Interview with Cameron from The Freckled Foodie
Tell us about yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, where do you work?
Hey everyone! I’m Cameron Rogers, but most people on here may know me better as Freckled Foodie. I grew up in Princeton, NJ, but after graduating from Lafayette College I moved to NYC and have been here for the past 6 years. After spending the beginning of my career in Sales & Trading at JP Morgan, I’m proud to say I now work for myself. It’s been just over a year and has definitely been the hardest work I’ve ever done while also being the most rewarding. Within Freckled Foodie I create content for my Instagram, blog, and youtube page, run a health coaching practice, and, as of late, host my own podcast, Freckled Foodie & Friends. I love to experiment in the kitchen whipping up healthy, delicious, and easy meals, spend time with my friends and family, get down to the shore as often as possible during the summer, spend my free weekends exploring and traveling, and trying out the many restaurants NYC has to offer.
Share your approach to food with us: what do you like to cook? Why?
I love to cook whole foods in their truest form. I am not one to create or follow very difficult recipes that include a large amount of steps; cooking should be fun! Taking 2 hours to make something with an incredibly long list of ingredients only to then eat it in 15 minutes is not what I consider fun. I try to find ingredients that are in season, limit the amount of packaged and processed goods, and mix delicious fruits & vegetables with a hearty grain and organic protein. Cooking with ingredients that don’t include labels not only guarantee the most flavor, but also assures me that I know what is going into my body
Describe your food personality in 5-7 words:
Self-trained chef exploring her kitchen
What are your 3-5 favorite recipes? Why? Tell us about them!
This is like asking someone to choose his or her favorite child; it’s near impossible! However, here are some of my recipes that I currently am loving:
- July 4th BBQ: Mixed Skewers & a Grilled Watermelon Salad: I’ve lately been on a serious grilling kick and I am trying to encourage everyone around me to hop on board. Too often I hear people are intimidated by the grill, especially females, and I’m on a mission to change that with my #girlswhogrill movement. This recipe combines some of my favorite grilled pieces and is the perfect summertime spread
- The Simplest Chia Pudding: I am all about efficiency and easy recipes and this is the quickest one I have on my site. It is a serious weekday staple in our household and is super quick, healthy, delicious, and versatile. The best friend for your meal prep sessions.
- Greek Lamb Tacos: I am obsessed with all things Greek food lately. My husband, Joe, and I also have a very serious taco Tuesday tradition (#FFTacoTuesday anyone!?). This combines my top two current loves and is loaded with flavor.
What’s your favorite thing about Want the Recipe?
I love that it is making home cooking approachable and accessible!
What food can you not live without?
Avocado, sweet potatoes, and dark chocolate. Three incredibly “basic” ingredients, but ones I have 1-3 times a day. I can’t help it, I love them so much!
What kitchen appliance do you swear by?
My vitamix blender is an everyday staple in our apartment but I also really love our toaster oven and our tea kettle (seems simple, but I use it every morning for my warm water with lemon and every night for my tea)
What are your favorite blogs/ Instagram accounts that you follow? What do you like about them?
I love that I have become so close with a lot of my friends on these platforms. I love @erinliveswhole and @rachlmansfield for decadent and delicious dessert recipes and @eatwellwithsari, @_littlemissfoodie, @eatingwith_em, and @wiz_kaleifa for quick & easy meals.
Do you have any advice for our food community?
Find your voice and stay true to it. There are a ton of food instagrams and blogs out there, but that shouldn’t deter you from starting your own. Instead, make sure you are finding a way to separate yourself. Just because Friends was such a success doesn’t mean people should start making new sitcoms, they just have to be different. I will happily watch another new show, like The Office, but I wouldn’t spend time watching another one trying to be just like Friends because nothing will compare to that original.
Do you have a favorite kitchen hack/ trick?
My freezer is my best friend. Don’t be a afraid of it, use it as your safety net! Whenever I am making a recipe, I assess whether it’s something I’m able to freeze and, if so, double the recipe to pop in there for a future rescue meal.
What’s your Instagram handle, blog link, any other social media or accounts you’d like us to share!
my podcast, Freckled Foodie & Friends