Recipe Development and Blogger Expenses

2 Oct

I just got done a delicious dinner of home made stir fry with ground beef, roasted broccoli, peppers, onions and pac choi. As I was sitting there eating it I thought….man I wish I took pictures so I could blog about it!

I did, however, get a picture of the Pac Choi that I posted on my Facebook page. This was my first time cooking/eating this vegetable and it was yummy! Kind of like a cross between collards and cabbage! Sautéed in some lard and onion and garlic.

pac choi

But throughout the whole time I was cooking it I was kind of just throwing random stuff in the pan, thinking that it would taste good. I wasn’t planning on blogging about it. It got me to thinking about the different processes bloggers might use when developing and deciding which recipes to include on their blogs.

Do you have a plan that you are going to use a certain recipe on your blog? Or do you just wing it and take a picture of it afterwards? Sometimes I do this and other times I’ll even take a picture of the meal after I’ve taken a bite!

Other times I’ll have a specific plan and know that I am going to blog about something, attempting to set pictures up and everything. Pictures are something I really want to get better at. Right now I use my iPhone, lol. But I’m starting to realize that I might have to get something better if I’m serious about blogging. Suggestions?!?!?

I’ve also noticed that, more recently, I really don’t follow too many recipes when I cook. More and more I’m learning how to develop recipes myself and I’m pretty excited about it. When I first started cooking about two years ago I would follow a recipe to a T for every meal. Now I can pretty  much browse Pinterest or blogs, get an idea, and wing it. I’m proud of myself! When I have a good recipe and I managed to take pictures of it along the way, that’s when I decide it will go on the blog. I never re-post other people’s recipes without giving credit.


My home made spaghetti sauce- I haven’t shared the recipe yet but I’m sure I will sometime soon!

Another thing I got to thinking about was the fact that bloggers DO actually spend a lot of money on the materials for their blogs. Especially if it’s a professional site. I can’t help but wonder how some bloggers can afford to get all these expensive ingredients and then come up with elaborate things like  Paleo baked goods EVERY.DAY.

For one- do you realize how expensive Paleo baking supplies are (almond flour, honey, nuts, nut butter, etc)???? And two-  I find myself wondering where, once the blogger has developed, made and photographed the recipe, do all these yummy desserts go!?!? Certainly if I had goodies like Taylor Made it Paleo’s pumpkin donuts laying around the house every single day I’d put on like 50 pounds!!


They didn’t last a week!!! Here’s another one of her desserts:


Sticky Fig Bars

How do bloggers make all these delicious goodies and not be tempted to eat them all the time??! I give you props bloggers! Baking is something I really can’t develop recipes for, so most of what I make for recipe development involves dinners and side dishes. There fore I don’t have the problem of yummy treats laying around all the time!

Anyways, this was just something I was stewing over and thought would make a good conversation.

How do you decide which recipes go on your blog?

Do you follow a lot of recipes or make up your own?

Where do your desserts and baked goods go after you make them?!?!


4 Responses to “Recipe Development and Blogger Expenses”

  1. Eating 4 Balance October 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    My desserts and baked goods recipes go into the mouths of my parents! Lol. I don’t buy anything for the express purpose of putting the recipe up on my blog. Everything that I share is just something that I baked/made and felt like others would like it.

    It would be pretty awesome to have enough money from blogging though to actually be able to purchase ingredients/props/cameras (<<< ultimate dream right there!) JUST to use for blogging. But that will most likely never happen.

    Recipes go up when I remember I have pictures for them… Simple as that 😉

    I never follow someone else's recipe 100% no matter what. I haven't done that for a very very long time. I always put my little twist on things, no matter if it turns out bad or good!

  2. Andrea @ Andrea out loud! October 3, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    A lot of times I have or follow a “base” recipe and change stuff. sometimes i just throw stuff together and it turns out good, the only thing about that is a lot of times i forget to write down good measurements/instructions so then i cant really share it on the blog which is a bummer 😦 i need to get better about that for sure!
    And when i do desserts/baked goods – if they are chocolate, my boyfriend will eat them. If its not chocolate he wont eat it all fast enough so I usually bring it to work. and i end up eating some too. haha

  3. Davida @The Healthy Maven October 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Awesome post!!! I keep my coworkers VERY well fed 🙂 I definitely spend way too much on my blog considering I don’t make any money off of it, but I love it! At some point it may get excessive though and I’ll really need to stop buying plates/bowls/various food props and get a little more creative….

    I usually plan to make a recipe for the blog (which I also plan to eat) and rarely wing it. Sometimes I procrastibake though and those recipes make their way onto the blog occasionally 🙂

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