Name: Colette Zabo
Blog Name: Coco in the Kitchen
Blog Address: http://www.cocointhekitchen.com
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Share your brief bio:
I’m Armenian, born in Iran, raised in the States, addicted to shoes and chocolate.
Tell us a little about your family.
I come from a close-knit, Armenian family.
My parents are hip-cool cosmopolitans.
They both love to cook. Mom makes lip-smackin’ Persian/Armenian dishes with an Indian touch. Dad’s more of the classic French chef: Keep it simple, always use butter.
They also have creative hobbies (Native American beadwork, knitting, crocheting, etc).
My Aussie husband is an avid mountain-bike racer and can build anything, from a rocking chair to a diamond-platinum engagement ring. Our li’l Daisy is the best gift we ever gave to each other.
We love entertaining and often have movie-nights with my sister, niece, nephew and neighbours.
How do you prioritize time between your family and your blog?
Family comes first. That’s why my posts are published at odd hours
in the middle of the night, when most people are asleep!
How do you relax?
Eating a Haagen-Dazs bar while watching Duck Dynasty.
That makes me a classy redneck, right?
When did you start your blog?
I really started concentrating on my blog a couple of years ago, while
on maternity leave with Daisy, my cute li’l culinary consultant. Now 2, she’s old enough to bake with me.
Why did you start blogging?
Food brings people together.
Cooking is always on my mind. I found a foodie community online
and wanted to join the fun.
How did you choose your blog name?
Coco is a nickname that my grandmother gave me
and the kitchen is my favourite room.
What keeps you motivated and inspired to blog?
When I discover an exciting new flavor or a craft project, I want to share it with other people. What’s the point of having something great if you have no one to share it with?
Where do you see your blog and yourself in 5 years?
Maybe my dream of having a small café will come true.
Biggest life lesson learned since blogging?
Having a creative outlet that inspires others makes even the most ordinary day rewarding.
What is your secret to success?
Sharing real thoughts.
Plus I’m a pathetic liar.
What do you wish someone would have told you when you first started blogging?
Get a decent camera.
All bloggers encounter writer’s block. How do you get past this?
I sleep on it. Then wake up at an ungodly hour (like 2am) and write like mad!
What has been your sweetest success story?
My daughter, Daisy.
What has been your most popular posts?
Right now, Chocolate “Acorn” Cupcakes:
Who are some of your favorite California bloggers that inspire you and that you enjoy reading?
Valentina @ http://cookingontheweekends.com/ Her recipes are so farm-fresh and delicious.
How long have you lived in California?
Most of my life.
Where is your favorite relaxation location in California?
Cambria. There’s nothing to do there but eat, shop and relax.
Do you belong to any other social media networks to promote your blog?
Twitter and Facebook have helped me gather readers and announce new posts, etc.
Have you attended any social media conferences? If so, which ones?
Haven’t been to any yet. Would love to go.
Share your favorite quote or inspirational thought:
If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. ~ Julia Child
That always cracks me up!
Tell us something that most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I love Cheetos and M&Ms, together.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’m happy to have found a California Mom-Blogger community
and hope you’ll find my rants and recipes interesting.
Do you send out a monthly newsletter? How can we get on your mailing list if we are interested in more information?
Feedburner distributes my new posts via email, http://feeds.feedburner.com/cocointhekitchen.
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