Here is a list of most commonly asked questions. If you have a question, feel free to contact me. I will update this page periodically when new questions arise.
How do you find time to blog with three young children?
It’s a balancing act. Some days are easier than others. I don’t have a set schedule for when anything is made, that depends on each individual recipe. However, photos are always taken while my youngest two nap. Most editing or writing is done in the same manner. A little here, a little there.
What camera do you use?
All images on Baked by Rachel, with the exception of guest posts, were taken by me.
Photos prior to 2011 were taken with a Canon SX200IS.
Photos from 2011 to present were taken with a Canon 60D , using the following lenses: Canon EF-S 18-135mm , Canon EF 50mm and Canon EF-S 60mm Macro .
What is your photography setup?
I only shoot in natural light, which means planning my recipes accordingly so they are done in time to shoot while there is still enough light. If a day is particularly dark and gloomy, I might opt to use my tripod which allows for longer exposure times. This makes up for the lack of decent light, but I prefer to work without a tripod whenever possible.
Do you take all of your own photos?
Yes. All photos on Baked by Rachel are original images, taken by myself. The only exception are guest posts or when otherwise noted.
Can I use one of your pictures?
Permission to use any images must always be given prior to use. Please contact me at Rachel(at)bakedbyrachel(dot)com with any requests or questions concerning use of my photos.
Can I use your recipes on my blog?
If you have adapted the recipe (ex. changed several ingredients or made any other major changes), yes. I ask that you write the recipe in your own words and give proper credit. Do not copy and paste my post or instructions in any way. If you have not adapted the recipe, please instead link back to my original post for the recipe.
I have a question about a recipe.
Please double check the post, notes and comments before contacting me. Your question may already have been asked by someone else and given an answer. If you still cannot find the answer, feel free to leave a comment or contact me.
Why didn’t my dish turn out?
I honestly cannot give you a definite answer. There are so many factors that come into play with this and since I wasn’t there to see you make the recipe, I can only speculate as to the possibilities. Did you change ingredients? Did you set a recipe and walk away? Was your yeast old, water too hot or not hot enough? I recommend always reading the recipe multiple times before making it. If you have any questions before making something, just send me an email or leave a question in the comments section of the particular recipe post. I will always do my best to note any specifics within each post or recipe for best results (ex. “This recipe was tested on high in a 6-quart slow cooker”).
I didn’t like the recipe.
Okay, well I don’t like tomatoes but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. We all have personal taste preferences, but just because you didn’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s a faulty or bad recipe.
Can I substitute ingredients?
Yes! If you have experience substituting ingredients with good result then by all means. However, if you change any ingredients or quantities do not blame me or the original recipe if it doesn’t turn out or you do not like it.
Do you have a recipe for … ?
If you did not find it in my recipe index then no. But you are always more than welcome to submit requests, though I cannot promise they will be made as they need to meet mine and my family’s taste preference.
Do you have nutritional information for your recipes?
For many reasons, no. I personally do not calculate that information for myself, which is the biggest factor. Secondly, this information can be wildly inaccurate, as you may have seen in the press recently. If you are interested in nutritional information, there are websites available where you may plug in ingredients to calculate this yourself. I am in no way endorsing any nutritional sites or calculators.
Can I send you a product to review/giveaway?
If you have a product that is relevant to my readers or you think I would enjoy, email me at Rachel(at)bakedbyrachel(dot)com
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