What’s with the title?
The title of this blog is a wordplay on the macroeconomic model that weighs a nation’s military spending against domestic (i.e guns vs butter), only here the meaning is literal. While both guns and butter are now at the heart of my cooking, I couldn’t have either in the Soviet Union, so, on a more philosophical level, the title reflects the freedoms and the economic stability that I found in America – the luxuries I treasure every day.
Where are you from again?
Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic nestled between Russia and Iran on the Western Coast of the Caspian See.
How do you find time for this?
I skimp on cleaning. I fill the time you spend cleaning with cooking and photographing food.
Aren’t you worried about eating all this fat?
Not in the least – clean animal fats are among the healthiest things you can eat. Don’t worry about butter – worry about hydrogenated shortening and imitation whipped cream.
But what about your figure?
To be completely honest, I don’t care in the slightest, and I suggest that you don’t either. A small bottom is a social construct and has no bearing on the actual level of personal fulfillment and reproductive success.
Are you a mail-order bride?
How did you come to America then?
This moving story has been covered here.
Why is your English so good?
I began to teach myself English from absolute zero – and without a teacher – at the age of 17. I was fluent in half a year and by the time I was 18, I won a full scholarship to the American University in Bulgaria, where I majored in English. I graduated with the Outstanding Achievement Award, although this might have had something to do with the fact that English majors were few and far between.
Who designed your site and header?
I designed it using Thesis framework, which did most of the work. I designed the header using Photoshop Elements.
What camera and lenses do you use?
Up until November of 2010, I’ve been using a Lumix Panasonic point-and-shoot for all the photographs on this site. I am now shooting with a Nikon D90 with three lenses – a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, a Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 D, and a kit lens that came with the camera, an 18-105 f/3.5-5.6.
How do you get such rich, brilliant colors?
I shoot everything on “Vivid” – a color-enhancing setting found on Nikon DLSRs.
What web host do you use?
I use Liquid Web – an extremely reliable, reasonably-priced hosting service with fabulous tech support that can be accessed 24/7 via live chat. I love them, and I would recommend them to anyone.
Can I write a guest post for your site in exchange for a link to mine?
Thanks for offering, but no. Please do not email me with that particular proposition.
Why didn’t my comment get published?
Because I didn’t like it. This is a personal blog, not a democracy.