We understand that there may be a question or two that we do not get to answer in our day-to-day posts. We hope that these particular questions you may have, will be answered here!
How did Cookingandbeer.com get started?
To be honest, Cooking and Beer started with a totally difference concept in mind. We spent quite a long time living on opposite sides of the United States. Thus, dinners together were few and far between at best. To make up for this, we would Skype each other about once a week, simultaneously preparing a meal. It was a lot of fun and made the distance between us seem as if it did not exist. However, after we moved to Colorado, it did not make sense to Skype from the same kitchen and so we revamped our idea, focusing instead on our passions.
Who designed Cookingandbeer.com?
We have spent countless hours designing Cooking and Beer. With such a small budget, we could not afford to purchase a fancy theme or pay someone to do the design. Hence, the format that you see is all built from scratch. If you like the format, please send us a message (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we would be more than happy to pass along the template.
Is running this website your full-time job?
In the beginning, running this website, in addition to being a recipe developer for other brands, was my (Justine’s) full-time job. Currently, Zach and I both have full-time jobs working for the University of Wyoming. We enjoy our full-time jobs, and think that running this website has become a pleasant refuge from our day-to-day life. To be honest, running this website has become more enjoyable since we stopped depending on it for a second income.
How much time does it take to keep the site running?
Justine spends at least 4 hours a day writing posts, cooking or baking up a storm, and research new ideas and techniques to bring to our readers. In addition to that, there are several hours spent taking and editing photos, submitting to photo sites, updating social networking sites, and so on. You can see how this quickly becomes a full time job.
I am interested in starting my own (food) blog, how do I get started?
That is quite an undertaking, but, with a little hard work, you will succeed. Here are a few things that you will need to get started:
WordPress: Cooking and Beer is fully reliant on the WordPress architecture. WordPress provides a fantastic, user-friendly environment to develop posts and pages. It is turn-key right out of the box.
Can I repost your recipes on my own website?
Yes, you may. I love when other bloggers and brands share my recipes. With that being said, the content and photography is my own. I expect to be given credit wherever and whenever you decide to share, and I also expect that you ask for permission first. Do not copy a recipe word-for-word, and do not take photos without linking back to my website. This makes things easier for everyone. Trust me!
Where is the nutritional information?
I do not share nutrition information on my website. You can easily plug this recipe into other apps or websites. There are many reasons that I do not post nutritional information, but the most important reason is that I am no where near a nutritionist or registered dietician. I do not feel it is appropriate for me to tell you if a recipe is healthy, keto, or gluten-free (whatever the case me be) or not. If it is that important to you, feel free to plug the recipe in elsewhere!
What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D810 DSLR camera. In addition, I use a 50mm macro lens and a 28-300mm zoom lens. The macro lens is mainly used for food photography, and I use the zoom lens for day-to-day life and travel. I also use my iPhone often…especially for videos! Surprise!
Are your photos original?
Unless otherwise specified, yes, my photos are all completely original, and food photography takes a lot of time and effort. This is why it is so important to ask for permission and credit a photo when you use it!