Featured Food Blogger

Rachel Rappaport

Rachel

Rachel is the author of Coconut and Lime

Where do you currently live?
I am a life long resident of Baltimore, MD. Of couse, that has only been 27 years, but I have no plans to move. My husband and I have great house in the city with a large yard for our two dogs, Violet and Elvis, and a workable kitchen. What more could I want?

What is your family's origin?
I'm from a long line of Baltimoreans. My grandpop, who was born in 1914, grew up in the Baltimore neighborhood of Pigtown (so named for the pigs they would walk through the streets on their way to slaughter) and his father worked for the B & O railroad. Ethnically, my family is mostly Polish/Ukrainian with a little bit of Irish and German mixed in.

What is your current occupation?
I work part time and am also a freelance writer. I had been a teacher (and even have a MA in education) but I left to spend more time doing what I love: cooking and writing.

Where do you get your culinary inspiration from?
I read a lot of cookbooks, food memoirs, food writing and food histories. I love learning about food in the greater context of people's lives.

Why did you start blogging?
I had a personal blog since about 2001 and would occasionally talk about cooking. Then when I started dating my now husband, who also loves food and cooking, I started cooking more than ever. I hadn't really heard of food blogging before (this was three years ago, before the food blog explosion) and really just wanted to share my recipes with my friends and anyone else who stopped by. Then it grew from there. I have now posted over 480 of my original recipes to the site! It has gotten to the point that I google my own blog when I am looking for a recipe I had used before, because 9 times out of 10, it was one of mine.

Whats your favorite thing about cooking?
I love figuring out how ingredients and flavors come together to make something totally new. I also like trying to come up with recipes that might be something slightly different, ethnic or exotic than say traditional American home cooking, but just as easy to make.

Besides cooking what is something you like do on your spare time?
I am an avid reader of nonfood related books as well. I also love movies, we are addicted to Netflix!

Here are some of best recipes from the blog:

Mango Chicken
Cuba Libra cupcakes
Apple Crumble
Pineapple Upside Down Cakes
Kiwi Jam