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A Latte with Ott, A is an Indiana blog that chronicles the life of two newlyweds. But more than that, you can learn how to can food and read all about the search for the best breaded pork tenderloin sandwich in the state of Indiana!
I can say with confidence that Ott, A (and all of you, dear readers) certainly need to check out Dick and Judy’s Restaurant in Jamestown, Indiana. That breaded pork tenderloin was a thing of beauty!
Indiana Blogs: A Latte With Ott, A
Why did you start A Latte with Ott, A?
I started blogging after the urging of some co-workers. I enjoyed scrapbooking and viewed blogging as a virtual scrapbook and a way for our family from all over the country to keep up with what we were doing.
With time I started to share recipes and garden tips, pictures that my husband takes, home décor, travel and anything else I can think of to share. It’s been over a year now and since I am a coffee addict I tend to write my blog posts in a conversational style like if we sat down and had coffee together… or a Latte’.
What are three of your most favorite posts.
Well I’m a newlywed so I share lots of cute stories about newlywed life with Ott, E (my husband) so I would be remise if I didn’t share one of our many snippets of miscommunication. For Easter last year he told me his mother used to bake a cake in the shape of bunny, so I did my best to replicate that tradition for him in our home and you can see how that turned out.
I love shoes! I love shopping for shoes! I love wearing shoes! And most of my shoes have a story behind them so here is a fun read (along with pictures) about some of my favorite shoes.
My family has a farm in north central Indiana and I enjoy showing pictures of our sheep (baby lambs are the cutest) and explaining some farming practices as this gives my readers a behind the scenes look at what really happens on a farm.
What keeps you ready and raring to post? Why do you blog?
I like sharing what I know with others; whether that’s a detailed explanation about production agriculture or a new recipe I just tried in my Red Kitchen.
I love to get comments from readers asking me more questions or telling me they just tried one of my recipes. I also enjoy learning from others so I follow lots of other blogs with similar topics that interest me. It’s been a great way to meet people and interact with them about our common hobbies and has become somewhat of a hobby in itself.
What is this about your quest to find the best Indiana pork tenderloin sandwich? How did that begin?
I have lived in Indiana all my life and never knew until a couple of years ago that breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches were somewhat of an Indiana thing. My husband is from Wisconsin, so I’m always looking for ways to convert him into a full fledge Hoosier.
We were at a local, mom and pop, style of restaurant around Christmas time and talking about how different breaded tenderloins were made from restaurant to restaurant as we had found them to vary in size, thickness, taste, breading, etc. I joked that we should become Tenderloin Connoisseurs and travel the state in search of the best one. My husband chimed right in saying that trying all these breaded tenderloins around the state could be our New Years Resolution. (I mean if your trying to be healthy it only lasts a month or two, but trying to eat unhealthy… now that could last all year.)
Random weekends ,when we don’t have a lot going on, we drive to small town, eat at the local diner, order their breaded tenderloin and then blog about what we thought of it. It’s been a fun and tasty activity!
You garden, you craft, you cook–if you could choose only one of these things, what would it be and why?
That’s a tough one, but I like to eat way to much to give up cooking so I would have to go with that. I enjoy cooking with what we raise in our garden or the family grows on the farm.
Anything else you want little Indiana readers to know about you and/or your blog?
I am an avid canner. I can everything we can’t eat out of our garden during the growing season so we can enjoy it the rest of the year. Green Beans, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Fruits, Jams, Pie fillings, Salsas you name it. If I grow it, I try to preserve it.
I have some great How-To Guides listed on my site giving step by step instructions so if anyone is interested in canning they can come get some encouragement on how to do it for themselves.
During the week of August 22 – 26th I’ll be co-hosting Canning Week 2011 and each day that week we will post recipes, tips and more how-to-can guides and have some giveaways along the way. It should be a lot of fun and get you everything you need to can on your own!
She gardens, she cooks, she cans. If she doesn’t take the mystery out of canning and inspire you to get in the kitchen and try your hand at it…I don’t know what does! A big little Indiana thank you to Ott, A for dropping by today.
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