Melissa (from Serving Seconds) and I met at a blogger meet-up in West Elm in Salt Lake City the night before Alt. I knew that we would be fast friends when a small group of us closed the party down and stayed snuggled in on the couches chatting and cackling long after it was over. Melissa’s blog showcases more than just her love of great food, beautiful photography, and delicious recipes– it really encapsulates her love of learning and adventure and a passion for life that makes her the perfect Not Merely Living Blog Crush if you know what I mean, and I think you do. I was thrilled that I met Melissa by chance (and that we live in the same city!), and I’m really happy that I have the chance to introduce you to her today. Read on to learn more about Melissa and Serving Seconds:
When did you start blogging and what inspired you to start blogging?
It really all started with a Facebook post…on a total whim back in October of 2011, I shared a link to one of my favorite lasagna recipes on Facebook. I couldn’t believe the flurry of “likes” and “comments” it stirred up, and that very day two of my friends actually bought the ingredients and made the recipe for dinner that night! I thought it was so cool that something I posted gave someone an idea for dinner and inspired them to get in the kitchen. I had sort of thought about starting a blog before that, but the “Facebook flurry” is what finally pushed me to do it. Within the next 24 hours I had set up my blog account, bought a blog template off of etsy, picked a name, and published my first post (which, incidentally, is titled It all started with a Facebook post…). It was all very impulsive!
My absolute favorite thing is hearing from readers when they make one of my recipes…bonus if they send a pic! There’s so much work that goes into the prepping, photographing, and writing of each post so it’s always nice to know that people are putting it all to good use!
The biggest challenge for me is having more ideas than time to execute. I work full-time in pretty demanding finance day job (worlds away from blogging!!) with lots of travel so my schedule gets a little crazy at times. I have lots of high hopes for my blog, but just need like 1,000 more hours a day to get them all done. (Oh, and also html is the bane of my existence).
I’m pretty proud of my recent French Laundry Dinner Party post. It took two full days of shopping, prepping, and cooking to pull off this seven course meal (not to mention all the dishes and clean up afterward!), but it was so worth it. I’d been wanting to pull off a dinner party like this for a long time, and it felt good to hit the “publish” button knowing I’d pulled it off, managed to get some decent pics out of it, my guests had a great time (the most important aspect, of course), and I had fun too! Success all around.
I am a total “culinary media” junkie…so any magazine, book, article, app, TV show, website, cookbook or Pinterst board that has anything to do with food…I need to consume it. I also try to get out into the community as much as possible to interact with my fellow food bloggers at conferences or local meetups. Nothing like a little personal interaction to get those creative juices flowing!
I bought the most delightful pair of glittery heels a couple months ago, which I had been eyeing pre-holiday. I passed initially because they were pretty pricey, but I couldn’t get them out of my mind…you know how that happens sometimes? I went to check up on them again…you know, just to say hello and stuff…and they were on massive post-holiday sale!!! Score!!! I brought them home, but I haven’t actually worn them yet. I just try them on every now and then, and I’m waiting for just the perfect occasion to debut them…I think it’s coming soon.
Ok, so I know I’m about a million years late to this party, but I just finally got around to reading Bossy Pants, by Tina Fey. Um, what took me so long?! Definitely one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. I laughed out loud more times than I ever have reading a book. So yeah, I know this mention is a bit dated, but Tina’s kinda having a moment after her Oscar triumph with Amy Poehler…so it works, right?
I’m finding myself really want to pull of some video tutorials on my blog. Sometimes when I start photographing and writing a recipe, I think “ahhh, this would be so much easier to explain on video”. So stay tuned…
I grew up in So Cal so I am constantly craving Mexican food! I often attempt healthier, simpler versions at home, and one of my favorites is this super easy enchilada recipe using rotisserie chicken and jarred salsa. I use an awesome local salsa, but any salsa will work!
I’m a Julia Child uber-fan, and I totally agree with her attitude on cooking. It’s all about having fun and trying something new. I always tell people, it’s not like I’m a master of all things cooking (hardly!)…I’m just not afraid to try something new, and I’m not afraid of making mistakes, and I’ve learned a lot through all this trial and error. I once served half-raw chicken to a table full of guests and had to collect everyone’s chicken to finish cooking it. It wasn’t my favorite experience ever, but I had to laugh. Now I make damn sure my chicken gets cooked all the way through…and I have a funny story to tell!
Oh, there are soooo many good ones, but, if I had to narrow it down to five crushes, I would say…
>> A Beautiful Mess because I am wowed by Elsie and Emma’s endless creativity.
>> How Sweet It Is because Jessica makes me laugh out loud daily.
>> The Sweetest Occasion because I want to go to all of Cyd’s parties.
>> A Cup of Jo because she is the O.G. blogger.
>> Harper’s Happenings because, dude, I want to hang out with Harper.
As for my who I’d love to meet in real life, I would just die if I had the chance to chill with Ree and family at the ranch…
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