FAQs & Links
Yes, I wrote a cookbook!
I tried your recipe and I love it and want to blog about it.
Great! Please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to my site for the recipe.
I’m doing a roundup-style post and want to feature a recipe + photograph of yours. Is that okay?
Yes, it sure is. Linking back is always welcome, and if you would like to use one photograph, you may do so, provided it’s clear that the recipe and photograph are mine, and are linked back to my site.
Do you know the nutritional statistics on a particular recipe?
No, I don’t. But feel free to use an online calculator, plug the values in, and see for yourself. Feel free to come back and post your findings in the comments; others may find it helpful. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do this.
Do you think I could substitute gluten-free flour, oat flour, use less sugar, use stevia, use almond butter instead of peanut butter, etc. for this recipe of yours I’d like to try?
You’re welcome to try anything you’d like, I just don’t know if it’s going to turn out successfully. In many cases, some substitutions are fine; and in other cases, you’ll end up with a flop. Unfortunately, I don’t usually have time to walk you through what I think will work and what won’t. The best thing to do is experiment, play around, and see what happens. The worst thing that happens is that you waste a few dollars worth of ingredients but in the process, you learn valuable baking and cooking lessons that can be applied in the future.
Do you eat everything you make?
Yes, I do. Not all at once, and perhaps not in entirety because let’s face it, no one needs to eat a pan of brownies and two dozen cookies all by herself in entirety. However, I could not develop recipes, blog about food, or recommend recipes unless I ate it. When I write that something was “really, really good” it’s because I thought it was.
These two posts outline my thoughts in greater detail:
What do you do with all those desserts?
In addition to eating plenty myself, I also have a family and friends who are more than happy to help take things off my hands. I never, ever, ever throw food away. It gets eaten by someone.
I tried your recipe and it didn’t work.
Every once in awhile, this happens. However, it worked for me or I would have never published it. That’s not to sound snarky but it’s to say, I never, ever publish a recipe that doesn’t work. And if I feel a recipe is even ‘marginal’ or have a feeling the average reader may struggle with the ingredients or the methods, I re-test and re-tweak it until I am 100% confident that everyone who tries it will have success with it, period.
That said, I cannot control what happens in someone else’s kitchen or their skill-set. It sounds silly but the main causes of reader recipe failures is caused by their failure to read the recipe in entirety before beginning, and to follow the directions, exactly. I am very, very clear in how I write recipes, and I explain my choices about ingredients and methods in great detail. Many times people tell me they know why a recipe failed – they didn’t read it or follow the directions; or made ingredients substitutions that were not compatible.
There are also recipes and situations like yeasted bread-making, working with coconut oil and it’s varying solid/liquid state, or working with fresh fruit – where no two sets of ingredients or conditions will be the exact same and trusting your instincts and looking inside your mixing bowl and using some common sense will go a long way. If I say 4 cups of flour but you think that 3 is all that dough needs, then go with 3; trust your gut.
If you’ve had a recipe fail, have no idea what went wrong and are determined to try to make it right, and would like to email me to discuss, feel free; I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot.
Are you vegan?
No, I am not vegan. I was vegan for many years but am currently a vegetarian. For most of my life, I have either vegan, vegetarian, or have a consumed a largely plant-based diet.
99% of the recipes featured here are either vegan or vegetarian with very rare exception, i.e. Thanksgiving Day Recipes.
Are you gluten free?
No, I am not strictly gluten free. I was strictly gluten free for many years and although I do eat gluten now, I try to be mindful of my gluten consumption because too much is not a good thing for my body. I don’t have to be completely free from gluten, but I also can’t overdo it.
These two posts outline my thoughts in greater detail:
Could you help me develop a yoga plan, an exercise plan, an eating plan, or help look over my such-and-such plan?
Unfortunately, no, I can’t. I don’t know you personally and I don’t feel comfortable on any level (ethically, legally, morally, etc.) dispensing such advice nor do I have the time or energy to properly devote to it. My advice is to seek a qualified professional in your area who can better assist you with your specialized and individual needs.
Did you change the name of your blog from Love Veggies and Yoga to Averie Cooks?
Yes I did. As of March 2012, I began calling my blog Averie Cooks and changed the official URL to averiecooks.com
The loveveggiesandyoga.com URL remains for older posts.
You can access my homepage of my site by typing either of those URLs into your browser.
Why did you call your blog ‘Love Veggies and Yoga’ but you showcase lots of baked dessert recipes and not as many vegetables or yoga?
When I first started my blog in early 2009, I was passionate about sharing my knowledge of yoga along with more vegan/raw and vegetable-based recipes. However, as is the case with all of life, things change.
Although I am still passionate about yoga and have a personal daily practice, posting about it regularly is not something that I am as inspired to do anymore. My 2009 and 2010 archives are full of yoga and yoga-related posts and I feel that I said what I needed and wanted to say, in large part, on the topic of yoga in those years. Please see my Yoga Page for more.
Similarly, I am much more inspired to post about a broad range of recipes, including baked goods and desserts, than vegetables and have chosen to emphasize cooking, not yoga, on my blog.
I’d like to start a blog or am a new blogger. Do you have any advice for me?
I wrote this series that you may find helpful:
It seems that almost anyone who’s been blogging for more than a year or two has their own tips, tricks, and advice on the matter. I have read hundreds of “how to” posts on blogging, photography for blogging, and the like.
Some of the best posts I’ve read on these matters include:
Food Bloggers: 150+ Links for Everything You Need to Know – This is the Bible of all posts from Lori (Recipe Girl) and if you have a question about something, this post has the answer. An amazing and highly recommended resource.
The Hungry Australian’s Useful Tips for Emerging Food Bloggers – It has the best roundup of links to other relevant posts I’ve ever seen from photography to recipe writing to social media to search engine optimization. A must read.
For technical help with your blog or website from site design and makeovers to blog marketing and maintenance to help with a tech crisis, Cory of Zesty Blog Consulting and his team are fabulous and I highly recommend them.
Can I reprint a recipe I found on averiecooks.com or use your photos on my blog or website?
I work hard on developing my recipes and on my photography. It takes much longer than you probably image to get a recipe from mental concept to fully cooked to photographed to edited and blogged about, which is why I ask that if you do enjoy my recipes, to please credit me and link back to my site.
The same goes for my photography – if you wish to use one photo, please credit me. If you wish to use more than one photo or you believe you have a special circumstance (you’re writing on behalf of a newspaper, magazine, or are an editor), please email me and let’s discuss what you have in mind.
What kind of camera and lens do you use?
I use a Canon 5D Mark II camera body with a Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens for 99% of the food photos you from early 2011 to mid 2012. That lens is my workhorse and I love it. If you are going to buy one lens, that would be the one I would buy. Save up, it’s worth every penny.
As of May 2012, I also have the Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens that is great for overhead shots and although it won’t ever replace my 24-70mm, it gives amazing clarity to images and I use it about 20% of the time. The other 80% of the time, I use my 24-70mm lens.
Prior to January 2011, I was using a Sony Point and Shoot that was purchased in 2005 for about $200 from Best Buy, i.e. an old relic clunker.
I have a Photography Page where I have links to many more relevant photography-related posts including these
I can’t afford a fancy camera. What should I do?
My suggestions are to:
1. Take lots of photos with the camera you do have. Practice, practice, practice. You can never get good at anything if you don’t practice.
2. For food photography, pay attention to how you plate your food, how you set up your shot, what is in the frame, what’s not in the frame. Photo composition, food styling, lighting and light sources (no flash, natural light only for me) are more important than what camera you have (or don’t have).
3. Go to blogs who you think have great photos and try to imitate what they do.
4. And this is key: Fancier cameras will only showcase everything you shoot in greater detail. Meaning, if you have beautifully and artfully plated the food, paid attention to food styling, lighting and photo composition, that camera is going to showcase all your wonderful effort in high resolution and wonderful detail.
Conversely, that fancy camera will also showcase ugly food, bad or non-existent food styling, and sloppy work. To put it bluntly, a fancy camera will accentuate the ugly stuff in greater detail, too. A double-edged sword.
5. Read this book and pay attention to your food styling and how you’re setting up your shots. That’s much more important than the type of camera you have.
6. See my Photography Page where I have broken down books, editing software, cameras and lenses, etc. by category with corresponding posts and links. Some of the highlights include:
Real Food Styling & Photography Workshop – one of my favorite days ever
My DSLR Camera
First Day Shooting with my DSLR
Lens Review of 50 mm 1.8
My Camera Bag
My Point & Shoot Camera
Photography Becoming a Passion
Making Lightbounces & Using Light
Photography: Lighting & Light in Photos
Lighting Equipment & Gear I Use
Lightroom 3 & Photo Editing
Photo Editing: Before & After, Truths & Trickery
Food Styling: Books, Props, & Photo Quality
Food Styling: Pretty & Not So Pretty Pictures
I’m a vendor and I’d like you to promote my products, foods, or other items. Can you review them, host a giveaway, or blog about them?
Maybe. Please see my Press Page near the bottom and contact me via email to discuss the details.
I’d like to advertise on your site or become a sponsor. What should I do?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s chat.
Do you have any information about yoga?
Yoga FAQ’s – A comprehensive post on all things yoga from mats, books & DVD’s, clothing and music recommendations to Sanskirt terms to popular questions about yoga answered
Yoga in the House
Yoga Teacher RYT-500 Hour Milestone
Yoga at Home: Daily Workouts Streamlined in 20 Minutes
Full & New Moon Info
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