A love for food and blogging collided for 25-year-old Madison Mayberry, who discovered her love for recipe development and food photography as an intern at Better Homes and Gardens. Today Madison runs the successful food blog Espresso and Cream and plays food editor at Betty Crocker Kitchens. One visit to Madison’s blog and she had me at almond meal pancakes and whole wheat chocolate banana bread. Stop by and we think you’ll fall for Espresso and Cream, too.
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Madison about her blog, her approach to health and diet, and some of her favorite recipes to date. Here’s what she had to say.
How did you start your food blog?
I started my blog, Espresso and Cream, when I was an intern at Better Homes and Gardens magazine back in 2009. I was working on the food editorial team and wanted a creative outlet that allowed me to share the recipes I was working on and enjoying in my personal life, not just the things I was working on as part of the magazine staff.
How would you describe your approach to eating and health?
I try to focus on eating whole foods and meals that are packed with vegetables, whole grains and non-animal sources of protein. I eat a primarily vegetarian diet and try to eat fish or seafood two to three times a week. Additionally, I’m huge on eating healthy fats, like those found in nuts, avocados and olive oil.
Have you always had an interest in healthy food or did it come later in life?
My parents are both really into healthy living and exercise, so it came very natural for me to share those same interests. Going to the gym is a form of therapy for me and I truly love the way that eating healthy makes me feel.
What is your favorite food/ingredient to use in the kitchen?
My favorite foods always change. Lately: plain, organic whole milk yogurt, toasted sesame oil and natural peanut butter.
Has blogging changed the way you view food and cooking? If so, how?
Blogging has made me think about food as a source of community. The blog world is so focused on the relational element of cooking and preparing food, which I absolutely love. It’s a way of bringing people together and sharing an experience as much as it is about the food itself.
Favorite recipe to date?
My mom makes the most incredible salad – she has for years. It’s a chopped salad that has this amazing dressing made with poppy seed and balsamic. I made a version of it for fall called Autumn Chopped Salad. It’s become the most popular recipe on my site to date!
What are three recipes you’d like to share with our readers?
Madison is the 10th in a series of spotlights on healthy food bloggers. Be sure to check back next Sunday to meet another healthy food blogger in our midst.