Meet Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I married someone I can truly call my best friend. He sure can get on my nerves sometimes, but no one has my back more than he does and I love him to pieces! The greatest thing I ever did was to become a mom, and I had the joy of doing it twice. I never knew life could hold this much joy, pride, fear or hope until I became a mom! I give thanks every single day for my kids, my husband, my family and my life. I am truly grateful. Cooking has always centered me, growing up as the oldest of 5 kids I also think it identified me. I wasn’t the smartest “one”, the most focused “one” or the artsy “one”…I was the “one” who could cook which surprised and delighted people as a result and just I loved it! That’s what I do, I juggle corporate America, a family, friends and I find time to make everyone happy – one bite at a time – and THAT makes me happy!
What is your blog about?
My site is about cooking. SO many people I have run across in life have proudly stated, “I can’t cook”! Well, you can’t grow 4 inches or change the country where you were born BUT in my opinion you can learn to cook. Anyone can cook…they just have to want to
Is there a story behind your blog name?
Yes – I know Souffle Bombay is not a good name for a food blog, after all just what the heck does that mean. I spent hours thinking of names for the site. I had it narrowed down to about 5 names. I asked the kids if they had any ideas on what to call it (not really expecting to get an answer “better” than the ones “I” had agonizingly crafted) when my then 5 year old daughter Samantha (now 9), instantly responded”Souffle Bombay”!!
I was like “what”??? I literally had to have her say it 4 times before I understood what she was saying!
Samantha said “Mom” (like I should KNOW this) “Souffle Bombay” is oatmeal put inside a scooped out pumpkin!”… I was like what??? What??? Where did you hear that???
However I instantly fell in LOVE with the name…so there you have it!
About 6 months later I finally found out that “Hamilton the Pig”, who is a chef on a cartoon for kids called Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, actually made a dish…just what my daughter said…on the show and called it a Souffle Bombay! I smile every time I think of that!
Who or what inspires you?
My 9 year old daughters passion for learning in the kitchen amazes and excites me! Also – Pinterest…Through Pinterest, I have found that there are SO many talented women out there who come up with the most amazing solutions to problems and ideas. I was never a blog reader but Pinterest has led me to some amazing sites!
What is your favorite social network and why?
Pinterest – Hands down! Pinterest has led me to a whole new world of possible! The instant I saw it years ago, I was stunned at its brilliance!
What is your biggest claim to fame?
I wrote a unique cookbook for kids, self published it, had it printed professionally and it was lucky enough to catch the eye of QVC where it was sold. That was a very interesting and exciting experience!
When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a nurse – however the year I asked for a nurses kit from Santa I received a small bag of coal with a note instead and I have the photo to prove it…I wish I could remember what I did, lol!
What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?
Parenting! THAT I think would be a touchy subject!
What would be your dream brand to work with?
Oh, so many but one that comes to mind is Chambord – I am a Chambord lov-ah and work it into a number of recipes. I just adore the flavor it can lend to a dish or cocktail!
What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?
Tasty Kitchen - I love seeing how America cooks via all the people who post their recipes
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What is your favorite indulgence?
I am obsessed with Buffalo Pretzel Crisps, seriously obsessed! I literally hide bags of them around the house so that when I want to relax, watch TV or read a book I can always get my hands on some!