The California Raisin Blogger Bunch

Join us as we follow our ambassadors as they discover the surprising and nutritious ways that California Raisins can be used in your kitchen.

Alysa Bajenaru of Inspired RD

Alysa became a Registered Dietitian in 2002 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Nutritional Sciences. She earned a personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and later a group fitness certification through the American Council on Exercise. Now based in Phoenix, Alysa is a busy mom of two who writes about inspired healthy living. Fun fact: Alysa has a passion for handmade crafts and has her own Etsy shop.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? As a post-exercise snack!

Brandi Evans of Bran Appetit

Brandi lives in a small mountain town in southwest Virginia with her husband, fat cat, Roxy, and puppy, Maggie. After she married her husband she decided she needed to learn her way around the kitchen; and after seven years they have a great marriage and big appetites. Brandi tries to keep things healthy, and even puts a healthier spin on goodies like cake and cookies. Fun fact: Brandi writes a food column in Bella, a regional magazine for women.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? In granola bars!

Carolyn Ketchum of All Day I Dream About Food

Carolyn lives in the Boston area with her husband, two daughters and two sons. Her blog is mostly a low-carbohydrate and gluten-free recipe blog, as she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her third pregnancy. She didn’t want to give up her passion for cooking and baking, so Carolyn found ways to indulge in low-carbohydrate treats without losing the flavor. Fun fact: Carolyn has a master’s in Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution from Arizona State University.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? Straight off the vine!

Ericka Sanchez of Nibbles & Feasts

Ericka lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles, the mecca of international cuisine. Her childhood and Mexican culture heavily influenced her love of food; she loves the company and conversation that surround a dinner table. Ericka’s blog is bilingual and she shares stories of food and develops recipes with her favorite food products. Fun fact: Ericka is an official Latism Top Latina Blogger 2012 and attended the blogging conference at the White House.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? Sharing a bag with her son.

Janelle Maiocco of Talk of Tomatoes

Wielder of knives, pitchforks and the occasional martini, Janelle is a trained chef, urban farmer and food blogger. When not teaching cooking classes, visiting farms or snapping photos of food, Janelle can be found gardening and/or canning like a madwoman. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two teen sons and seven chickens.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? For dessert: soaked overnight in rum, then tucked into whiskey bread puddings. For lunch: in a chicken curry wrap with all the trimmings.

 Laura Fuentes of Super Glue Mom and MOMables 

Laura Fuentes shows parents how to make fresh school lunches over at MOMables™. She is a wife, mother of three and a lunch enthusiast who insists on healthy, wholesome food for her family. On her personal blog, Super Glue Mom, she writes about managing motherhood on a deadline. She’s also a food contributor and recipe developer to numerous sites and helps busy parents overcome the difficulties of cooking real food in a hurry. Fun fact: Laura was born in Spain.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Jelly!
MOMables      and Super Glue Mom  

 Meredith Steele of In Sock Monkey Slippers

Meredith lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter Mia and dog, Jack. She left her job and became a stay-at-home mom after her daughter was born 16 weeks early. In making the transition, she fell back in love with all-things culinary and started her blog in 2010. Meredith promotes whole food recipes and shares family-friendly recipes and stories about motherhood. Fun fact: Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Meredith was a graphic designer.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? In a bowl of oatmeal or pureed as a compliment to pan seared chicken.

 Paula Jones of Bell’alimento

Paula was born in Georgia and now lives in North Carolina. While living in Italy, she fell in love with the culture, people, architecture and food. Her philosophy is that “beautiful food doesn’t have to be complicated,” and Italian food is about simplicity, quality ingredients and love. Fun fact: Paula has lived all over the world and is a proud Air Force brat, as her father was in the military.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? Straight out of the bag!

 Susan Whetzel of Doughmesstic

Susan lives in a small town in Virginia with her husband and four-year-old son, Seven. When Seven turned eight months old she decided to be a stay-at-home mom but needed to learn to do the household chores like cook and clean. Susan’s blog is about her journey with food, including her triumphs and disasters in the kitchen. Fun fact: Susan and her husband have the travel bug and have been to more than 30 countries.
Favorite way to eat California Raisins? Eating them out of hand is my favorite. Of course, a great Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is not something I can turn down!