Perhaps the most enjoyable part of writing this blog is learning about all the amazing people we have living in our small community. I stumbled upon the Floating Kitchen Instagram a few months ago, and didn’t realize that the talent behind the recipes and photographs is Newburyport-based Liz Harris. Seeing as we love to highlight local people, she seemed liked a perfect person to reach out to for a Q & A, and I was hopeful we might score a recipe or two!
ND: Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Liz Harris and I’m the recipe developer, photographer and creator of the blog, Floating Kitchen.
ND: How did you start blogging about food?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed cooking and sharing food with others. It’s something I’ve always taken great pleasure and pride in, but I had always considered it to be just a hobby. Then in 2012, I left my career as a research scientist without really knowing what would come next. Needing a job, I started working in a couple of restaurants as a cook. And around the same time, I started building my website. It’s been a great (and very interesting!) journey!
ND: Can you tell us what a typical day looks like?
My mornings are spent on my computer, getting my content out into the world and checking out what my blogging friends are creating and sharing that day. My afternoons are usually reserved for cooking and photography, trips to the grocery store and editing. At night is when I write. Social media is a very big part of my job, so I’m plugged in throughout most of the day, talking with readers, other food/lifestyle bloggers and clients.
ND: The photos you take are fantastic. What type of camera do you use?
Thank you! The photography is one of my favorite parts of this job. I’m completely self-taught. And it’s something I’m always looking to improve on, both technically and creatively. I have a Canon 6D and my go-to lens has a 24-70mm focal length.
ND: How do you find inspiration for your recipes?
The seasonal availability of produce is the main source of inspiration for my recipes. Cooking with what’s in season is great for your health, your wallet and the environment. So it’s something that I try to stick to whenever possible. I also get a lot of inspiration from other food bloggers. And from restaurants. Every time I go out to eat, I study the menu to see if there are any new-to-me flavor/ingredient combinations that I’d like to try and re-create at home.
ND: Are there any local places you shop at to source your foods?
I love going to Joppa Fine Foods here in Newburyport. They are a great source for specialty, high quality items. And I visit the Newburyport Farmers Market whenever I get the chance. My family also owns a farm, wholesale distribution business and hydroponic greenhouse in New Hampshire, called Donabedian Brothers, and I source a lot of the produce that I need from them.
Oh and Oldies is a great place to find photography props!
ND: Can you share a favorite dessert recipe?
Oh this is a tough question. I have a big sweet tooth, so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite! That being said, these Classic Whoopie Pies are hard to beat. And the public agrees! They are currently one of the most popular recipes on my site. I also have a thing for boozy frozen treats, like my Lavender and White Chocolate Boozy Milkshakes. It’s a unique flavor combination that’s perfect for summer!
ND: Our last and favorite question. What are you grateful for?
I’m so grateful for my family and friends. Changing careers can be a rather tough transition, but they have supported and encouraged me throughout the entire process. I’m grateful to be a part of such a vibrant and talented blogging community. And I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without my readers. It’s their continued visits, shares and interest in my site and recipes that has allowed me to make a career out of what I love to do!
Thank you Liz for taking the time to chat with us at the Newburyport Daytripper! Don’t forget to follow the Floating Kitchen on instagram here, and check out her recipe for Avocado Toast with Asparagus and Strawberries and Roasted Orange and Beet Salad (pictured above) on her blog.