Here are some of my most frequently asked questions… because checking here might be faster than waiting for an email response ;)
1. Do you have nutritional information for your recipes?
Unfortunately, I do not. I do not have a reliable source for this information and posting data that can not be verified would be careless and possibly even dangerous. The nutrition calculators and databases used by most websites are broad estimations at best, and wildly inaccurate at worst. There are several websites and apps that will calculate recipe nutrition information for you, but I prefer to leave it to readers to decide which source they trust.
2. Do you have a book?
Yes, why yes I do! Check out the page dedicated to my very first cookbook, Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half.
3. Can I write a guest post for you / Will you write a guest post for me?
I’ve decided against including guest posts on my blog for the sake of consistency. That was a tough decision because I get A LOT of great offers from great bloggers, but that’s the policy at this time. I’d love to write a guest post for other people, but with three jobs and a book in the works, there’s not a minute to be spared :(
4. My recipe didn’t turn out, what did I do wrong?
Even I make mistakes and flub up recipes from time to time. So, first and foremost, don’t let it get you down! Always try again.
The first thing I check when troubleshooting a recipe are the ingredients and instructions. Reread through everything once more because it’s very easy to forget an ingredient, get the quantity wrong, or use the wrong ingredient all together (baking soda instead of baking powder happens A LOT). Also, it’s very easy to accidentally skip a step or overlook an important sentence in the instructions. Most of the time, you’ll find your answer simply by reading through again.
If you still can’t find the problem, feel free to ask me. I’ll try my hardest to figure it out, but sometimes it’s just not possible without having watched your process. Be sure to provide me with a good description of your end product because that will give me the most clues!
5. What is the best way to get a hold of you to answer my question?
I’m always happy to help with any question that you might have and no question is stupid, so don’t be afraid to ask! I try to respond to questions in blog comments as soon as I see them because otherwise I may forget they’re there. I answer Facebook and Twitter inquiries fairly quickly (within a couple of days) and I check my email about once a week. Every now and then a comment or question may fall through the cracks, but I try to get to them all!
6. Are your recipes diet friendly?
Yes, no, maybe so? Everyone had different dietary needs and the word “healthy” is extremely subjective. I have a background in nutrition (bachelors in Nutritional Science, LSU 2007), so I try to eat a well rounded and balanced diet. That being said, I’m human and do like to indulge on occasion. So, you’ll probably find a little bit of everything here!
7. Didn’t you know that food/ingredient/item is unhealthy for you?!
Once again, the term “healthy” is very subjective. Everyone has different food convictions and I don’t intend to convince anyone to follow mine. I have a wide range of readers with very different dietary styles. I love it when people modify my recipes to meet their needs and I’m more than happy when they share their methods and experiences with everyone else. What I don’t welcome is unsolicited dietary criticism. I respect your food beliefs, so please respect everyone else’s in return.
8. Where did you get that sriracha t-shirt?
I got my super cool sriracha t-shirt from the shop iheartanalog on Etsy. They usually have at least one or two mens and womens styles available, although the selection changes.