FAQs

Erin Clarke, food blogger at the wholesome recipe blog, Well Plated

GENERAL

What is your favorite thing to make?
The million-skillion dollar question! If you were expecting me to say a fancy souffle or 10-layer chiffon cake, I fear I will disappoint you. The truth is, the recipes I love most are simple, comforting, and celebrate the seasons. Baking-wise, I love to make muffins, because they are easy to prep and the results are always satisfying. (These Healthy Blueberry Muffins are my favorite, and readers are especially gaga for these Blender Banana Oatmeal Muffins.) On busy weeknights, I’m a sucker for a good one-pan meal and for recipes that are shockingly quick and unquestionably delicious like this Soy Ginger Salmon.

Also, if you think I could ever turn down the opportunity for a giant slice of chocolate chip cookie cake or pan of paleo brownies (preferably à la mode), we clearly haven’t spent enough time together.

What’s your favorite part about blogging?
My readers. Seriously. Thank you for every comment, every Tweet, every recipe you try—you keep me blogging. On mornings when I’m balancing on our dining room table, hovering over a plate of cookies that I woke up at 6 a.m. to bake, and wondering why the heck I do this crazy thing, you are the answer.

Outside of ya’all, I adore the recipe development, the writing, and of course THE FOOD.

Do you take all of your own photos?
Yes—assuming you are referring to my food photography. I do occasionally publish travel posts, in which case friends (or kind strangers) will sometime snap the photo, but these are an exception. All food photography for my recipe posts is 100% original, taken and edited by me. In the rare case it is not, a photo credit will be listed.

Is blogging your full time job?
I am incredibly, dizzily, and beyond beaming to say that blogging, in addition to independent recipe development, food photography, and contributing to other food sites around the web is what I do for a living. It’s crazy and exhilarating and exhausting, and I love it. I blogged for more than two years while working another full-time job as a business analyst before reaching this point.

I can’t say enough how much my readers’ support means to me. I could not have gotten here without you.

Do you ever work with brands or companies?
Yes! Working with and developing recipes for brands I truly believe in is one of my favorite parts of food blogging. You can find more information about the ways I collaborate with brands here.

Do you have any particular cookware or bakeware items you recommend?
Yes! In fact, I get asked this question so frequently, I created a mini Amazon Store with some of my favorites. Every item in this store is a product I personally use and love. Whether you are sprucing up your kitchen, looking to surprise the cook in your life, or building a wedding registry, this virtual shop is a great starting point. You’ll even find a few of my favorite cookbooks!

Is it true that you lived in France?
Yes! I studied abroad there in 2006, then spent four weeks there in the summer of 2014. I posted a variety of travel updates and restaurant/activity recommendations during my trip, which you can find linked at the bottom of this post, along with a complete guide to what to eat in Paris (one of the most popular posts on this site—I love my readers’ priorities).

Didn’t your blog used to be called something else?
Yes. When I first started blogging, I called this site “The Law Student’s Wife,” because it started as a casual hobby when my husband was in law school. No matter how busy we were, we made a point to share meals together, so it seemed like a natural title (and honestly, I didn’t put much thought into it!). In January of 2015, I renamed to “Well Plated by Erin,” because I wanted the title to more accurately reflect what this blog is about: approachable recipes that make wholesome eating fun, not boring.

Woah, rebranding a website. That sounds hard! How did you do that?
I’m so glad you asked! When I rebranded, I was so frustrated by the lack of information available about how to do it properly, I took everything I learned and put it into an ebook, How to Rebrand Your Blog! Whether you are just thinking of rebranding your website and want to know what all is involved, want to know how to change your social media handles, or need a full-scale checklist of tasks to complete before your new, rebranded website goes live, this book has it all!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | FOOD BLOG TIPS

For information about my photography, favorite resources for improving your blog and photos, and hosting information, see my Photography + Blog Set Up Info & Tips page!

 

RECIPES

Can I use your recipes or photos on my blog or website?

  1. Recipes: No. At this time, I do not allow republication of my post or recipe text without prior consent in any format, be it a website, social media platform, video, or in print. This means that you cannot copy and paste any part of my recipe or blog post and republish it. This type of action negatively impacts how Well Plated is viewed by search engines and is bad internet practice. Also, it causes copyright issues. Please be respectful. If you make a recipe inspired by one from my blog, I’m so, so happy that you did. Please link directly to my blog post as the recipe source and ensure that nothing has been copied. If you have a specific question about the best way to cite a recipe, please feel free to email me at erin{at}wellplated{dot}com.
  2. Photos without recipes: YES! I would be honored for you to share one of my photos, and you do not need to email me to ask. Please credit any photo you use with two links, one back to the direct recipe post and one back to www.wellplated.com.

Do you really eat everything on your blog?
Yes. I test every one of my recipes, and I would never publish anything here that a) I wouldn’t serve my grandma and b) I wouldn’t want to eat again. For any savory recipe, Ben and I eat the leftovers throughout the week. Tragically Ben isn’t much of a sweets guy (we’re in couples counseling to address the issue), so for baked goodies, I typically save several for myself to enjoy, stash a few in the freezer for later, then gift the extras to friends and neighbors.

My recipe didn’t come out like yours. What happened?
Oh I how I wish I could answer this question for you. Truthfully, any number of factors could have contributed to the recipe not turning out as intended: the temperature of the ingredients; if any ingredients had expired (especially baking powder); measuring technique; the temperature of your pan; the way your specific oven bakes; altitude; human error. I test my recipes multiple times and, as I mentioned, never publish anything here that I wouldn’t be proud to serve my grandma. And I really love my grandma.

Can you give me the nutritional information for the recipes on your blog?
As of mid-January 2016, I am working to add nutritional information to new recipes going forward. This information is calculated by using the free nutrition calculator available on myfitnesspal.com. For each recipe, I select the brands of products I used and estimate to the best of my ability. These numbers are meant to be a guide, not a statement of fact. Many elements can cause the dish I make at home to vary nutritionally from the iteration you create, including brands of ingredients, measuring styles, and final serving size. Further, the accuracy is limited by the information available in the My Fitness Pal database. I am not a registered dietician and am providing this information as a service only. I am not giving or implying any kind of dietary advice.

Unfortunately, due to time restraints, I am unable to go back and add nutritional information to my older recipes. If you would like nutritional information for a recipe that does not currently include, I would suggest My Fitness Pal, Calorie Count, or another free online service (a simple Google search will give you options).

JUST BECAUSE

Any parting words of wisdom?
Don’t be afraid to start over. I loved my life in the Twin Cities, but when Ben and I were married, I moved to be with him in Madison, Wisconsin. It stole my heart, and I can’t imagine my life without that chapter. We moved Milwaukee in August 2014, so I’ve embarked on another adventure and am loving getting to know my new hometown.

Express gratitude. You will be more aware of your blessings, and I truly believe appreciation is essential to healthy relationships. In fact, I feel so strongly about it, I publish my entire Thankfulness List every year (2013; 2014; 2015; 2016).

Unplug. Over the years, I have been much more conscious about how attached I am to electronic devices. I’m not sure I’ve improved much, but it’s at least something of which I am now more aware.

Ask questions. 99% of what I know about blogging, I’ve learned by asking others, and I’ve made some fabulous friendships in the process.

Eat chocolate every day. You’ll just be happier (and you can quote me on that).