Erin Parker Skinner is founder of The Speckled Palate, a food blog for those who love to cook meals from the heart with fresh, seasonal ingredients for simple but warm, Southern-style entertaining.
Erin Parker has been blogging since May of 2011. Being in the kitchen makes her so happy that she turns to it whenever she finds herself stressed. Erin believes that from-scratch recipes are the best kind of recipes and strives to develop dishes that are friendly to folks who don’t have all day to spend in the kitchen but who also don’t mind taking the time to make a delicious, homemade meal.
A few of Erin’s favorite things:
- Fresh, seasonal ingredients because they simply taste better.
- Not only that, but they’re more affordable!
- Simple entertaining.
- Hosting friends to watch a game or to hang out over dinner totally counts as entertaining and should be done more often.
- Enjoying good food.
- Her blog strives to strike a balance between the sweet and savory, decadent and healthy, and a little bit of everything in between.
- Spinning classic recipes into something a little more interesting.
- No offense to the classics—they’re classics for a reason, obviously, but Erin loves to make them new and exciting, while still reminding us why we adore that recipe.
- Cooking and baking, her language of love.
- Erin has no qualms about inviting friends over for dinner on a random Tuesday two hours before the food hits the table. In fact, it makes her exceedingly happy.
- Developing and finding recipes that everyone, including friends with dietary restrictions, can enjoy without worry.
The Speckled Palate is named after the family dog, Lucy, and her actual speckled palate. It is a nod to everything Erin loves in the culinary space, including eclectic recipes that highlight her favorite fresh flavors and that can easily feed a crowd.
Like any good Southerner, Erin Parker likes meals with a heaping side of conversation. Gather ’round her table, and talk tasty, whole food dishes!
Erin Parker Show Notes
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What did you do before you started blogging?
Is that what you went to school for?
What did you start blogging?
Did you still have your personal blog when you started your food blog?
What platform was it on?
Why did you pick the name of your food blog?
When you first started, how many times did you publish a post?
How many do you publish now?
How long do you think it took you to go to your current schedule?
Since you started doing that, have you seen an increase in readership?
How many drafts do you have in place to publish?
Once you started, how long did it take to start making money?
When you think back, what is the best thing you did for the blog?
Who did you use?
Do you have anyone that helps you with your company?
Do you do the social sharing?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
What do you love about blogging?
What is your favorite media platform and why?
Do you do your own SEO, or do you have someone do it for you?
Is there a story behind there?
Do you have a favorite marketing tool?
What is your most popular post?
Did you have a viral moment?
Is there anything you did that catapulted you to the next level?
What is your biggest food failure?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
What is your favorite cookbook?
What kind of camera do you use?
What is your favorite lens?