Who’s blogging: I’m Luisana Suegart, a 20-something young professional who fell in love with cooking almost by accident (although I wouldn’t have it any other way). It happened during my junior year in college while I was figuring out how to get healthy (in other words, take off the extra weight that had been driving me up the wall since middle school). It’s been a hugely rewarding part of my life ever since for so many reasons, and I enjoy doing it as much just for myself as I do for my family and friends.
Explain your blog name: The Fit Cook; it started off as a place to share the healthy recipes I came up with while learning my way around the kitchen. It wasn’t until I attended a casting for “The Next Food Network Star” last year (I made it to round three!) that I zeroed in on my “culinary point of view” and realized it’s so much more than that. It’s really about food that “fits” real life. What does that mean? First things first, it’s darn delicious, because life is too short to eat food that is not. Not only that, my recipes are fresh, they come together fast and are made with few ingredients that are reasonably inexpensive and accessible. It’s the kind of food any modern gal or dude wants to whip up in his or her home kitchen, whether for a party of five or a party of one. At this point, the fact that my recipes are healthy is just the frosting on the cake.
Blogging since: 2010
Blogging from: My tiny apartment in Downtown Miami; the kitchen takes up almost half of the space, and it’s totally what sold me.
Most popular post: People are really loving my Quinoa Sesame Stir Fry; I think it’s a pretty good example of how I use just a handful of ingredients and play with flavor combinations to recreate foods you would think you can only get at your go-to, take-out spot. Not so!
What you’ve learned about food while blogging: When it comes to cooking, it has nothing to do with complicated, and everything to do with keeping it simple. Less is more. You can do this with almost any dish, recreating it to fit you. Yes, even the arroz con pollo that your abuela spent hours making; my version of that is Couscous con Pollo, which I developed for IMUSA while doing some spokesperson work for the company. When it comes to food in general, whether you grow it, cook it or make it your mission to try every fancy and/or hole-in-the-wall restaurant in town, I’ve realized that a passion for it is a bond we all share, and what a fun, awesome bond it is.
Where do you get inspiration for your posts? I travel a lot for work and find myself wanting to recreate many of the dishes that I try abroad at home, such as the Lime Soup I had in Cancun earlier this year. I’m also very inspired by the foods I grew up eating as a Latina from Venezuela. Maduros (when I was little, I used to stand dangerously close to the frying pan while my mom made her thin tajadas; I was so anxious for them to turn golden, because that always meant dinner was ready), arepas, cachapas — you know name it! I look for ways to make them at home and my own.
What you’ve learned from blogging: As the saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.” When it comes to blogging, if you have a passion for it, they will follow. It’s all about being down to earth, relatable, and most importantly, owning it. It’s still pretty surreal to receive notes almost on a daily basis from readers who either want my advice, are complimenting my recipes or just want to tell me that my blog has made a some kind of positive difference in their lives. As much as I’ve dreamed of culinary school, the effort and energy that I put into cooking and blogging the outcome comes from me loving and believing in what I’m doing.
Where else can we find you online? You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with my recipes, travels and upcoming projects, such as the e-cooking show I’m going to launch, the e-cookbook I’m finally going to write, and the Spanish counterpart to all of it. Hold me accountable!
What are your favorite food blogs? The Latin Kitchen is one of my favorites.