Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
If you don’t see the answer to something you are wondering about, feel free to email us!
Q: One of you lives in Boise, Idaho and the other is in central Louisiana? So how do you know each other?
A: It’s a fun story! Click on our About Us page to read all about it.
Q: Where do you get recipe ideas from? Are all of the recipes on this site yours?
A: We both get inspiration in a lot of different places. Sometimes it’s from eating at a restaurant and trying to create the same idea at home. Sometimes it’s taking something we know and love and giving it a fresh new twist, and often it’s simply because we threw together things we had on hand and it turned out great! Many of the recipes on this site are our own creations, and others we share from our favorite cook books, friends, and food blogs. We make a conscious effort to always include credit where credit is due and we expect others to do the same for us.
Q: What kind of camera equipment do you use?
A: Since starting this blog a few years ago, we have both been through a few cameras, so you will see a variety of photo styles in our posts. Currently Sara uses a Canon EOS 40D 50mm 1.8 lens. She also loves her Tamron 17-50mm lens. Kate used to use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22, but starting April 2011, she began using a Canon Rebel T1i and she loves her 50 mm lens. We both use natural light when possible, but we love our Lowell Ego lights when natural light isn’t available.
Q: I’d like to post one of your recipes on my blog, is that okay? Can I use your photographs?
A: We’re always thrilled when people like our recipes enough to share them! If possible, we prefer that you take your own photographs, but if needed, you are welcome to use ours as long as our site is clearly linked and your blog post states that the photograph came from our site. We don’t mind if you share our recipes, but we do require that you clearly link back to us.
Q: I’d like to buy your cook book, where can I find it?
A: Our book is available online and in-store at all Deseret Book Stores. You can also find it at selected Costco, Sam’s Club, and Walmart stores, as well as on-line at Amazon and both on-line and in-store at Barnes and Noble. You can always request it at your favorite bookstore as well.
Q: There’s something wrong with my book. Or my book hasn’t arrived yet. Can you fix it?
A. Contact the store/person/vendor that you bought the book from–I promise, they’ll be more helpful than we can possibly be.
Q: Are you both Mormon? What does that mean?
A: Yes! We are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormon). Our faith plays a big role in who we are and the values that are important to us. We believe in God, we value family, and we have faith in the goodness we see in the world around us. You can learn more about our faith-based beliefs here.
Q: Sara often references Brazil, what is her connection to that country?
A: Sara lived in Curitiba, Brasil for 18 months while serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She speaks Portuguese, and fell in love with both the people and the food during her time there. You can find some of her Brazilian-inspired recipes here.
Q: Do you have a recipe for Red Velvet Cake? Or macaroni and cheese?
A. Those are our two most requested recipes and unfortunately, we’re still on the hunt for recipes that are Our Best Bites-worthy!
Q. When a recipe calls for butter, do you use salted or unsalted?
A. Both of us use salted most of the time. In a lot of recipes, particularly baked treats, you can omit or decrease the salt if you use salted butter.
Q. What do T and t mean?
A. T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon.
Q: What’s a cube of butter?
A. We’ve decided this must be largely a regional thing, but it’s just a stick or 1/2 cup of butter.
Q: I friended your personal Facebook account and you left me hanging. What’s up with that?
A. One of the trickiest things about blogging is maintaining the boundaries of our personal and blogging lives. While some bloggers personal Facebook feeds are largely an extension of their blogs, both of us rarely talk Our Best Bites on our personal Facebook accounts, which makes them, well, personal. If we become friends with readers in real life (or through emailing back and forth), we’re more than happy to accept their Facebook friend requests.
Q: Can you tell me the nutritional information for your recipes?
A: While we do post a lot of treats, we both try to be mindful of our health as well as our families’ health. Many of our main dish recipes are actually pretty healthy or can be adapted to be more healthy. Unless it’s something like the Baked Brie–there’s no hope for that fat-filled puppy!
As far as nutritional information goes, we have posted it from time to time. However, we just can’t accommodate every nutritional request–some people want Weight Watchers points, some people want to know the carbs or protein, some people want fat and calories, and some people don’t want any of it. While we do care about healthy recipes, we are primarily a food and cooking blog, not a nutrition blog, and we have found that including the nutritional information not only took up a great deal of time on our end, but it also led to a lot of angry emails.