Please Welcome Elissa of 17 and Baking

April 27, 2009 · 11 comments · Print This Post

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17-and-Baking

My friend Erin emailed recently alerting me to a program at Dine and Dish that paired new food bloggers with a more experienced counterpart. This mentoring gig sounded like a fun project so I signed up. Kristen ended up matching me with Elissa of 17 and Baking. I’ll admit that I was a little nervous when I clicked over to Elissa’s blog for the first time. What if it was truly awful, covered in animated gifs, and glaring typos…how would I tactfully deal with that kind of internet disaster?

Thankfully though Elissa’s food blog is absolutely lovely. Even though she has only been posting online for a few months I was instantly bowled over by her gorgeous photography and seriously shocked to learn that she was taking such lush images with a point and shoot camera. Let this be a testament to those of you who think you have to have expensive equipment in order to be a successful blogger. Honestly it’s all about lighting, lighting, lighting. Just look at these picture perfect gingersnaps! A little ingenuity and a homemade light box can really pay off.

Not only does Elissa serve up crave worthy eye candy on her site, but she also writes engaging and personal posts in a light and charming voice that will undoubtedly make you want to add her to your rss reader. Now keep in mind that Elissa is only 17 years old. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Yes, Elissa is only 17?! This is one talented and creative young woman who obviously has a great blogging future ahead of her. I’m also completely jealous that she calls one of my favorite cities, Seattle, home. So please take a moment today to visit Elissa’s wonderful food blog and welcome her to the community.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 meg April 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

Welcome to Elissa! I am off to check out her blog!

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2 kristina April 27, 2009 at 11:46 am

The mentoring program sounds fab, and thank you so much for introducing me to Elissa. What a lovely blog! Definitely looking forward to reading more… K x

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3 Jen April 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I discovered Elissa’s blog last week through a tweet and truly am impressed by her talent! She’s added to my RSS feed.

Kudos to the mentoring program! I owe a bunch of thanks to my mentor of last year, Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes.

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4 Kathy - Cooking On the Side April 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Ummm…can I just say WOW!! Elissa’s blog is fantastic for any blog, let alone a new one and by a 17-year-old blogger. I’m beyond impressed – will be adding to my RSS!

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5 carrie April 27, 2009 at 6:23 pm

wow… I’m going to see if *I* can become HER mentee!! πŸ˜‰

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6 Elissa April 27, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Erin, thanks for the warm welcome… I’m so lucky to have been paired with such a great mentor!

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7 snooky doodle April 28, 2009 at 1:54 am

Nice blog πŸ™‚

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8 Elyse April 28, 2009 at 1:55 am

Elissa sounds great! Can’t wait to check out her blog.

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9 Kristen April 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm

You both have such amazing blogs. I think you’ll work wonderfully together! Have fun πŸ™‚

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10 Theresa April 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Elissa is totally kicking my butt on this food blogging thing and I’m practically twice her age! But I can’t hate her for that because she and I have exactly the same taste in birthday cakes. In fact, I’m going to have to make her chocolate birthday cake!

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11 farida April 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Elissa’s blog is awesome! She is so young and talented. Kudos to her!

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