Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Seven Sporadic Questions: A Duck In Her Pond

I let December slip by us with no Sporadic Questions.  No fear, I'm all geared up and ready to go with January's featured blogger...The Blond Duck (aka Miranda) of A Duck In Her Pond.

I'm sure most of you already know and love Miranda as the native Texan who weaves stories of whimsy and intrigue, and tempts your taste buds with all things bar-b-que and pie related.   So lets take a few minutes and get to know her better, shall we?

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I'd been reading blogs during my senior year of college and was fascinated by the culture. Being naive, I figured I'd start a blog and write my children's stories and be J. K.Rowling within the year with a million dollar book deal. HA! It wasn't until I found food bloggers that people actually began to visit me! The mom blogs, teacher blogs, writer bloggers....I think they thought I was a bit crazy. I can't imagine why....

2. What's your favorite thing to make for a crowd?

My King Ranch Chicken was a huge hit this Christmas (recipe coming soon...) I hosted my relatives from New Mexico and my parents and sister and they loved it and the tamales. Otherwise, I love to make cinnamon rolls and chicken enchiladas. . If I have a lot of time, I love to make a brisket  or cook hamburgers (aka make Ben do it.) 

Remember, there's no 
diets in the pond. 

3. What's your favorite thing to make for just you?

Fish Tacos.  BBQ chicken tacos, breakfast tacos with broiled cheese, chicken quesadillas 

 fish tacos

Are you sensing a theme?

I also love to make this really easy chicken pot pie with biscuits or I basically just heat up peas and carrots with cream of chicken soup, milk and shredded chicken and lots of thyme, onion powder and garlic powder and eat it with biscuits or rolls for a quick dinner or lunch. It's healthy and comforting without all the fat and time. I'm making my mother in law's chicken pot pie soon....the real version.

And pizza toast. I LOVE pizza toast.

And Waffles. Lots of waffles. 

My latest obsession is whole wheat with honey and peanut butter....though I have an oatmeal based one I will be trying and posting soon...

4. If you could invite 3 famous people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be? Any particular reason?

Madeline L'Engle, one of my favorite authors; my grandfather, because I miss him; and Ben, because he's my favorite.

5. When you think of your childhood, do any favorite dishes come to mind?

My mom's spaghetti and meatballs, and this fabulous chicken alfredo fettuccine she made. And her chicken fried steak and gravy and fried chicken and creamy rice...oh sweet wounded wuffles.

6. What do you have in your kitchen that you just couldn't do without? (besides your stove/oven of course)

My waffle iron and little grill. The Cuisinart griddler is indispensable.

7. What's your favorite part of blogging? Do you think you'll keep doing it for a while?
All my Invisible Friends, of course! I've been blogging for more than five years now....I can't stop! I have to write and share!

 I had an awesome time reading Miranda's answers, and hope you did too.  Right now, I have GOT to find a waffle! 


The Japanese Redneck said...

I luv reading Duckie's stories. She has a fantastic blog and I enjoy my daily visits to read her posts.

Catherine said...

Thanks for sharing with us Julie. I love learning about my fellow blog friends!
Miranda just has such a lovely site.
Happy New Year!

The Blonde Duck said...

Julie, you're so sweet! I'm putting a link up now!

UrMomCooks said...

What a fun post! I love reading about how and why other folks started blogging! Happy New Year and Happy Cooking in 2011!

teresa said...

oh how fun! i didn't even know her name was miranda until now, good to get to know you better!

Faith said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Julie! Miranda is such a sweetheart and such a talented writer, it was fun to get to know more about her!

Marjie said...

I love Duckie, too! she actually interviewed me once, although I can't imagine why! Her stories are a bright spot in my day.

The Blonde Duck said...

I forgot to thank you for the sweet words on my confession post. :)

Natasha said...

Yay!! Duckie, you've made it!! I seriously believe in no diets in the pond, and Madeleine L'Engle is one of my favorite authors, too. SQUEE!! I still believe you're going to kick J.K Rowling's butt, though. Just wait and see!

Reeni said...

I adore Miranda! She's so talented and sweet! I didn't know she had been blogging for five years. I've been following her for the last two and hopefully many many more!

Monet said...

Oh this is great! I haven't been introduced to this lovely lady before, but after reading her responses...I can't wait to explore her sight! I love waffles too, and I don't make them nearly enough. Maybe breakfast tomorrow? Thanks for sharing!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

And suddenly I am STARVING!! Still smiling at your soup comment today LOL!! Have a great weekend - it's almost here.

Pam said...

Thanks for sharing! It's always great to learn something new about our blogger friends and Miranda is one of the best.

Anonymous said...

Loved reading this, a big fan of the Blond Duck blog & her stories :)

theUngourmet said...

I stumbled onto Miranda's blog soon after I started my blog. She is so much fun, such a sweetheart and a wonderful and talented writer. It was so much fun getting to know her a little better. :)

Val said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about you!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.