Sunday, April 15, 2012

About the Food Pusher


The fam at the Omaha Zoo


Thanks for stopping by Food Pusher!  I'm Kelly, mother of two awesome boys (ages 11 & 13), wife of one awesome husband, and a part time teacher of some of the best kids in Iowa. I grew up in Southern California, moved to Portland, Oregon for a couple of years, then back to SoCal, and now I live in the Heartland—Des Moines, Iowa. My mother is a major food pusher, as was her mother. My dad’s sister is also a food pusher, so I guess I get it from both sides of the family. 

Over the years, I have become known to family and friends as someone who likes to bake and cook. When I moved to Iowa, I immediately started competing in the Iowa State Fair Food Competition and won a few ribbons. My eye was on the BIG prize, though: a $3000 cash grand prize in the Tones Cinnamon Roll Competition. It was via that competition that I met a woman who introduced herself as a “food blogger.” She wanted to take pictures of my first place (NOT grand prize winning, though) Pulled Pork Cinnamon Rolls to post on her blog with the recipe. “Sure,” I told her. 

Although a friend of mine had been prodding me for a couple of years to start a food blog, I thought it was too techie for me, but when I saw what this other woman had posted on her blog, it dawned on me that it wasn’t all that difficult to do. I could take some simple pictures of my food and post the recipes. So, my husband started my Blogger account for me, and we mulled over a name for a few minutes. Since he’d started calling me a food pusher like he called my mother, I figured it was a good enough name for my blog. So, this Food-Pusher blog was born. Honestly, I don’t know why the hyphen is in the name. I should probably figure out how to remove it, but it’s there for now.

Here you will find recipes for foods I actually cook. I don't serve my food looking very fancy, so you won't see any elaborate staging here; only food that I plan to eat or give to others to eat. Just trying to keep it real.

I’m really glad I’ve stared this blogging thing. It’s a relatively healthy hobby that keeps me at home where I like to be. You might notice that I don’t have ads on my blog. There are two reasons for that. Okay, maybe three. First, I think it makes a blog look cluttered when you get too much advertising. Second, blogging about food is something I do for fun. I hear all the time, “You should sell this stuff,” or “You should open a bakery,” to which I reply, “As soon as I start doing this for money, it will stop being fun.” I need this fun in my life, so I will continue to do it for that reason. Third, I think I'm too lazy to figure out how to monetize tastefully. I blog for recreation and relaxation, although I sometimes do make myself too busy. I've decided to try making a little money at this, so you'll notice a couple of Google AdSense spots on my blog. Feel free to ignore them, and please know, I won't let the ads get out of control.

I’ve written too much. You might have already noticed that I like to keep my posts short and sweet. If you still have questions for me, please feel free to email me or post a comment under a recipe you have questions about. I try to keep up with the comments, but sometimes my real life gets in the way. If you have a truly burning question, go the email route. You’ll get quicker results.

Enjoy the recipes!



24 comments:

  1. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I made the Chili Colorado Burritos this afternoon for my husband and myself and they were delicious! I am always looking for new recipes that are by people who have actually cooked the food they have posted a recipe for. Your recipe was discovered by me from a repost by a friend on Pinterest (amazing how technology works.)I have now saved your blog as one of my favorites and can't wait to try some of your other recipes. As a fellow foodie (though not blogger) I wanted to say thanks for spending the time to help work frazzled women like me come up with something new for dinner.

    Sincerely,
    Paige Brown

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    1. Paige, thank you so much for letting me know you've tried and enjoyed a recipe AND that you like my blog. It makes me smile. :)

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    2. I have not tried anything yet, but everything looks so good. I came across your pretzel buns and I will try it first. I love to cook and bake as well. Thank you for taking the time to do this site, I will stop by often.

      Sincerely,
      Debbie Robinson

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    3. Well, I'm glad you like my blog, Debbie. :) It's actually a convenient place for me to keep my recipes. When I travel to California, I have all of my recipes online so I can cook and bake at my mom's house too.

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  2. Hi, I came across you chili Colorado Burrito on Pinterest. I made it tonight for dinner and oh my goodness it did not disappoint. My husband and two sons thought it was delicious too. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. Awesome! I love to hear that sort of feedback! :) Thanks for taking the time to let me know you and your family enjoyed the recipe.

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  3. Over the years I have checked out a lot of food blogs. But yours is the first one that has actually made me want to follow it. I am a seasoned cook (I'm 57)but your recipes are so fresh and innovative. Your pictures are to drool over. I can't wait to try out some of your foods. I have been wanting to try making laminated dough and your recipes make it look do-able. Thanks for taking the time to share your talents with us. Where did you grow up in SoCal. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley (way before your time) and then lived for 30+ years in the suburbs of San Diego-before moving to the gorgeous state of Utah 9 years ago.

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    1. Oh my gosh, thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you find the recipes mouth-watering. :) I grew up in La Palma, which is in north Orange County, right down the street from Knott's Berry Farm. I went to school at Point Loma Nazarene College for one year and loved San Diego. Unfortunately, my parents were not willing or able to pay for me to continue after I changed my major to undeclared. :) God bless them for paying for my college education at all. Anyway...I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. Let me know if you try some of the recipes and how they turn out for you.

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  4. I've just found your blog via a comment you left elsewhere. Have to say that I love the way you cook and what you cook. It's rare to come across a food blog where I actually want to try out the recipes and not just drool over the images and ideas ;0)

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    1. Well, thanks for that awesome compliment. You just made my day. :)

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  5. I love your blog; the photos, the recipes, everything. I am especially impressed that you make your own croissant dough. I have heard it is not something the home baker can do. Now I know better and will be be trying your recipe this holiday season. In fact, there are a lot of your recipes I will be trying soon - Pulled Pork Cinnamon Rolls and Nanaimo Bars to name a few.

    I used to live about 30 miles from the Canadian Border and so I could easily get Nanaimo Bars in Bellingham and Mount Vernon. Since I moved from that area eight years ago, I haven't had one so I'm excited to try your recipe (but I have to say mine probably won't be as pretty as yours)!

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes.

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    1. Well, thank you for your kind words. :) I'm glad you've found some recipes here that you'd like to try. It's interesting that you said you used to live near Bellingham. That's where my friend lived who finally gave me the name for Nanaimo bars, and my first Nanaimo bar recipe. I hope all the recipes you try turn out for you! Remember with croissants, that practice is necessary. So keep practicing. :)

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    2. Thanks for the tips. I will be patient with the croissant dough and hopefully it will work out for me.

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  6. Hi! I found this recipe while hunting around for a key lime dessert for Easter. This looks amazing and I cannot wait to try it! I only have a 9" springform pan and I'm not sure whether I should make the recipe as is and have a thinner cheesecake or double it which might be a little too big. Any advice would be appreciated!

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    1. I would double the recipe for a 9" pan. If when you go to fill it, it really looks like there will be too much filling, leave some filling out and then make some little cheesecakes in a muffin pan on the side. Then you will be able to taste the cheesecake before you serve it at an event. Just saying. :)

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  7. Kelly,new to your page,was wondering if you have ever tried to make pepper jelly,I garden and this yr I'm growing a lot of different kinds of peppers.Never made pepper jelly or any other kind of jelly.So looking for info.Love that you cook at lot.Not very good this

    Brenda W

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    1. Brenda, I have not even tasted pepper jelly. Sorry. :/ I have made jams in the past--especially when I lived in Oregon where they have the BEST strawberries I've ever eaten. But, no, no pepper jelly. If you don't already have a recipe, I recommend Allrecipes.com. I'm sure they'd have something you could try; plus, most of the recipes have reviews and comments to help you out. Good luck! (And I'm glad you've found your way to my blog!)

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  8. Like so many other gals, I found your blog via Pinterest. I just printed out your recipes for mini choco pies and crispy fried chili tacos: YUM! I, too, have visited many food blogs but yours is the first that I've bookmarked. I will return often, hungry for more of your diverse, beautifully photographed, recipes-for-wannabegoodcooks-moms!

    Stephanie Flowers
    Valencia, CA

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    1. Aw, thanks, Stephanie. This made my month, I think. :) I appreciate your kind words and I hope that you enjoy the food you make from my recipes. Have fun!

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  9. Hello Kelly
    Do you have any recipes for Turkey breast?
    Thank s

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    1. Sorry, I don't have any turkey breast recipes. Turkey is one of those meats I only think of around Thanksgiving or in terms of deli meat. :/

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  10. Hi, am so glad I found your blog. I have been trying to get to write mine for the last 4 yrs. Got bunch of picture to a point I don't know what is what anymore. I love your recipes they are so unique and creative and I also like the fact that you give credit to the people/site where you got the recipes from that reflects what kind of a person you are and I will definitely follow your footsteps coz theres so much here that I want to try. Have a nice weekend

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  11. I love to cook! Can't express that enough but I'm sidelined for the time being (shoulder injury) I'm saving every recipe my boyfriend will love since I enjoy cooking for my human garbage disposale and boy can that skinny burma boy who swears he's Mexican EAT! His mother sadly passed away when he was a kid and she enjoyed cooking and when we began dating I had him at do you want pot roast for dinner? Lol his son enjoys helping me in the kitchen and seeing them both light up when I am cooking is just AWESOME! Thank you for the new ideas especially the Colorado Burrito recipe. I emailed him the recipe and asked for him to make it this week. He happily replied OMG YES I WILL FOR YOU!

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    1. Well, I hope your shoulder heals soon so you can get back to cooking. Enjoy the burritos; I'm pretty sure your boyfriend will love them. :)

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