Craving an food-filled trip to Latin America? Look no further than “Mi Diario de Cocina,” a blog by Chilean foodie Carolina Rojas. She offers up variety of traditional Chilean recipes on her site, like the Turrón de Vino pictured here. (Photo/Courtesy Carolina Rojas)

Food blogs we love: Mi Diario de Cocina

Who’s blogging: My name is Carolina Rojas, and I was born in Valparaiso, Chile. I studied Hotel Management with a mention in Gastronomical Services, and I’ve been living in Atlanta for a few years already along with my husband and our little son. I’ve always had an interest in food, and about discovering and learning new preparations. I recognize that my main strength is in the area of pastries, a passion I inherited from my mother. I love that through fine cooking good conversations may occur, achieving sharing and enjoyment with friends and family.

Explain your blog name: The name Mi Diario de Cocina reflects what I do on a daily basis in my kitchen, as well as what anyone can achieve to do. With that I attempt to inspire people who are just getting started with cooking, as well as for those who from time to time venture into it. If we are inspired by cooking, we can create a greater variety of what foods to prepare every day (and not just stick to the same dishes over and over again!). Even though my blog is in Spanish, I have a tool on the right-hand side of the page that allows to nicely translating it into English and several other languages.

Blogging since:  I have to mention that I’m one of the first cooking bloggers from my home country, as I started in the year 2006 when the cooking-blog boom hadn’t yet hit. It was during that time that I felt the need to begin collecting my recipes into one single place with the purpose of sharing them with the family and friends that I left behind in Chile, who always asked about my recipes. Over the years, I’ve experienced a huge increase in followers from Chile and from other countries, who have stimulated in me the desire to keep going with this project.

Blogging from: I blog from my home in Atlanta, GA. I also occasionally blog from Chile when I’m able to visit.

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Carolina Rojas makes classic Chilean recipes new, with her use of modern technique and easy-to-follow recipes. (Photo/Courtesy Carolina Rojas)

Most popular post: I’ve got to say that my audience is very diverse, but the sweet recipes always win! That’s why the “Leche Asada” dessert has been so popular, as well as the Kuchens (German cakes), which come from the German immigrants  that lived in the South of Chile. And since my husband is native from that area, I’ve been able (through his family) to compile some information about these kinds of recipes. I also have to highlight the classic Chilean thousand-layer (or “hojarasca”) cake, where dulce de leche is the main ingredient.

What you’ve learned about food while blogging: I’ve learned not to underestimate some ingredients. One has to venture into trying new flavors, and for that, one has to combine ingredients and experiment with them. I’ve also learned that sometimes the easiest preparations are the most delicious ones. And I’ve also rediscovered many popular recipes from my home country by putting my own twist to them.

Where do you get inspiration for your posts? My inspiration is divided. On one hand, I think about my son, because he already eats the same food as the adults in the family. With him, my objective is to balance the diet and make healthier preparations of favorite dishes. On the other hand, I think about my audience, which is always waiting for something new or traditional, depending on the season.

What have you learned from blogging? I’ve learned that there’s no end to new tips, techniques, recipes and ingredients to learn. It’s been a joy to share my food with people and I’ve made several friendships which go beyond the boundaries of my blog.

Where else can we find you online? At this moment you can find me on Facebook, where I interact with fans and announce blog updates. You can also find me on the BRBC network, where I’m part of a group of Chilean bloggers.

What are your favorite food blogs? I interact a lot with En guete and En mi cocina hoy.

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