|Name: Rachel Rappaport
Name of blog: Coconut & Lime
Location: Baltimore, MD
Year blog founded: 2004
What was the inspiration for the name of your blog?
What is your all-time favorite recipe from your blog?
What is the first meal you ever cooked?
I remember ordering Strawberry Shortcake’s Cooking Fun cookbook from the Scholastic book club when I was in kindergarten so my interest in food must have started pretty early. I remember reading it cover to cover as if it was a novel over and over again. I definitely made the pinwheel sandwiches from that book. Does that count?
If you had to blog about one ingredient every day for a year, what food it be?
Ginger. It is used in a lot of different cuisines and can be used in sweet and savory foods.
I will never eat:
Ketchup, cantaloupe or pumpkin pie. I don’t even like to be in the same room as those foods. The odor they give off is oppressive. Luckily they are easy to avoid!
What is your favorite restaurant and what do you order there?
Blue Hill Tavern, Hamilton Tavern and Woodberry Kitchen all use a lot of local ingredients in interesting ways and have rotating seasonal menus. I love eating food that is in season. Also, I nearly always order oysters and deviled eggs if they are on the menu. I can’t resist.
What other blogs, food or otherwise, do you read regularly?
I love Food In Jars because I’ve become obsessed with canning over the past year and I love what she makes. Just Jenn is always posting fun crafts and food projects. Murder by Gaslight is always interesting and I love that I live in a world where a frequently updated blog about 19th century murders exists.
When you’re not blogging about food or cooking, what other activities do you do?
It seems like if I am not blogging about food or cooking, I am actually cooking. Or washing dishes. Beyond that, I read a lot and watch a ton of movies. I also like to go to regional food festivals and travel as much as possible.
Is there a food you used to hate, but now love?
I don’t think so but many of the foods I love now (sushi, capers, avocados, mangos) were not foods I was exposed to growing up.
If you were trapped on a desert island with only five ingredients, what would you pick?
Mangos, rice, avocados, onions and garlic. Hopefully I will be able to catch some fish.
What is your current food fix?
Lately I’ve been loving Yum Woon Sen. I recently rediscovered a take-out Thai place in my neighborhood and may or may not have ordered it twice in three days.