Name: Ashley Fehr
Blog name and URL: The Recipe Rebel
Where were you born? I grew up in MacGregor, Manitoba
Where are you living now? Austin, Manitoba
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog because I love cooking and baking. I guess I had developed a bit of a reputation with friends, family and coworkers already, and I had a lot of recipes that I’d tried but had put my own twist on. The only place I kept my renditions of recipes I’d tried was on my pin comments on Pinterest, and I figured once I had reached over 500 in less than 2 years it was time to have a real place to store my recipes and tweaks.
How did you decide on your blog name?
I had looked into a lot of different names before I settled on The Recipe Rebel, and most had been so overdone that I decided against them. It just popped into my head one day when I was thinking about starting a blog, and it just fit me so well that there were no other options (and it helped that there weren’t already 100 recipe rebels in the blogisphere). Basically, I have a bit of a problem taking recipes seriously. I love experimenting in the kitchen, and I love putting my own twist on just about everything. But don’t worry – I do actually measure when I’m cooking for the blog!
What do you blog about?
I mostly stick to recipes (all kinds of them!), though I try to find a related personal story, either from my childhood or more recently, that I can weave into blog posts to make them more interesting (I hope!) and help people get to know me a little bit better, or just give them something to laugh about.
What post on your blog most encapsulates you?
I kind of just want to say it’s my About Me page… because it’s so hard to just pick one post and say, “this is so me!” But I recently redid my One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pasta post, and I actually came up with the idea when I was halfway through the recipe and started casually glancing around my fridge to see what I could add. I can rarely just take a recipe as it is! Plus it’s made in one pot, and everyone’s life needs a lot less dishes.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
I’d have to say my Maple-Glazed Apple Crisp Cookies simply because it was a totally random idea that turned out better than I could ever have expected. They are definitely my favorite non-chocolate cookie! Streusel is amazing on pretty much anything, and I love apple crisp, and the glaze just brings it all together. There are just some recipes you make and you wish you could go around handing out samples to all of your readers to show them how good they are – that’s one of them!
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
Most definitely my Oven-Fried Chicken recipe. It has been the most popular recipe on my blog since last August, and I remember when I was trying to photograph it quickly before we had supper thinking, “there’s no way these photos will turn out, I probably won’t even put it up on the blog.” And then it turned out to be my most popular recipe!
What’s your biggest challenge as a blogger?
Right now? Balance. 100%. I’m actually a high school English teacher home on maternity leave with my baby and my 3 year old, and I still probably spend 30-40 hours working on my blog, including cooking and photograping. I think a lot of people don’t realize how much time you can spend on everything! I’m trying to get better at shutting things off and being with real people (including my own kids!) sometimes. I recently turned off pretty much all of the notifications on my phone and it felt amazing!
Share a couple of your favourite food blogs to read. Why do you like them?
This is such a hard question. I read so many blogs! But the ones I love the most are the ones that make me laugh, like Karen from The Food Charlatan and Dorothy from Crazy for Crust. They always put a smile on my face!
Favourite food - care to share a recipe or a restaurant destination?
My favorite food ever ever are these Saskatoon Perogies. They’re something we would have growing up only on a really special occasion, because homemade perogies take a little time. And they’re something I put on the blog just for me, because I think most people think they’re pretty strange or think they’re a dessert perogy!
What are you working on next for your blog?
I’m working on a content audit this summer, which means I’m going through and updating a lot of old posts and photos, and reducing file sizes, improving SEO, etc.. It’s not a super fun project but I actually find it rewarding to retake old photos and take more pride in some of the older recipes on my blog.
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
There was a point when I was debating between a career in culinary arts and a career in education. The biggest con under culinary arts was the terrible hours! Though I do love teaching, and now I can do both 🙂
What makes your blog unique?
Me? Haha. Honestly, I’m just another food lover posting all kinds of recipes because I love all kinds of food. I love healthy food and indulgent food. I love sweet and savory. I love easy and I love taking extra time and making something extraordinary. I think the most unique thing about my blog is the spin I like to put on classic comfort food (BBQ Chili Cheese Lasagna, Chicken Cordon Bleu Scalloped Potatoes, BBQ Chicken Pizza Kebabs…) – I just love taking two things I already love and finding a way to combine them!
What’s your Favourite FBC Feature?
I don’t know if this counts, but I love the blogger resoures the most. The articles on food photography or creating invoices or creating a media kit – I’ve used so many of them and passed them on to other bloggers! There’s some really great information there!
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