Monica Lensink is the founder, recipe writer, and photographer behind Nourish and Fete, a website with fresh, fast, everyday recipes tailored for home cooks and busy families.
Monica is a former diplomat and intelligence analyst who began blogging as a hobby in 2016. As her career evolved and her family grew, Monica transitioned her website from a casual “mom blog” to its present focus on food — and got more serious about making it a professional source of income.
The recipes at Nourish and Fete are designed for home cooks who value convenience and time, yet still want to create high-quality meals and love making things from scratch. One of Monica’s core beliefs is that home cooking can be easy and rewarding, despite or even because of the crazy pace of modern life. Her goal for Nourish and Fete is to be a resource and inspiration for readers to eat well and celebrate the everyday.
Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Monica currently lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband, two young children, and their beloved dog, Cookie. Her two grown step-children live nearby and are pescetarians, which explains the growing collection of plant-based and seafood recipes on her site.
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Monica Lensink show notes
- Artificial Academy – Joanie Simon’s course
- Erickson Woodwork
- Replica Surfaces
Kitchen must haves
What did you do before you started blogging?
What does that mean?
What would be a normal day for you if you were at work?
How many languages do you speak?
Why did you start blogging?
What does your husband do that you were both in Belgium?
When did you start blogging?
How did you pick the name of your food blog?
How long did you do the mommy part of it?
When you did do the rebrand were you at a point where it was okay?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
You just had your baby in the last little while?
How many drafts do you have in place to be published right now?
Once you started, how long did it take you to start making money?
How do you like AdThrive?
What is the best thing you’ve done for your blog?
Do you use continuous light or do you use flash?
Do you have anybody that helps you with your blog?
Do you do any social sharing groups?
Where in your house do you photography your recipes?
When you do photograph for the blog, how many do you do in a day or a week?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
Where in the process did you finally niche down?
What do you love about blogging?
What do you use for backgrounds?
What kind of camera do you have?
What is your favorite lens?
Do you use a tripod?
What is your most popular post?
Did you have a viral moment?
Knowing what you know now, if you were to start blogging, what would you do differently?
What is your biggest food failure?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What dish would you eat?