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Emilie Raffa |theclevercarrot.com

About the Blog

Hi! I’m Emilie and welcome to The Clever Carrot. Here you’ll find whole-food recipes for the busy home cook. My approach to food and cooking is simple and stress-free. This blog was created in 2012 to document my journey towards a more healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Here you will learn:

  • How to shop smart
  • How to cook with whole-food ingredients
  • How to save time & money in the kitchen
  • How to bake sourdough bread

Growing up, our meals were centered around fresh ingredients and little to no processed food. We bought local. Cooked from scratch. Ate good bread with every meal. This is not a diet blog; it’s a blog about finding balance in what you eat and how you cook. And if there’s a way to make your life easier, I’ve found the shortcut.

To get you started, some of my favorite recipes include Mediterranean Baked Chicken, Blueberry Apple Cupcakes and my most popular post: Sourdough Bread: a Beginner’s Guide.

Sourdough| theclevercarrot.com

About Emilie

In 2006, I graduated from the International Culinary Center (formerly known as the French Culinary Institute) where I earned my degree in Classic Culinary Arts. I loved every minute of culinary school and could’ve stayed there forever! It was an incredible experience. I went on to work as a private chef, recipe developer, food stylist, and behind the scenes on cooking shows. Eventually, I became curious about blogging and photography.

After starting The Clever Carrot, my work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Redbook Magazine, Clean Eating, Women’s Health Magazine, The Huffington Post, Food 52, Saveur, Food & Wine, Today Food, and in the pages of Artful Blogging Magazine. I was a finalist for ‘Best Food Photography’ in the annual the Saveur Blog Awards and contribute to the digital cooking publication, feedfeed.

I’m also very fortunate to be a published author. You can find my first book “The Clever Cookbook” here, and my upcoming title “Artisan Sourdough Made Simple” here. It will be released on October 24th, 2017.

On a personal note, my husband and I live in on Long Island with our 2 little boys. We have a little garden, lots of backyard animals, a fig tree, and love spending time in nature. I’m inspired by everything. I tend to create based on my Mediterranean background, family recipes, and travel. Even my cat. And if you ask what’s in my shopping cart, it’s filled to the brim with olive oil, lemon, fresh herbs, and good bread (possibly a child, too!).

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, would like to see certain recipes here on the blog, or just to say hi- I’d love to hear from you. Email: info@theclevercarrot.com

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xo Emilie

Emilie Raffa |theclevercarrot.com