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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for reaching out with questions via email, comments, and social media. Below are some of the frequently asked questions I’ve received. If you have a question that’s not answered below, please reach out! I love connecting with my readers, and am very accessible 🙂

WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR BLOG?

Fun question! It started with a simple tweet where I thought it would be fun to take my family’s passed-down Romanian recipes and create a full-fledged cookbook (more on this, later). The idea took shape as a blog where I post not only about recipes but the Romanian culture that is largely unknown or misunderstood.

SO, THAT MEANS YOU HAVE NO CULINARY BACKGROUND?

Correct. I’m just a girl, with a (small) kitchen, and big ideas. Or at least a big stomach. I love playing with the recipes I get from my grandparents, looking for ways to make them better (or healthier) and sharing them with the world. I, in no way shape or form, claim to have any professional background in cooking or recipe development.

HOW ROMANIAN ARE YOU? REALLY?

Really really? By a recent Ancestry.com DNA test {unsponsored} I learned I’m only about 66% Romanian, 25% Italian and then a 9% mix of Middle Easter/Indian/European Jew. That being said, in working on my family tree (also on Ancestry.com {also unsponsored}) I’m able to go back about/only four generations, and everyone is Romanian, through and through. So I consider myself 100% Romanian—even though I’m a bit of a mutt 😉 .

WHY DO YOU ONLY POST TWICE A MONTH?

Initially, this posting schedule was established to make sure I don’t run out of recipes/features to post. As you’ll see, sometimes I don’t stick to it. There are times when I’ll post two weeks in a row or once every three weeks. I try to remain consistent, however, this may change in the future. If you’re unable to check the blog frequently and would prefer learning about new posts directly, please use the email newsletter sign up link to the right →

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU STARTED BLOGGING?

The very same thing I still do. I’m a graphic designer, author, and book publisher. I love everything I do and seem to always find new ways to keep busy. I’m always busy. Blame my workaholic, millennial attitude. And yes, that is a millennial attitude, it’s just on the opposite direction of the millennial spectrum. Promise.

You’ll sometimes see me reference my book One Thousand Stars That Bind within a recipe or feature because it’s mention within the story. I like to think of From Dill To Dracula as a companion piece of media to One Thousand Stars That Bind. Or vise versa.

CAN I USE YOUR PHOTO OR RECIPE ON MY WEBSITE OR BLOG?

Photos—So long as it’s listed as a From Dill To Dracula photo (and not sourced from elsewhere) you’re welcome to share the photo on your own website. Please be sure to include two important links (required for use): 1. back to the recipe or post the image came from; 2. back to www.FromDillToDracula.com. In addition, please upload the picture to your website, opposed to pulling the image reference from mine. There is a limit on site bandwidth, and if people are using up what’s available for From Dill To Dracula without being on From Dill To Dracula, it’ll cost more on my end.

Recipes—Unfortunately the short answer is no, not at this time. If you choose to adapt one of my recipes, please make sure it is changed enough to warrant resharing, and please make sure you link back to the original recipe. Straight re-posting a recipe from From Dill To Dracula is not allowed at this time. Sorry.

ARE YOU ON PINTEREST?

In fact I am! You can follow all my pinboards here, or my Romanian exclusive pinboard here.

WHAT ABOUT INSTAGRAM

Def.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN VAMPIRES?

Do you believe the sky is blue and grass is green? I think I’ve said enough.

ARE YOU A VAMPIRE?

Oh, God. I hope so. *crosses fingers*

CAN I EMAIL YOU?

Of course! Please feel free to reach out by emailing me at amruggs {at} gmail {dot} com; replace the words in the brackets with the actual symbol.

COMMENT POLICY

I love hearing from any–(and every)–one who reads From Dill To Dracula, however, I reserve the right to remove comments if they are offensive, inappropriate or just downright rude. I intend for the comment section to be a positive experience and community. Please help me keep it that way 🙂