Hi there! I’m Niki, a food photographer & blogger living in the Philly suburbs. Welcome to Clean Plate Clb!
The culinary world is my happy place! I’m a self-taught home cook focused on scratch-made recipes using real ingredients. I fell in love with cooking in college while binge-watching every cooking show the Food Network could throw at me.
I have an obsession with pasta, dried chiles, and buttercream. My cookbook collection is always expanding, and I love finding inspiration for a new dish or image in the world around me.
My husband, Zac, and I live in West Chester, Pennsylvania with our two pets: a labradoodle named Charlie and parrotlet named Stu.
Why did you start Clean Plate Clb?
My relationship with food has seen it’s ups and downs. Food was a negative influence when I struggled with weight or used it as a coping mechanism. But at other times, food was the basis of some of my most enjoyable memories.
I started Clean Plate Clb as an avenue to share my passion for cooking, food, and photography. My goals for my blog are simple:
- Guide readers through the aspects of cooking at home and the technical side of food photography.
- Empower readers to confidently cook with real ingredients and find their food photo style.
- Help readers to live their personal freedoms from societal pressures and labels.
Because it’s easier than you think and tastes so darn good!
Processed food may be convenient, but over the years I realized I feel better when eating real food. Plus homemade food gives you so much more control over the flavor!
I make my own ricotta cheese, pasta, and sauces among other things. I can’t wait to share these recipes with you and tips for making homemade food efficiently without spending all day in the kitchen.
How did you come up with the name Clean Plate Clb?
Zac and I fell in love over food. Whether it was exploring new recipes in our kitchen or trying out new restaurants, we both share a thrill for eating.
After Zac finished a dish he loved, he would hold up his plate and proudly state that he was a high ranking member of the Clean Plate Clb. With that, I knew I had a great name for my blog.
Thank you for visiting my blog! I am so excited you are here. If you have any questions please email niki(at)cleanplateclb(dot)com or head over to my contact page to send me a message.