Below you will find FAQ’s about the following topics:
|About Emily||About Casey||Huey and Indy|
|Weight Loss||Cooking||Culinary School|
What are some of your basic facts/stats?
I am 29 years old. I live in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia with my husband and two crazy dogs. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Where did you go to college?
I went to Denison University, a tiny liberal arts college in Granville, Ohio. I majored in Psychology and Neuroscience – neither of which is in any way applicable to what I do now. I also went to Culinary School at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC.
What do you do for a living? Are you a full-time blogger?
In addition to writing Daily Garnish, I also do quite a bit of freelance writing and recipe submissions. I consider this site to be a part-time job, and the rest of my time is spent working on articles and recipes I’m contributing to publications. To see some of my published work, check out my Media and Press Page.
Since you work from home, what do you do all day?
Well…I work! I am usually up by 6:30am every morning, and then I make breakfast, write for a few hours, make a recipe, take photographs, make lunch, edit photographs, answer emails, respond to blog comments, work on freelance pieces, and much more! I like to work in coffee shops a lot to break up the routine of always being at home. In the evening, I usually go the gym for an hour or two, then head home to make dinner, work for another hour or two, and then head to bed!
Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? It’s not very clear.
While I am not a big fan of labels, I would most definitely classify myself as a vegetarian. I do not eat any meat or meat-based products (like chicken stock), and I also do not eat fish. Most of my recipes are vegan, and I prefer to do all of my baking without animal-products. However, I do occasionally eat eggs (more details here), and while I don’t buy any for our home kitchen, I will eat cheese when I am out at restaurants.
Someone told me you quit drinking. Did you write about that?
I did! It was actually one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written, and it took me almost two years to finally press publish. All the details can be found here.
What does Casey do for a living?
He works from home as an Actuarial Consultant, which basically means that he does lots of high level math all day long. He is very, very smart.
How did you and Casey meet? How long have you been together?
We met in a bar back in November 2005. :) Although I should add that it was not totally random – we met through mutual friends. You can read more about how we got together here.
When did you guys get married? Did you do a wedding recap post?
How does Casey feel about you posting so much of his life on the internet?
I think he secretly likes it. :) I’m kidding, but in all seriousness, I would never post pictures or content that made my friends and family uncomfortable. He is really proud of me for all of my accomplishments.
How did you convince Casey to become a vegetarian?
Casey was actually the one who originally initiated our journey into meatless eating. He makes all of his own dietary decisions, and he actually prefers to eat a vegan diet (even though I still eat some cheese and yogurt.)
Huey and Indy
What kind of dogs are Huey and Indy?
Huey (brown) is a purebred German Shorthaired Pointer, and he is 7 years old. Indy is a German Shorthaired Pointer/Labrador Retriever mix, and he is 4 years old.
They seem like they really love each other. Did you get them at the same time?
Casey actually had Huey before he met me, and it took Huey a few months to warm up to me. We got Indy in March of 2006 off of a farm we found on Craigslist. They both have very strong personalities, but usually they get along just fine.
Do you run with your dogs?
Yes, and they are both very fast. They are great companions for speedwork!
How did you get started with blogging?
In January 2008, I was chosen to be a blogger for a Cincinnati newspaper called CinWeekly, and I wrote about training for my first marathon. After the race, I found that I had enjoyed blogging so much that I started my own personal blog called Marathoning, Marrying, and Milestones. By December 2009, I was in culinary school and my blog had shifted to more of a food focus. I changed the name to The Front Burner, which it remained for the next year. You can read about the final transition to Daily Garnish here.
How did you grow your blog so quickly? Do you have any tips for new bloggers?
I attribute my success to a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. I gained a lot of readers while I was in culinary school, I think mostly due to the fact that I was offering something different than most other bloggers. I think the best way to grow your blog is to make sure you are providing content that is attention-grabbing, and makes people want to keep reading.
I was also lucky enough to also get references and links from a few big sites, like Spark People, Kath Eats, and Better Homes & Gardens. But the key to growing your blog is not just to have other people link to you – you also have to have good content that keeps people interested and coming back for more!
What type of blogging software do you use?
I use Windows Live Writer to write posts, and Windows Live Photo Gallery to organize photos. They are both free to download!
What kind of computer do you have?
I have a Sony VAIO laptop, and an external monitor that I hook it up to when I work at home, so that I can juggle my work on both screens.
How did you switch your blog over to self-hosted?
It is a long-term goal to become much more web-savvy than I am now, so in both my transition to self-hosted, and my transition to a new URL, I enlisted the help of graphic designers and professionals.
What hosting service do you use?
I host my blog on a Virtual Private Server with Dreamhost.
How do I get your posts in my Google Reader?
Add the following feed address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/dailygarnish
What is your policy on deleting negative comments?
In my three years of blogging, I have only deleted a handful of comments. I feel that comments – both good and bad – are a natural part of the dialogue that comes from blogging. While sometimes my feelings are hurt, I think it is important to preserve the integrity of the conversation and give everyone a voice. The only comments that have ever been deleted were direct, personal, and very inappropriate attacks.
I left you a question in the comments and you didn’t answer it. What’s up with that?
I read every single comment that comes through here, and I do my very best to catch all the questions and respond in a timely manner. Occasionally on posts with 100+ comments, I might miss one or two. If I miss one of yours, please email me! I assure you it was not intentional.
What kind of camera do you have?
I have a two different cameras that I use. My main camera is the Canon Rebel T2i, which I started using in November 2010. The two lenses I use are the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens and the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 Lens.
Before I got my SLR camera, I used the Canon G11 Point & Shoot Camera, which I highly recommend as a beginner’s professional camera. I still use my G11 when I am on the go or traveling light.
How did you learn how to take such nice photos?
Lots of trial and error! The best way to learn how to use your camera is to play with it. Don’t be afraid to mess up! I am definitely still learning, and there is so much I still don’t know.
I really like your camera bag. Where did you get it?
I use the Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag.
I want to run but don’t know where to start. Can you help?
I actually have several pages dedicated to running! The Running Page has favorite posts in addition to frequently asked questions about running.
Have you always been a runner?
Nope, not at all! Check out My Running Journey Page to read about how I found my love for the sport.
Where can I read about the races you have run?
Check out My Runs & Races Page for recaps and details of every race I have ever run!
How much did you weigh before? What do you weigh now?
I am not exactly sure since I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the scale at the time, but I believe my highest weight was around 160 pounds. Now I fluctuate between 125 and 130 pounds. I am 5’3’’ tall.
How did you lose weight?
You can read about my journey to finding health here.
Do you count calories?
Cooking and Recipes
Can you recommend your favorite pots and pans, knives, etc.?
In 2010 I decided to open up an Amazon Store, in order to directly link readers to all my favorite things, as well as find them the best prices. While the store is in no way a big income generator, I like being able to recommend the things that I use most.
What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
What is nutritional yeast and where can I buy it?
Nutritional yeast is flaky and cheesy and looks like fish food! It is incredible high in protein and B-vitamins. You can read more about it in this post.
Why do you use powdered peanut butter?
Peanut butter is one of my favorite things in the world. While a lot of other bloggers prefer the almond and specialty nut butters, I actually prefer to use powdered peanut butter from dehydrated peanuts. You can read more about it here.
I made one of your recipes and really liked it. Can I re-print the recipe on my website/blog?
Glad you liked the recipe! My personal preference is for others to simply link back to the original recipe, rather than re-post it. I feel that when a recipe is re-posted in it’s entirety, there is little chance that the readers will actually click over to see the original source. I do many tests and versions of all recipes, and work hard to make things I am proud to share. Please give the appropriate credit if you write about something you made from Daily Garnish.
How did you choose your culinary school?
I actually wrote an entire page of Culinary School Frequently Asked Questions, which has all sorts of good info including this particular question.
I am thinking about going to culinary school too. Would you recommend it?
That’s a tough question to answer, since everyone’s experience is so individual. It is typically a full-time program, and it is also very expensive. But for me, it was absolutely worth it because it has paved the path to allow me to do what I want to do for a living, as well as be my own boss. If you are seriously considering going to culinary school, I’d suggest looking over my Culinary School page and reading some of my class recaps to get a feel for what the program entails.
How are you using your culinary degree?
In addition to creating recipes for my own site, I also work on creating recipes for several publications, including SELF and Oprah Magazines. My culinary degree has not only taught me a great deal about food and nutrition, but it has also provided me with the credentials to be able to write and contribute recipes to national publications and websites.
There are a number of ways you can follow all things Daily Garnish!
Or by sending an email to EmilyBMalone@gmail.com. I work very hard to respond to each and every email that lands in my inbox, although sometimes it takes me a few days to respond.
Have a question I didn’t answer? Feel free to leave it in the comments or send me an email, and I’ll try my best to help!