10 Questions with the Blogger Behind An Edible Mosaic

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10 Questions with the Blogger Behind An Edible Mosaic

Faith Gorsky, author of the blog An Edible Mosaic, makes it all, from a simple open-faced omelet to a complex and unique pistachio-chai muffin.

How did you get your start blogging?

I started my blog the day after Mother’s Day in 2009 to share the Mother’s Day meal that my family and I made for my mom. I wanted to show that someone like me – who is just a regular home cook with a passion for good food – can make a special meal to share with loved ones.

Pictured Recipe: Pistachio and Rosemary White Pizza

What was your inspiration behind your blog’s name?

My blog is a pretty eclectic mix of recipes. I have updated American classics, international favorites, and fusion dishes of my own creating, all woven together with the common thread of enjoying what’s in season. It is literally an edible mosaic.

Pictured Recipe: Indian-Spiced Roasted Potatoes

What’s been the most challenging part of being a blogger?

Finding balance between working on your blog and all the other projects and freelance jobs you have going on. Also, because you’re working from home, being careful to not let work take over your life. Balance is crucial.

Pictured Recipe: Open-Face Omelet

What’s been the most rewarding part?

Having someone tell me that they made one of my recipes and it was a huge hit in their home. It’s a complete honor for me.

Pictured Recipe: Roasted Veggie Potato Salad

Describe your personal cooking style.

My cooking style really depends on my mood. Sometimes I like to take a single, perfect ingredient and let it shine with just the simplest of adornments and flavor embellishments. For example, a roast chicken seasoned only with sea salt, black pepper, and thyme. Other times I like the deep, complex flavor profile of something like a Moroccan tagine. I also like to recreate memories of people and places with my meals.

Pictured Recipe: Vanilla-Ricotta Stuffed Crepes with Orange-Maple-Walnut Syrup

Where do you find inspiration?

I get inspiration for my dishes from anywhere and everywhere, including a trip to the market, a story from a book, a pretty serving platter, a childhood memory, or even a dream.

Pictured Recipe: Healthy Peanut Butter, Banana, & Honey Milkshake

What is your favorite ingredient to work with?

Sea salt. It enhances the flavor of almost anything in a way that nothing else can.

Pictured Recipe: Pardina Lentil, Green Apple and Kale Salad

Who are your cooking icons?

The two people who have touched my life the most when it comes to food are my mom, with her simple, classic, comforting home-cooked American Sunday supper-style meals, and my mother-in-law, who added Middle Eastern spice in every way imaginable to my culinary life.

Pictured Recipe: Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

What is the best piece of cooking advice you’ve been given and who did it come from?

“If you can read, you can cook.” I was about 15 and my Uncle Mark was asking me if I knew how to cook. I sort-of shrugged, saying something like “I’d like to know how to cook.” He looked me square in the eyes and that was his response. I’ve never forgotten it.

Pictured Recipe: Pistachio-Chai Muffins

Any future plans for your blog? How do you see it expanding in the next few years?

With our recent move to Kuwait, my husband and I plan to be here for at least a year or two and I was thinking to take that opportunity to immerse myself in local culture and cuisine and work on another project…maybe a second Middle Eastern cookbook? I definitely want to share more of the culture on my blog. I have a few ideas that I’m tossing around, and they are much different from my first cookbook (An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair; Tuttle Publishing; November 2012). I’m excited to see how it plays out!

Pictured Recipe: Breakfast Tostada

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Faith Gorsky, author of the blog An Edible Mosaic, makes it all, from a simple open-faced omelet to a complex and unique pistachio-chai muffin. On her site, she explains, "This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home."

Check out the slideshow above for more on the inspired blogger and for 10 recipes we love from the blog.

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