Maria Doss is the recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind Kitchen at Hoskins.
Maria Doss began her food blog Kitchen At Hoskins in 2016 to share easy baking, gluten free, air fryer, and instant pot recipes that are family friendly and loaded with flavor.
Born and raised in southern India, today she lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a dog.
Maria loves to create fusion recipes with innovative techniques. She is obsessed with eating healthy but loves to indulge in the occasional decadent treat.
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What did you do before you started blogging?
What did you do before you moved to the US?
What did you go to school for?
Did you use those skills in the bank job?
In the US, people don’t always work in the field they studied, is that true in India?
Do you still have family over there?
How often do you go back?
Why did you start blogging?
What did the cooking competition entail?
And did you win at all?
What kind of recipes were they?
Did you stick with Indian recipes?
How did you pick the name of your food blog?
How long did it take you to come up with that name?
So you did the competitions for 2 years?
Could you use those recipes on your blog?
Is this competition still around?
When you first started, how many times did you publish a post?
How many do you publish now?
How old are your kids?
How many drafts do you have in place to be published right now?
When is your next publish date?
Have you ever had more than one in draft or do you always work like this?
Once you started, how long did it take to start making money?
Was there a time that you actually flipped a switch and said that you’d make it a business?
Did your family understand that it could be a business?
Do you have anyone that helps you with the blog?
Do you plan on getting someone to help you?
What is the best thing that you have done for the blog?
Did you take courses?
Where in your house do you photograph recipes?
How many iterations have you had of the website?
From start to finish, how long does it take for you to photograph a recipe?
How many recipes do you photograph in a day or a week?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
Do you have set days that you do certain tasks?
What do you love about blogging?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
What do you love about it?
Is there any advice that someone who knows blogging gave you that you wish you had listened to?
What do you use for backgrounds?
What kind of camera do you have?
What is your favorite lens?
Do you use a tripod?
When you do video, with your one camera, are you taking shots as you are videoing?
Do you have a favorite marketing tool?
With time management, do you use an app like Asana or Evernote to map out things like a content calendar?
What is the most surprising thing that you’ve found since you started blogging?
If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice about blogging, what would it be?
What would you say your niche is?
Did you have a viral moment or what type of growth have you had?
What is the best blogging investment that you’ve made?
Did you learn video just by doing or did you take a course?
What is your biggest food failure?
Did you eat it?
What is your favorite cuisine?
If you went to a Thai restaurant, what would you get?
What is one thing that you can’t live without in your kitchen?
Do you have a favorite cookbook?