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{a day in the life} Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

Today’s “a day in the life” is Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. I’ve followed Tracey’s blog for a long time and I’m always blown away by her consistency in posting fabulous recipes with impeccable photographs. You must check it out!

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Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.

I was born and raised in Rhode Island (though I’ve also lived in Nashville and Boston), and currently live in the northeastern corner of this tiny state with my husband Shane. I love traveling and could watch sports 24 hours/day (hockey, football, and gymnastics are my top 3).

I started blogging in December of 2007. I’d just left my full time position as an attorney and suddenly found myself with more time. I had absolutely no experience with cooking or baking, but had been reading food blogs for a while and was inspired to get in my kitchen and figure it out.

Take me through your day.

I’m an attorney but I only do work on a contract basis so my schedule varies.

Work Days

• 5:45 am: Alarm goes off, hit snooze once or twice.
• 6:00 am: Get up, get ready for work and spend a few minutes on Twitter/reading friends’ posts.
• 6:45-7:10 am: Grab breakfast and head out the door. Drive to commuter rail station.
• 7:10-9:00 am: Commute to work (what I’m doing depends on the day – if I don’t have work that has to get done, I read a book, write blog posts or continue to make my way through my Google Reader.)
• 9:00 am-5:00 pm: Work
• 5:00-7:00 pm: Commute home (I try to leave at 5 so I can get home at a reasonable hour, but I almost always work on the train on the way home.)
• 7:00-8:00 pm: Cook/eat dinner with Shane
• 8:00-11:00 pm: Work, or if things are slow, catch up on the DVR and/or cook/photograph recipes and take care of related blog tasks
• 11:00 pm-12:30 am: Unwind (usually in front of the tv) while editing photos and writing posts
• 12:30 am: Bed (sometimes it’s earlier, sometimes later but I try to get at least 5 hours)

Days I’m Off

• 7:00 am: Alarm goes off, hit snooze a few times
• 7:15-11:30 am: Get up, grab breakfast and take a seat in front of the computer. If I haven’t already done it, I’ll write that day’s blog post. Otherwise, I start commenting and hanging out on Twitter. The rest of the morning varies – sometimes I’m out running errands or doing chores around the house and other times I’m cooking/baking.
• 11:30 am-1:30 pm: Lunch, work out (I’m hooked on Insanity right now), and finally shower for the day
• 1:30-5:00 pm: Back to work – same as the morning, some combination of testing recipes and other miscellaneous blog-related tasks.
• 5:00-7:30 pm: Make and eat dinner with Shane. Try to spend some quality time together (in other words, sitting in the same room without our faces buried in our computers.)
• 7:30-10:30 pm: Photograph any recipes I’ve made that day or the day before. I actually take a huge majority of my photos after it gets dark using an external flash for my camera. Edit photos, finish commenting on blogs, and start working on the next day’s blog post.
• 10:30 pm-12:30 am: Clean the kitchen – between dinner and whatever I’ve made that day it’s usually a disaster. Read a book or catch up on the DVR. If I’m watching tv I’m usually on the computer too.
• Sometime around 1 am: bed. I’m a total night owl!

What is your one must-have kitchen tool or gadget?

While my KitchenAid mixer is a close second, my number one must-have is my chef’s knife. It’s the one thing I miss more than any other when I’m working in someone else’s kitchen.

What is the most important part of your day? Why?

Probably my workout. It gives me a chance to clear my head, and even though I often dread it I always feel better afterward.

What is your LEAST favorite part of the day? Why?

Cleaning up whatever mess I’ve made in the kitchen that day, especially washing the dishes!

If you could choose one room in your house to remodel (on an unlimited budget!) which room would it be and why?

Definitely the kitchen! I spend more time here than anywhere else in the house so it only make sense. It’s one of the biggest rooms in the house so there’s tons of potential, I just need the $$ to make it happen :)

If you had to choose one place to travel to every year over and over, where would it be? Why? Have you been there before?

We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and it was pretty fantastic. I wouldn’t mind escaping the cold and snow of New England every winter to head there!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go and how long would you stay?

I think it would be a ton of fun to do a few weeks, or even a month, traveling, and of course eating my way through, Europe. Norway is the only country I’ve visited in Europe and I’d love to see Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, and so many more.

What is your favorite cookbook?

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook. I am a huge fan of all things Cook’s Illustrated – I love their methodical, scientific approach to recipe testing and the fact that their recipes always work!

What recipe on your blog do your readers seem to love most?

The garlic-rubbed grilled cheese with bacon and tomatoes and homemade croissants have both been very popular.

What have you learned since you began blogging?

Sort of random, but just how much I love photography. Aside from eating the food, taking the pictures is by far my favorite part of keeping up my blog.

What have you found to be the most challenging part of blogging?

Feeling like I always need to be connected, even at night and on the weekend.

Who would you like to see featured here in the future?

Cassie from Bake Your Day
Audra from The Baker Chick
Shawnda from Confections of a Foodie Bride

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Thanks Tracey! 

You can also find Tracey on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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16 Responses to “{a day in the life} Tracey’s Culinary Adventures”

  1. Cassie — January 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Great interview, ladies! I have just “met” Tracey in the last year but quickly fell in love with her blog. Beautiful kitchen and CI is my favorite cook book too! So fun to learn more about you, Tracey!

  2. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

    That sandwich looks incredible!! I’m off to subscribe :)

  3. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Great interview! The Cooks Illustrated Cookbook is my all-time fav too! :)

  4. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

    You are a rock star to stay up until 12:30 am and then have your alarm go off at 5:45. I thought waking up at 6:30 was bad. Also, I have never tried insanity but I love p90x so I’ve been told I would like that one as well.

  5. Tracey — January 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Thanks so much for featuring me today Rachel! :)

  6. Bree {Skinny Mommy} — January 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Another great interview Rachel!

  7. natalie@thesweetslife — January 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    i absolutely love Tracey and it was so fun to get a deeper peek into her life! :)

  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Tracey is one of my favorites – she always has great recipes! I couldn’t live on 5 hours of sleep though :)

  9. Kara D — January 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    It was fun to read about Tracey’s days – I love her blog! I can’t believe five hours of sleep is her target – that is crazy. :) I sadly need about eight.

  10. Laura — January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Wait a minute – how did I miss the post on the bacon and tomato grilled cheese? Tracey’s blog is one of my favorites!

  11. Tara @ Ch ip Chip Hooray — January 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    This was so great! I too am a lover of Tracey’s blog. Though I’ve gotta agree with other commenters…I might keel over and die if I didn’t get my 8 hours of sleep. :)

  12. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 23, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Tracey has a great blog. I can’t imagine going on 5 hours of sleep. I need 8, sometimes even more!

  13. Audra@The-Baker-Chick — January 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Aw- what a wonderful interview about Tracey! I adore her and her blog and it’s always so nice to get to know someone a little more! I can’t wait to stay tuned with this series!!

  14. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 24, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Tracey is so talented and I am always wanting to eat everything she cooks! Another great interview!

  15. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious — February 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I love Tracey – and she’s got the most delicious recipes on her blog, and she’s just the sweetest! :)

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