It’s hard not to drool when you’re perusing recipe pins from Kevin Lynch. (I couldn’t help scrolling through his delicious boards without repinning!) In today’s pinterview, Kevin talks about his blog Closet Cooking, different ways to organize recipes, and his Pinterest plans for the holidays. Hope you’ll find something useful for your Thanksgiving dinner plans. Enjoy!
Hi Kevin! First, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a software engineer by day and a food blogger by night. I am the the author of Closet Cooking, a food and recipe blog, where I share all of my favorite recipes that I make in my closet sized kitchen.
For most of my adult life I did not really cook and I was eating the same few, mostly frozen, meals week after week. That all changed however when I went of my first real vacation to Japan where I fell in love with Japanese cuisine. When I got back from the vacation I wanted to experience more Japanese cuisine but I quickly realized that it was going to be too expensive to eat out all the time so I decided that I would try cooking. I searched the web for recipes and came across a few food blogs that had amazing, drool worthy photos of food and I realized that the authors of these food blogs were average everyday people and that it might be possible for me to do it as well. As I started cooking I found that I really enjoyed it! I started taking photos of the meals that I made and after a while I decided to start logging them on a food blog of my own and Closet Cooking was born. I quickly fell in love with food blogging and the whole thing spiraled from there!
How do you come up with your recipes? Do you organize your recipes on Pinterest in any specific way?
My recipe ideas come from a number of sources including from my own imagination, other food blogs that I follow, magazines, cookbooks, restaurant menus and social media sites like Pinterest. (I spend far to much time drooling over food on Pinterest.) When creating recipes, I like to start out by searching the web for similar recipes to see if there are any interesting ideas to incorporate in mine. Sometimes you will find that one recipe out there that will have that one ingredient or a technique that you would never have though of using but when you see it you know that you have to go with it.
It can sometimes be a bit challenging organizing recipes as there are so many different ways of doing it! I like to organize my recipes on Pinterest in several different ways including:
-By occasion such as Thanksgiving or Mothers Day and these boards can be used to quickly plan a menu for that special day.
-By season such as Fall Recipes where I include recipes with ingredients that are in season at that time.
-By food type such as Soups or Sandwiches
-By favorite ingredients such as Bacon or Avocados
What is your favorite pin or board that you’re particularly proud of?
I would have to say that my favorite board is my Sandwiches board. Just by looking at it you can tell that I am a little sandwich obsessed and this board collects all of my favorite sandwiches.
As the holidays are nearing, do you have any new boards you plan to create?
With the holidays approaching I will be creating several new boards for each major holiday including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and I will be breaking them down into boards for different categories such as Snack/Party Food, Appetizers, Holiday Cookies, Special Breakfasts/Brunches, Mains, Sides and Deserts. It is really nice to be able to quickly visually see all of the recipe ideas when you are planning for your holiday dinners and snacks!
Who are some of your favorite food bloggers on Pinterest?