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Blogging

Do you have advice for other bloggers?

Here are all my posts tagged: Life As A Full-Time Food Blogger.

What’s your favorite recipe on the blog?

Not surprisingly, I am partial to the chocolate pie, brownies, and pudding cake recipes; but I also really love the ice cream–especially the pistachio ice cream recipe in the Chocolate-Covered Katie Cookbook.

The definite reader favorites are the Cookie Dough Dip and the Black Bean Brownies. More reader favorites can be found on the right sidebar of the blog!

Can I post one of your recipes on my own blog? And can I use your photos?

I’m ridiculously happy when someone tries one of my recipes. I do ask, though, that you link back to the recipe instead of posting it on your site unless you’ve made major changes. I have big plans for some of my recipes. But please feel free to use any of my photos as long as you give credit.

 

Running/Exercise

Do you run every day?

Edit: for why I no longer run at all, see this post: Why I Gave Up Running.

Do you lift weights?

I used to hate weight lifting almost as much as I love chocolate. (Okay, maybe not that much.) But once I started working out with a friend and talking the whole time, I discovered I actually look forward to going to the gym.

 

Katie

Do you have a job?

Yes. As of June, 2011, this is my job!

Can you share your stats? How much do you weigh?

I am 5’5 and don’t regularly weigh myself.

You mention you’ve lived all over the world. Where exactly have you lived?

I was born in England and have also lived in Philadelphia, Japan, China, The Philippines, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

 

Photography

What camera do you use?

I have a little Canon Rebel and vascillate between an f/1.8 and a 100mm macro lens. Love them both. (Photos on posts up until about a year ago were taken with a simple point-and-shoot camera.) Someday I’d like to buy a Canon 5D. Someday… when I can afford it!

Have you taken any photography classes? What tips do you have for someone who wants to take better photos?

Everything I know comes from observation and practice. My biggest tip to readers who want to improve their photos: practice practice practice! And observe others’ photos on sites like foodgawker or pinterest, making mental (and sometimes actual) notes on what aspects of the photo you like and what you dislike.

 

Health and Diet

You seem to eat very healthily. Do you ever eat unhealthy foods?

I try to make sure my meals are balanced, and I strive for variety. But I don’t stress out about it and will never eat a food just because it’s supposedly good for me. Worrying about eating a “perfect” diet seems more detrimental to one’s health than a few grams of trans fat or white flour every now and then. Luckily the foods I crave are usually pretty healthy; however if I’m out with friends, on vacation, or someone surprises me with a not-healthy-in-the-slightest homemade baked good, you can bet your boots I’ll happily eat it!

Many of your recipes are extremely low-calorie. Why is that?

Many of the people who read my blog are trying to lose weight or can’t just eat as much as they want. I try to make my recipes relevant for as many people as possible, and therefore I’ll give variations in my recipes so that everyone can make them. This way people can make the recipe as high-fat or low-fat as they want. (It’s also why I try to include gluten-free options and test each recipe with different sweeteners and flours.)

Do you really eat all the desserts you post?

I personally taste-test every single recipe I post on my blog. Many of the recipes—especially ones with chocolate—will be consumed entirely by me. (Or the addictive Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cookies. I don’t share those!) However, my friends love being taste-testers, and I’ll often send them home with food. Then there are some recipes that I create specifically because I think you will like them; these are not necessarily my personal favorites (cake batter doughnuts, pbj blondies, etc.). Friends will happily eat anything I don’t want.

Are you anorexic?

I’m not, but I am aware it’s a suggested search term if you google my blog name, which is why I wrote the following post: Chocolate-Covered Katie Anorexic?

Is this a vegan blog?

You definitely do not need to be a vegan to enjoy these recipes! You simply need to be someone who enjoys delicious desserts. (You fit this description, right?) I’d guess that a large percentage of my readers probably aren’t vegans or vegetarians, and most of my real-life friends, who taste-test many of the recipes for me, aren’t vegetarians.

 

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Do you really eat chocolate every day?

Every single day. Usually at least twice.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Jasmine says:

    Are you fluent in Japanese? As a Japanese major about to graduate college, it’s awesome to see a good food blog written by someone who has lived in Japan.

    1. I’m not… I can understand a little, and I used to know a lot more. But it’s been quite a few years since I lived there!

      1. Maia says:

        hey Katie! I love your blog!! Do you have any healthy snickerdoodle cookie recipes? I found the brownie but is there a cookie? thanks!! its ok if you dont have one!!

      2. Maia says:

        hey Katie! I love your blog!! Do you have any healthy snickerdoodle cookie recipes? I found the brownie but is there a cookie? thanks!! its ok if you dont have one!!

    2. I’m not… I can understand a little, and I used to know a lot more. But it’s been quite a few years since I lived there!

  2. Jasmine says:

    Are you fluent in Japanese? As a Japanese major about to graduate college, it’s awesome to see a good food blog written by someone who has lived in Japan.

  3. Claire says:

    Dear Katie,
    Thank you oh so much for your wonderful blogging! I really enjoy your recipes. You have made my life and my roommates’ lives much sweeter and more chocolatey! : ) I have a recently discovered diary allergy and had thought that was the end to chocolate goodness. You have proved that wrong! Thank you so much! God Bless and have a wonderful Easter week!

    1. Aw thank you, Claire! Happy Easter :).

    2. Aw thank you, Claire! Happy Easter :).

  4. Claire says:

    Dear Katie,
    Thank you oh so much for your wonderful blogging! I really enjoy your recipes. You have made my life and my roommates’ lives much sweeter and more chocolatey! : ) I have a recently discovered diary allergy and had thought that was the end to chocolate goodness. You have proved that wrong! Thank you so much! God Bless and have a wonderful Easter week!

  5. Hi Katie!

    I am a HUGE dessert fan, and I’m always looking for more ways to make desserts. I am not Vegan or Gluten-free or any of that, but these recipes sound DELICIOUS! I’m looking forward to trying some!

    My question has to do with process, or rather processing. I have a Magic Bullet, and I love it for some things, but I have had some trouble with it. I’ve mostly tried to make Hummus and a kale pesto that I made up (that is awesome, but not vegan — but could be adapted, I’m sure), and whenever I make something that is of a paste consistency, it all bunches up on the sides and stops blending. When I pull off the blade to look at what it’s doing, there’s a little pocket for the blade and everything else is just stuck on the sides.

    So how do you do it!? I would love to make more things with it rather than let it gather dust in my cupboard, but I guess I’m just not adept at it. If you have any tips, that would be awesome!

    Granted, I’m getting married in two months, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get one of the blenders or food processors that I registered for, but I still love my bullet! Honestly, it’s made the best smoothies I have ever tasted (the secret is lime sherbet or sorbet!).

    Thanks for all you do! You’re awesome!
    — Caitlin

    1. My best advice with the bullet is to do small servings. If you overcrowd it, the stuff doesn’t blend. I have a lot of success in that thing with small-serving recipes :).

    2. My best advice with the bullet is to do small servings. If you overcrowd it, the stuff doesn’t blend. I have a lot of success in that thing with small-serving recipes :).

  6. Hi Katie!

    I am a HUGE dessert fan, and I’m always looking for more ways to make desserts. I am not Vegan or Gluten-free or any of that, but these recipes sound DELICIOUS! I’m looking forward to trying some!

    My question has to do with process, or rather processing. I have a Magic Bullet, and I love it for some things, but I have had some trouble with it. I’ve mostly tried to make Hummus and a kale pesto that I made up (that is awesome, but not vegan — but could be adapted, I’m sure), and whenever I make something that is of a paste consistency, it all bunches up on the sides and stops blending. When I pull off the blade to look at what it’s doing, there’s a little pocket for the blade and everything else is just stuck on the sides.

    So how do you do it!? I would love to make more things with it rather than let it gather dust in my cupboard, but I guess I’m just not adept at it. If you have any tips, that would be awesome!

    Granted, I’m getting married in two months, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get one of the blenders or food processors that I registered for, but I still love my bullet! Honestly, it’s made the best smoothies I have ever tasted (the secret is lime sherbet or sorbet!).

    Thanks for all you do! You’re awesome!
    — Caitlin

  7. Katie says:

    Katie,

    I have a question about flour. I recently have been trying to bake with coconut flour…it can be tricky! I’ve tried searching the web for conversions…how much coconut flour to use if the recipe calls for ww flour or spelt flour…no success. Was wondering if you had any experience? Some of your recipes look so yummy…like the single carrot cake…but not sure how much coconut flour to use. Arigatou!

    – Katie

    BTW…I’m a Katie who loves chocolate, is a marathon runner & has lived in Japan! :)

    1. Hi Katie!
      Sorry, I don’t have much experience with it either. I do know that it absorbs liquid like a sponge, so you have to use more liquid in recipes with coconut flour. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      1. Janet says:

        Katie & Katie,

        I just purchased a cookbook called “Cooking with Coconut Flour” compiled by Dr. Bruce Fife of coconutresearchcenter.org. You can buy it through his website or on Amazon.com. It’s filled with recipes developed specifically for coconut flour, which, as you point out, “absorbs liquid like a sponge,” and can’t just be substituted for other flours. Generally, you have to use more eggs when you use coconut flour.

        The one thing I’m having trouble with is finding a good coconut flour recipe for a GF Belgian Waffle. I’ve tried a couple of recipes for pancakes, but they just don’t hold together well enough for a Belgian Waffle iron (I ended up having to scrape bits of one out of the waffle iron – not fun!). And they’re spongy, not crisp on the outside (which is why I like Belgian Waffles!). So, Katie, if you need suggestions, I’d love to see if you can come up with a GF Belgian Waffle recipe using coconut flour (maybe if you used part coconut flour, and part chickpea flour, or some other combination)?

        1. Alex says:

          I read that you only use 1/4 of a cup for every cup on regular flour. So far it has worked for me.

          1. Nancye says:

            Here is a site that uses Coconut Flour, you just need to search the Vegan recipes….

            http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/gluten_free_coconut_flour_recipes.htm

          2. Nancye says:

            Here is a site that uses Coconut Flour, you just need to search the Vegan recipes….

            http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/gluten_free_coconut_flour_recipes.htm

        2. Alex says:

          I read that you only use 1/4 of a cup for every cup on regular flour. So far it has worked for me.

      2. Janet says:

        Katie & Katie,

        I just purchased a cookbook called “Cooking with Coconut Flour” compiled by Dr. Bruce Fife of coconutresearchcenter.org. You can buy it through his website or on Amazon.com. It’s filled with recipes developed specifically for coconut flour, which, as you point out, “absorbs liquid like a sponge,” and can’t just be substituted for other flours. Generally, you have to use more eggs when you use coconut flour.

        The one thing I’m having trouble with is finding a good coconut flour recipe for a GF Belgian Waffle. I’ve tried a couple of recipes for pancakes, but they just don’t hold together well enough for a Belgian Waffle iron (I ended up having to scrape bits of one out of the waffle iron – not fun!). And they’re spongy, not crisp on the outside (which is why I like Belgian Waffles!). So, Katie, if you need suggestions, I’d love to see if you can come up with a GF Belgian Waffle recipe using coconut flour (maybe if you used part coconut flour, and part chickpea flour, or some other combination)?

    2. Hi Katie!
      Sorry, I don’t have much experience with it either. I do know that it absorbs liquid like a sponge, so you have to use more liquid in recipes with coconut flour. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  8. Katie says:

    Katie,

    I have a question about flour. I recently have been trying to bake with coconut flour…it can be tricky! I’ve tried searching the web for conversions…how much coconut flour to use if the recipe calls for ww flour or spelt flour…no success. Was wondering if you had any experience? Some of your recipes look so yummy…like the single carrot cake…but not sure how much coconut flour to use. Arigatou!

    – Katie

    BTW…I’m a Katie who loves chocolate, is a marathon runner & has lived in Japan! :)

  9. Melanie says:

    Hi Katie!

    Love your blog, mine is still in its infancy…

    I was wondering if you have a recipe/trick for chocolate milk powder? I hate all the crap in the store bought ones and thought you might feel the same!

    Thanks!

    1. I don’t… but I’ve recently discovered Barleans chocolate silk powder, and I love it!!

    2. I don’t… but I’ve recently discovered Barleans chocolate silk powder, and I love it!!

    3. Kelsey says:

      My husband loves chocolate milk, but I’m not a big fan of ingredients I don’t know! The easiest chocolate milk powder I’ve come across is cocoa mixed with white sugar. If you are no white sugar (I try to stay away!), I’ve also skipped the sugar and mixed cocoa with milk (mine was almond milk and dark cocoa. It was sweet enough for me, at least!). The trick is to add a little hot water to the cocoa/(sugar) and mix well before pouring in the milk. Especially with almond milk (which is thicker; and you can always make your own if you are even raw-er!), it was so lusciously chocolate!

      1. Jennifer says:

        I second Kelsey’s response! Several years ago I started looking online for a chocolate syrup recipe as my son loves chocolate milk and I didn’t like some of the ingredients in the store-bought stuff. Added benefit is being able to control how much sugar is in the recipe. I ended up finding a recipe that calls for cocoa powder, sugar and salt (tiny bit). For the sugar, I use a combo of raw cane sugar, coconut sugar and xylitol. Just like Kelsey, we heat up a little hot water in the tea kettle and add it to the glass to make a paste/syrup. At this point you can even add a little vanilla if you like. Fill the glass with cold milk and yum!! Just made a pan of your chocolate zucchini brownies, Katie, and they are delicious : )

      2. Jennifer says:

        I second Kelsey’s response! Several years ago I started looking online for a chocolate syrup recipe as my son loves chocolate milk and I didn’t like some of the ingredients in the store-bought stuff. Added benefit is being able to control how much sugar is in the recipe. I ended up finding a recipe that calls for cocoa powder, sugar and salt (tiny bit). For the sugar, I use a combo of raw cane sugar, coconut sugar and xylitol. Just like Kelsey, we heat up a little hot water in the tea kettle and add it to the glass to make a paste/syrup. At this point you can even add a little vanilla if you like. Fill the glass with cold milk and yum!! Just made a pan of your chocolate zucchini brownies, Katie, and they are delicious : )

    4. Kelsey says:

      My husband loves chocolate milk, but I’m not a big fan of ingredients I don’t know! The easiest chocolate milk powder I’ve come across is cocoa mixed with white sugar. If you are no white sugar (I try to stay away!), I’ve also skipped the sugar and mixed cocoa with milk (mine was almond milk and dark cocoa. It was sweet enough for me, at least!). The trick is to add a little hot water to the cocoa/(sugar) and mix well before pouring in the milk. Especially with almond milk (which is thicker; and you can always make your own if you are even raw-er!), it was so lusciously chocolate!

  10. Melanie says:

    Hi Katie!

    Love your blog, mine is still in its infancy…

    I was wondering if you have a recipe/trick for chocolate milk powder? I hate all the crap in the store bought ones and thought you might feel the same!

    Thanks!

  11. Charity says:

    Katie,
    Thank you for your blog. My son has severe food allergies. he is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He is 7 and loves regular stuff like other kids and you have given me some great ideas to make him some cool treats! I am on my way to get some coconut oil. (He can have coconuts.) Yummy and thank you! I believe I can adapt these recipes to his nut allergies.

  12. Charity says:

    Katie,
    Thank you for your blog. My son has severe food allergies. he is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He is 7 and loves regular stuff like other kids and you have given me some great ideas to make him some cool treats! I am on my way to get some coconut oil. (He can have coconuts.) Yummy and thank you! I believe I can adapt these recipes to his nut allergies.

  13. Ben says:

    Katie,
    This may be a very strange question– and you and others may think that I am wacko, but as a guy who loves creating recipes (imagining flavors and melding them together is my favorite and my wife gets a kick out of it too!) I am confused slightly by some of your recipes. Particualry the red velvet pancakes– I cannot wait to actually use a recipe and try these, but what measurement are you using for your dry goods. When you say ‘2T’ ww flour…are you saying only 2 tablespoons?

    Im sorry if this is a weird question- I look forward in being able to try some of your recipes and get inspired even more! Thanks for all that you do! Happy Easter!

    -B

    1. tablespoons = T
      Sorry for the confusion, and in my more-recent entries I’ve started to write tbsp or tablespoon… because others have had the same question!

      1. Ali says:

        I thought everyone knew that a capital “T” is for tablespoon, and a small “t” is for teaspoon. That’s how my mom and grandma wrote things down on their recipe cards :)

      2. Ali says:

        I thought everyone knew that a capital “T” is for tablespoon, and a small “t” is for teaspoon. That’s how my mom and grandma wrote things down on their recipe cards :)

    2. tablespoons = T
      Sorry for the confusion, and in my more-recent entries I’ve started to write tbsp or tablespoon… because others have had the same question!

  14. Ben says:

    Katie,
    This may be a very strange question– and you and others may think that I am wacko, but as a guy who loves creating recipes (imagining flavors and melding them together is my favorite and my wife gets a kick out of it too!) I am confused slightly by some of your recipes. Particualry the red velvet pancakes– I cannot wait to actually use a recipe and try these, but what measurement are you using for your dry goods. When you say ‘2T’ ww flour…are you saying only 2 tablespoons?

    Im sorry if this is a weird question- I look forward in being able to try some of your recipes and get inspired even more! Thanks for all that you do! Happy Easter!

    -B

  15. Sharlee says:

    Katie, I love your blog! I’ve learned so much and I’ve been introduced to so many new things. I’ve transitioned into eating a much more balanced/healthy diet, so thank you! I do have a quick question. A lot of your recipes make really strong chocolate (not so much a milk chocolatey taste) while my husband prefers it, sometimes I’d like to have a little less bitter chocolate. Is adding more sweetener the only way to do this or is there another way. I know you’re busy, so thanks for taking the time to read this!

    1. I think it depends on the recipe! For things like the raw chocolate fudge cake or the 1-minute chocolate cake, adding more sweetener is definitely the way to go :).

      But if you have a different recipe in particular, let me know!

    2. I think it depends on the recipe! For things like the raw chocolate fudge cake or the 1-minute chocolate cake, adding more sweetener is definitely the way to go :).

      But if you have a different recipe in particular, let me know!

  16. Sharlee says:

    Katie, I love your blog! I’ve learned so much and I’ve been introduced to so many new things. I’ve transitioned into eating a much more balanced/healthy diet, so thank you! I do have a quick question. A lot of your recipes make really strong chocolate (not so much a milk chocolatey taste) while my husband prefers it, sometimes I’d like to have a little less bitter chocolate. Is adding more sweetener the only way to do this or is there another way. I know you’re busy, so thanks for taking the time to read this!

  17. Shannon says:

    you say you hate lifting weights? try bodyrock.tv for 12-18min body weight exercise routines that are always different and much less tedious than weight repetitions! its actually through a round about way how i found this blog and now am excited to test out some of these recipes on my boyfriend!

    1. Thanks! I will have to try it!

    2. Thanks! I will have to try it!

  18. Shannon says:

    you say you hate lifting weights? try bodyrock.tv for 12-18min body weight exercise routines that are always different and much less tedious than weight repetitions! its actually through a round about way how i found this blog and now am excited to test out some of these recipes on my boyfriend!

  19. Nykole says:

    In response to your weight-lifting question, have you ever tried kettlebells? They’re super fun and a great workout for both strength and cardio! The only thing is you should find a good class, and not do them on your own. I’ve been doing them for 3 years and every class is new and exciting!!

    1. I haven’t! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

      1. Eco Chic says:

        A great kettle bell workout website I have found is http://www.mikemahler.com/
        This website has many free kettle bell workouts and tips. I find kettle bell much more enjoyable then lifting ordinary weights. I love your blog and just recently found it. I am now addicted! Thank you so much for all of your time and great ideas that you put into making this website!

      2. Eco Chic says:

        A great kettle bell workout website I have found is http://www.mikemahler.com/
        This website has many free kettle bell workouts and tips. I find kettle bell much more enjoyable then lifting ordinary weights. I love your blog and just recently found it. I am now addicted! Thank you so much for all of your time and great ideas that you put into making this website!

    2. I haven’t! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

  20. Nykole says:

    In response to your weight-lifting question, have you ever tried kettlebells? They’re super fun and a great workout for both strength and cardio! The only thing is you should find a good class, and not do them on your own. I’ve been doing them for 3 years and every class is new and exciting!!