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Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of emails asking a variety of questions, so I thought compiling them all into a faq page would be useful for all of us! If you have a question that is not answered here or on our about page, feel free to get in touch.

How do you get such great food photos? What is your setup?

It’s a never-ending learning process. If you go way back into the archives (and I’m NOT going to link you there), you’ll definitely notice a difference. At first I thought it was cool to get as close as humanly possible to my food. You could barely tell what the whole thing was. And for that I apologize! hehe. For those interested, all my photos before spring 2011 were shot with a Canon Rebel digital SLR camera, outfitted with a Canon EF 50mm f1.4 lens. I have since upgraded to a Canon 5D, and now use a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens 90% of the time. I try to use natural light whenever possible (our huge windows are absolutely wonderful for this), but in the wintertime I’m often stuck using just the track lighting above our dining table. I’m still trying to figure out a better nighttime lighting setup, and will be sure to let you know when I do.

What is your day job?

Good question! It’s easy to believe that we just sit around baking cupcakes all day, but that’s not the case. In fact, we work from home (yes, together, all day, every day). By day we run a web and graphic design business called Purr Design.

What IS Taylor’s favorite food?

A little dish he calls pizza-burger-sushi-pho-hotpastramisandwich, with a side of italian sausage and a cold beer.

How did Taylor propose?

Only the best proposal, like, ever: I mean really, how could you say NO to a guy who bakes you 12 dozen mini chocolate cupcakes?

Tell us about your kitchen.

We live in a place with a very open layout – our kitchen is basically part of the living room. But that means tons of light, super high ceilings, and… very little storage. Like, practically none. So we had to get creative. The “pantry” you see is an old antique hutch we inherited and refinished. It sits on the wall across from the kitchen and holds all of our dry food in a collection of jars and various containers. We also had to find a shelving piece to hold all of our dishes… this particular one was actually an old store display shelf we found on sale. We’ll replace it with something more sturdy… someday. You can see more photos of our home and kitchen on flickr.

What got you started blogging?

I’ve always been a bit of a computer nerd, and was involved with various online ‘newsletters’ and ‘journals’ long before blogs even existed. But what got me started with THIS blog was a fancy new camera and macro lens. What better to take really close up detail shots of than food? And since we’re always cooking, I figured, why not!

Can I sent you my product for a review/giveaway/sponsored post?

While we generally don’t do straight up review posts, we occasionally mention products and/or host giveaways for products we personally use and love, or that we know our readers would love. You are welcome to get in touch with us. Please note that we reserve the right to express our opinions (good or bad) or not say anything at all. We will never accept payment to publish positive feedback.

Can I use your recipe or photo on my blog?

Well, first of all, thank you for asking (many folks don’t have the same courtesy). In short, I ask that you please not republish our content in full on your own blog or website. If you’ve made one of our recipes and would like to share it on your own blog, please include an obvious link back to the original post, and rewrite the recipe in your own words. I’d also prefer if you used your own photo along with it (why not show them what you made, rather than what I made?) As for images on their own, if you’d like to use one in a roundup or similar context, I usually don’t mind, as long as the image is clearly credited with a link back to the original post, and uploaded to your own server (see: hotlinking). If you are unsure about whether or not what your are doing is okay, please ask first (and thanks in advance for making the effort to do so).