Today’s Behind the Blog Blogger Spotlight introduces you to Betsy from Desserts Required. I met Betsy a couple of years ago at a conference. She is one of those wonderful people who is warm and welcoming. Her smile is infectious and her personality endearing. I hope you enjoy meeting her and reading about her blog. Your sweet tooth will thank you.
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How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging 6½ years ago. I don’t think I knew what a blog was, shortly before I got started, but once I learned about blogs, I thought I could add something positive by sharing my passion for and love of desserts.
How did you come up with your blog’s name?
Easy, desserts ARE required!
Who inspires you with regard to your cooking or baking?
My great grandmother used to bake challah every week for Shabbas and I loved the itty bitty swans she made for us. My father’s mother made the best butter cookies, thus Nana’s Butter Cookies is always a favorite on the blog. Lastly, my mother bakes the best pies.
What are you passionate about besides food?
I love anything that involves my children and also my business, Happylicious by Betsy. How many women get to play with dough and ask people to taste her balls?
What is your favorite food to make?
That’s a tough question. I love anything with chocolate, bacon, avocado and, did I mention chocolate? I also love combining salty and sweet ingredients.
What is your favorite thing to order when you eat out?
I am a huge believer in ordering whatever I have a taste for. I love appetizers, sides and desserts the most. Then again, at times I have ordered EVERY dessert on the menu when there were only two of us at the table so main dishes can get in the way.
Are there any foods you won’t eat?
Horse, dog, cat.
Who are some of your favorite blogs to follow?
Is this like which is my favorite child? Ok, a few of the bloggers I always know will produce winning recipes are Pastry Chef Online, Pook’s Pantry, Cravings of a Lunatic, That Skinny Chick Can Bake, The Crumby Kitchen and I Am Baker. I KNOW I am leaving off so many. OY!
What are some of your favorite recipes on your blog?
Nana’s Butter Cookies, Mom’s Strawberry Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Chocolate Covered Bacon, all of the Gooey Brownie Cups, Katie’s Blondies, Spicy Smiles, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake, Death by Chocolate, Raspberry Cheesecake. Ok, it’s really hard to pick just a few!
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I am a baker and believe that everyone can bake. I love sharing the stories behind the recipes and making baking accessible for everyone. One thing I always tell people is that if the ingredients used are the best and your dessert does not turn out the way it looks in pictures, be proud of what you present as, chances are, it is just as fabulous!
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