Watch what happens when popular food blogger Angela "The Kichenista" Davis invites ESSENCE over for dinner and shares the secret behind her viral and addictive recipes.[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Angela Davis. I'm a food blogger. You might know me online as the Kitchenista. My blog is the KitchenistaDiaries [MUSIC] So how long have you been a food blogger? It's been about three and a half years now. And how did you get started? It was really just a hobby. I started cooking, and then posting a picture of it. People started asking for the recipes, so eventually, I thought I'll go ahead and do the blog. And then it just evolved- So your recipes are in hiding? I was an accountant full time, I worked for a construction company and I had been doing that about ten years. At that point I hated it to be honest, I wasn't very happy. I came into work one day and I was fired, basically, that's the long story short. I had been toying with the idea of doing something more with food, so it was a window that opened. The lightbulb went off, and it's like maybe this is your time. Now who taught you? Knew how to cook. I taught myself most of what I'm doing now. From the beginning, of course, my parents were a big influence, my grandparents. And then when I became an adult on my own, that's when you realize that you don't know half of what you think that you should know. You know, anything that I liked and wanted to eat, I would learn how to cook it. A lot of, especially young women reach out to me. The way that they're cooking now. How they've changed because of what I've taught them. And that feels really good. That's why I've started. So what are you going to teach me to cook today? Because I could use a lesson I'm going to do a kale soup. A kale soup? It's a Portuguese kale soup. And I've kinda put my own spin on it. I'm excited, so let's do it. Onions. Kind of how every soup starts for the most part. This is fennel. Garlic. Tuscan kale. Bay leaves. Sage. This is linguisa. Chili flakes, smoked paprika, a little bit of black pepper. I'm gonna add my stock, puree the beans. [SOUND] Turn the heat down and let it simmer. This looks like art. I'm ready. [MUSIC] It's delicious. [INAUDIBLE] so much flavor. And the kale makes me feel like I'm not feeling so guilty about this. This is [INAUDIBLE] Comfort food. Since my blog, I started my own company, so now I'm actually doing personal chef work, I'm doing recipe development, and I'm starting online coaching for cooking classes. It's a lot that I'm doing now. It took a while to get there, but it all started with the food blog. [MUSIC]

Essence.com
Nov, 23, 2015

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