Here’s a rundown of some of the questions we get asked most often. For anything not covered here, be sure to contact us and we’ll get right back to you!
Q: Are you comfortable with calling your children “jerks?”
A: Look, I’d never call them that to their perfect, innocent, cherubic faces. Heck, one of them can’t even read yet, so I’m sure I’ve got a few more years before this website becomes a problem. And even after they’re able to find it themselves, I’ll explain: While my kids are at the heart of everything I do and guide me every day toward the person I want to be, when they look horrified at a meal I’ve spent all day on and tailored to their ever-changing dietary whims, I kind of feel like they’re just being jerks. Don’t tell them I said that.
Q: What WordPress theme are you using?
A: Right now, we are running a customized version of the “Authentic” theme, available on ThemeForest. It’s clean, it’s lightweight, and you can shape it into any kind of website you can imagine.
Q: What’s your photography setup?
A: It’s not much of a setup at all. I’ve reached a place in my food photography where I don’t think I’m going to get much better, and I’m pretty comfortable with where I am. I shoot mostly in natural light on a Canon EOS 70D with a 50mm lens, supplemented occasionally with an iPhone 8 Plus for less planned, spur-of-the-moment shots. You’ll notice I usually forget to set up a lot of props, and I almost always forget at least one level of garnish.
Q: I’m worried about your kids’ eating habits. Have you tried…
A: Yes. I’ve tried everything I can think of, from “One bite to be polite,” to forcing them to sit at the table until they eat, to denying desserts and cutting out all snacks, to taking toys away, to threats of horrifying personal violence. What I’ve learned so far is that the more of an issue you make eating, the more of an issue it becomes, and these little buggers will always win. So for now, I’ve kind of settled in this place where I try to make them something I think they’ll like. If they eat it, great! If they don’t, I don’t make a fuss, but I don’t offer alternatives like peanut butter and jelly or that dreaded blue box of macaroni and cheese. And if they skip dinner, there’s no popsicles or snacks later. Will it work? Will they grow out of it, or eventually grow hungry enough to eat what I make? I have no idea, but this method seems to be the only way we won’t all go crazy.
Q: Are you on the Instagrams?
A: Instagram is still my favorite social network. Check out my profile here.
Q: Can I use your photos or recipes on my site?
A: We work hard to put together easy, good meals that hopefully, kids somewhere will love. It would be really cool if you wouldn’t use our photos without permission. If a recipe inspires you and you want to post it on your own site, please try to rewrite it in your own words, and drop a link back to us somewhere.