Beth “Binky” Neels, grows much of the vegetables she cooks. Beth also fishes and supports her husband and two sons who hunt. Beth uses these skills to bring delicious fun recipes to her food blog – Binky’s Culinary Carnival.
Nicknamed by her older brother before she could walk and, a few moons later, still called “Binky” for better or for worse, Beth “Binky” Neels loves to cook. Any kind of cooking! From baking to canning to back yard parties, you name it! She styled her blog a Carnival because the name reflects an appropriate conglomeration of treats.
Beth received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in ornamental horticulture and she uses her knowledge of plants to grow a plethora of great fruits and vegetables. She starts her plants in January and February so that by planting time in May, she has huge plants that produce fruits within their first month in the ground. This gives her a tremendous jump on the season, which you can see for yourself in her blog’s “Farm To Table” section.
Beth’s “boys” – her husband and 2 sons – love to hunt and the whole family loves to fish. (Beth can out fish the guys on a good day! ) Beth devotes an entire section of her blog to “Field To Table” recipes that are made with the fresh ingredients for which the family hunts and fishes.
Beth answers the age old question, “What’s for dinner?” with unique and fresh recipes, many of them old favorites with a healthier spin and lots of them Beth’s original creations.
Beth Neels Show Notes
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What did you do before you became a food blogger?
Why did you pick horticulture?
What’s your favorite thing to grow?
Why did you start blogging?
When did you start it?
How did you pick the name of your food blog?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
How many do you publish now a week?
How many drafts do you have in place to be published right now?
Even when it’s scheduled, do you take one more look at the post or do you trust it’s right?
So you don’t mind that it goes to the front of your site?
Once you started, how long did it take you to start making money?
Do you have anybody that helps you with your company?
How many iterations of the website have you had?
From start to finish, how long does it take to photograph a recipe?
Can you photograph in your kitchen?
Do you use natural light as opposed to artificial?
What is the best thing you’ve done for your blog?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
What do you use for backgrounds?
Is there any advice that someone who knows blogging gave you that you wish you had heeded?
What is your most popular post?
What is the most surprising thing you have found since you started blogging?
What is your biggest food failure?
What camera do you have?
What about your favorite lens?
What is your favorite cuisine?