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


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.)

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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.

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.


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 hello{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 on some recipes by using the free nutrition calculator available on myfitnesspal.com and on others via a new recipe plug in I started using in summer of 2019 called Wordpress Recipe Maker. For each recipe, I estimate to the best of my ability based on the information available in the calculators themselves. 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 and Wordpress Recipe Maker databases. 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 it or if you’d like a recipe calculated in a particular way with a specific ingredient, I would suggest using My Fitness Pal, Calorie Count, or another free online service that you are comfortable with (a simple Google search will give you options).


Do you work with brands?

I do! I value and am always open to new partnerships that are mutually beneficial to your brand as well as to my Well Plated readers. Please see my Work with Me page for more.

Are you accepting guests posts?

I am the only author of this site, and therefore I do not accept guest posts.

Do you sell advertising space or links?

At this time, I am not looking to join any new ad networks. I also do not sell web links. Any links on my site are shared because I feel they are valuable, or they are a part of a sponsored relationship, and I will disclose them as such.


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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 to Milwaukee in August 2014, so I’ve embarked on another adventure and have grown to love my new hometown.

Express gratitude. You will be more aware of your blessings, and I truly believe appreciation is essential to healthy relationships.

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).