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