I can explain Joy, is that she is kind of like watching my daughter grow. She’s become a familiar face…kind of like a family member… by sharing little snippets of her life…but then she also brings to the table wonderful recipes time after time. It has been wonderful to watch her grow, to see her become so successful in something that she loves. She gives me the inspiration to work hard, so that maybe I can be successful at what I love to do, too.

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

You know… every single blogger knows that fear mixed with excitement as you hit that first “publish” button. You realize at that moment, you’re about to put yourself out there for the whole world to see. Your finger kind of hovers over that button as a million thoughts run through your mind… Am I good enough? Will anyone notice me? Will they make fun of, or ridicule me? Am I publishing something that someone has already published, and will they come after me for copying them? So many questions and so many doubts… and they continue with every single post.

The only advice that I have to offer is this:

    1. Have fun with it. Don’t make it a job. Make it a passion.
    2. Go ahead and hit that “publish” button.
    3. Don’t over think this…because you are good enough.
    4. You will be noticed. There are millions and millions of people out there, waiting for you to write something.
    5. The blogging community is a vast universe…and there are people out there writing about the same exact thing…sometimes at the same exact time. You just can’t avoid that….so be yourself. Be original, and you won’t have anything to worry about.
    6. You can’t please everyone…so write to please yourself…and the people who love you will come back, time and again.
    7. Join as many communities as you can, not only in your particular genre, but other genres as well… and get to know people.
    8. Social media. Social media. Social media.
    9. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because there is a lot of information out there, and lots of people willing to share that information.
    10. Don’t give up. Just keep on, keepin’ on.

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Thanks Prudy!

Keep up with Prudy’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and of course by visiting Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs.

How about you? What would you like to ask Prudy? What’s would your perfect food day?

96 Comments

  1. Linda Manns Linneman
    November 7, 2014

    I AM A FOODIE TOO. I REALLY ENJOYED THIS ARTICLE ABOUT HER. MY PROBLEM IS I SEE SO MANY RECIPES I WANT TO TRY AND I WILL ALSO END UP BEING 500 POUNDS

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Linda, ah the curse of being a foodie!

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    2. Thank you so much, Linda! I’m with you. I follow so many blogs… and have a stack of recipes that are waiting for me to try! I’m not going to lie…I’ve put on weight since starting this blog!! <3

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  2. stefany burroughs
    November 7, 2014

    yum!

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  3. Andi…thank you so much for this beautiful post. I can’t tell you how excited I was to do this interview with you…and how much your kind words mean to me. You went above and beyond what I could have imagined… It’s absolutely perfect. Thank you. <3

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Prudy, it was my pleasure and such an honor to have such a passionate, caring blogger in my little corner of the blogosphere!

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  4. Marian Kicklighter
    November 7, 2014

    Great interview! I’m hungry now. Going to make my favorite comfort food – grilled cheese sandwich.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Marian, that is always the danger with food bloggers!

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    2. Oh yeah, Marion, grilled cheese. The classic. The ultimate comfort food of the universe! Yum.. Thank you so much. <3

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  5. Cara of Stylish+Geek Blog
    November 7, 2014

    I enjoyed getting to know Prudy through your post! What a wonderful feature! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Cara, isn’t she great?

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    2. Thank you so much Cara! This was a win/win for me…because I get to meet all of you. <3

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  6. lauren
    November 7, 2014

    I love Joy the Baker as well. Her podcast is so fun to listen to while getting ready in the morning 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Lauren, I didn’t know she had a podcast until this interview, I am going to have to look into that for my commute!

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    2. Isn’t she just so adorable? Love Joy. <3

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  7. Jessica M
    November 7, 2014

    I wish i had so much passion to be a Foodie – my husband tells me I don’t put enough LOVE into it : (

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Jessica, I am a foodie who can’t cook, so I can put all the love in the world into a dish and that ain’t gonna make it better 😉

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    2. You know what, Jessica? If you’re cooking it… you’re already putting LOVE into it. It doesn’t matter if you spread peanut butter on two slices of bread. You’re providing nourishment for someone you love… feeding him, taking care of him. To me, that’s love. The passion is there. Believe me. <3

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  8. Jennifer | Bake or Break
    November 7, 2014

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Jennifer, glad you liked it! I am always on the look out for other food blogger to interview, let me know if you are interested!

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    2. Thank you Jennifer! This was a blast…I’m so thankful to Andi for giving me this opportunity! I’ll be stopping by your blog, I look forward to getting to know you! <3

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  9. Jennifer Pritchard
    November 7, 2014

    hahaha “food is my comfort food” Great answer!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Jennifer, I never heard anyone say that before, I I might have to steal that line!

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    2. Thank you Jennifer! Yeah, sometimes I wish I didn’t like food as much as I do… let me rephrase… my hips wish I didn’t like food as much as I do! <3

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  10. Dionne Baldwin
    November 7, 2014

    Nice to meet you Prudy! I think your photography is beautiful. Those molten lava cakes look like a must- try to me.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Dionne, and very dangerous too!

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    2. Thank you so much Dionne! So, I’ll let you in on a little secret… See how there are only three lava cakes in that pic? What you don’t see, is the fourth lava cake that is sitting off to the side with a spoon in it. You know…the one that I was eating while I was taking photos! They’re so delicious right out of the oven. I mean, sinfully delicious! Yeah, definitely try them. <3

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  11. Natalie
    November 7, 2014

    Prudy sounds like such a fun person–and a great cook! I’m with her on the extra sprinkles thing since sprinkles make everything in life better! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Natalie, I know isn’t that adorable! Way to make life fun!

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    2. Thank you so much, Natalie!! Oh yeah, sprinkles are the spice of life! The more, the better for me… I think I’ll be 100 years old still asking for sprinkles on my chocolate custard!! <3

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  12. Heather // girlichef
    November 7, 2014

    I was not familiar with Prudy’s blog before, so thanks so much for the introduction. I loved her advice, and wish I had a fat slice of that cake in front of me right now!

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    1. It is a pleasure to meet you, Heather! This is a win/win for me…because I get to meet a lot of people too! Haha, I wish I had a slice of cake in front of me right now too! Thank you so much. <3

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    2. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Heather, you and me both!

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  13. Erica Brooks
    November 7, 2014

    So nice to meet Prudy. I like to learn more about the blogger behind the blog.

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    1. It is a pleasure to meet you, Erica! I love this, because I get to meet so many wonderful people too.. <3

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    2. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Erica, me too…it is sort of an addiction!

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  14. What the Bride Wore
    November 7, 2014

    YUM that food looks so good!

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  15. ananda
    November 7, 2014

    can i just say that i LOVE you both, prudy and andi, for this great post? it is so full of wisdom!!! “Have fun with it. Don’t make it a job. Make it a passion.” LOVE!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ananda. I can’t tell you how much that means to me! It’s true though. Back in the beginning, I let this blog stress me out. I worried about every little thing, it took me a day and a half just to get something posted! Ok, well, it still takes me a day and a half to get something posted!! But honestly.. we start our blogs because we have a passion… just don’t ever let that light burn out. Keep it fun…keep it something you love to do. <3

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    2. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Ananda, I am so glad that you found inspiration in Prudy’s wise words!

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  16. Nancy
    November 7, 2014

    That crazy cake looks yummy

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    1. Holy smokes, Nancy…you’d be surprised at how moist it is!! Yeah, crazy cake is pretty darn delicious. You honestly don’t need icing… just a sprinkle of powdered sugar… or nothing at all on the cake… it’s a good one! Thank you so much. <3

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    2. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Nancy, doesn’t it? It is almost to pretty to eat…almost!

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  17. Angelic Sinova
    November 7, 2014

    I love food blogs and reading about food bloggers! Loved this <3

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    1. Thank you Angelic! It is a pleasure to meet you.. <3

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  18. Shipra
    November 7, 2014

    Oh, this made me so hungry! All the photos are divine! <3

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    1. That makes me so happy, Shipra! I can’t tell you how much of a struggle it has been learning how to photograph food. I still have a lot to learn…a long way to go, but I’ll just keep working at it until I get better at taking photos! Thank you so much.. <3

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  19. Indigo
    November 7, 2014

    Oh Wow! I love all the food. Great Post! Thanks for this.

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  20. Shannon Hall
    November 7, 2014

    Loved this post! I definitely fit that definition of a foodie… and these pictures are making me drool.

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  21. Holly
    November 7, 2014

    I love reading about the meaningful things and posts for you, and why you like to blog or what you like to eat. I also love your blogger advice and how you say “just hit the publish” button. You can’t over think it! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much, Holly! Most definitely… the hardest thing to do is hit that publish button. We make ourselves vulnerable when we do that…but at the same time, it’s such a rewarding experience. So many people to meet, so many cultures to learn about! It’s all good. It’s a pleasure to meet you. <3

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  22. myrabev
    November 8, 2014

    Just looking at the cake and the frosting has made me real hungry and Prudy can I love next door because I am a foodie too just not yet mastered the art of coming all the time lol

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    1. Haha! Myrabev… I tell people that it’s an open invitation. I’d love to cook for you. And honestly? If you’re a foodie… you can cook… it’s in your soul. <3

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    2. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Myrabev, all I want to do is saddle up to it with a fork and giant glass of milk!

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  23. Elaine @ foodbod
    November 8, 2014

    I’ve never met Prudy in person, we met via our blogs, and as a result I now count her as one of my cherished friends; Prudy’s warmth and joy in life overflows from her blog, just as it does in your wonderful interview, she will make you laugh and smile with her posts, and her recipes and photos are always amazing.
    Prudy – you know I love you; Andi – thank you for sharing this lovely interview, this is how I started my day, reading about my lovely friend xx

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Elaine, there is not greater testament to a person than what you just wrote! I feel exactly the same way about a few bloggers in my life, I have never met them, but it doesn’t matter, they are so important to me!

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      1. Elaine @ foodbod
        November 8, 2014

        Andi, I completely agree 🙂

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  24. Pauline Cabrera
    November 8, 2014

    You touched a foodie’s appetite here. I can feel my stomach grumbling.

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    1. haha!! Thank you Pauline! My stomach is grumbling too. I’m thinking apple pie bars are in order for the day… <3

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    2. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Pauline, it is definitely a danger of being associated with food bloggers!

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  25. Andi Coupon
    November 8, 2014

    I agree with her – pasta’s my favorite food too….. 😀

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Andi, pasta is definitely a good choice for a favorite – so may ways to eat it!

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  26. mimi
    November 8, 2014

    Great interview. I love Prudy!

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  27. Jason B.
    November 8, 2014

    So many great recipes! thanks for sharing.

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  28. Erica
    November 8, 2014

    That cake is beautiful!

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  29. karissa
    November 8, 2014

    I enjoyed this interview. I want someone to make me this food. I wish I liked cooking more.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 8, 2014

      @Karissa, I here ya! My hubby is the cook in the house and he is currently on a biz trip so that makes eating a chore!

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  30. Jen @ Gracious Luck
    November 8, 2014

    This was a lovely post to read. I love cooking and those apple chips look so perfect to snack on!

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  31. petra
    November 8, 2014

    I have to try the molten lava cake recipe — looks delicious!

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  32. Claire
    November 9, 2014

    I’ve definitely grown into being a foodie – as a child I was the world’s pickiest eater!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 9, 2014

      @Claire, oh that is great to hear, I haven’t met too many people who have gone from picky to foodie, some things just take age and willing to risk!

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  33. Breanna
    November 9, 2014

    Okay, first of all – gorgeous! 🙂 Second of all – that cake looks amazing and I can’t get it out of my head 🙂 Haha! Foodies unite!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 9, 2014

      @Breanna, I know right?! That cake is a killer!

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  34. Jen @ The Halfway Homemaker
    November 9, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. I will definitely have to check out Prudy’s blog.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 9, 2014

      @Jen, please do, she is a delight!

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  35. Cheshire Cat
    November 9, 2014

    That cake looks tasty!

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  36. katrina g
    November 9, 2014

    those cin apple chips look amazing! i may need to make those soon.

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  37. Kelly @ TastingPage
    November 9, 2014

    Such great words of wisdom in here. I struggle with photography as well, but judging from Prudy’s pictures, I’d say her struggle is over!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 9, 2014

      @Kelly, I think we are our own worst critics at times! I think Prudy does a great job as well!

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  38. Heather
    November 9, 2014

    How fun! That crazy cake is beautiful! Well, everything is actually!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 9, 2014

      @Heather, I know, that is kind f the problem, I want it all!

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  39. Ronda
    November 9, 2014

    Great photos, everything looks so good!

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  40. Erin
    November 9, 2014

    Love the interview! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 9, 2014

      @Erin, glad you enjoyed it! Clicked over to your blog and it looks great, just subscribed so I can being learning more about your Sugar Crumbs world!

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  41. Tammi
    November 9, 2014

    Sweet advice! Love what you do and know you are enough. I also love that Purdy’s favorites are comfort foods. Yum!

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  42. Fatima
    November 9, 2014

    What a great feature. The crazy cake looks so yummy to me!

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  43. breanna
    November 9, 2014

    That all looked so good. I love meeting new people over the internet. That cake was to die for, oh my!

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  44. Lindsay
    November 9, 2014

    All these food photos look delicious and now I am hungry for some cake, haha! I love reading about other food bloggers 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

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  45. Rebekah
    November 10, 2014

    I think you are a great food photographer!! I love ‘Go ahead and hit that “publish” button.’ because it’s something I struggle with regularly… constantly editing and double checking and fretting about whether or not I should actually put it out there! Thank you for sharing 😀

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    1. Oh Rebekah..thank you so much for your kind words…. but I truly struggle with photography. I am just like you, and I read and re-read my posts a gazillion times before I actually hit the publish button! I posted an applesauce recipe last night, and fought the urge to just delete the whole thing, because pretty much everyone knows how to make applesauce! But then I had to reason with myself that Fanny Farmer or Betty Crocker wouldn’t have thought twice about adding an applesauce recipe to their cookbook, so why can’t I put an applesauce recipe on the blog?! And then today I get a wonderful email from a blogger who posted about Brussels sprouts… and I thought… see? We can post anything we want! If I were searching for a recipe for Brussels sprouts, I’d be so grateful to her for posting such a great recipe…. That’s what we are here for. Sometimes it’s hard to get caught up in the hype of trying to be good enough… when in fact, we really are. We are our own worst critics.

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  46. Nickely Challenged
    November 10, 2014

    Well, you got me salivating at work. So delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Mai Tran
    November 11, 2014

    Crazy cake does not look crazy at all. It looks deliciously amazing.

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  48. Lindy
    November 24, 2014

    Andi – hello! I’m always late to the party but so happy to meet you via my beloved Prudy – a kindred spirit. Isn’t she the best? And so darn cute.
    Heading over to read more about you and your life with a French man. Moi, je suis une francophile. Vraiment. J’aime toutes les choses françaises.
    Prudy dear – love you buckets. Thanks for the shout-out. <3

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 27, 2014

      @Lindy, salut et merci! Prudy is adorable! I just headed over to your blog and the Anaïs Nin and a classic Italian Bolognese sauce stopped me in my tracks – one of my favorite sauces – and that photo had me at hello!

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  49. Jess
    November 24, 2014

    Awesome! Great tips!

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