This month, we sat down with HFBC Member and new membership co-chair jazzmine woodard, author of dash of jazz, to learn more about her amazing recipes and food inspirations! Read the full interview below. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to catch up with us, Jazzmine! What is the name of your blog, and how would you describe it?
Dash of Jazz - I would describe it as a place where I share stories, recipes, and food adventures with my friends...and people I’ve never met before. :)

How long have you had your blog?
Since January 2015

Tell us a little bit about how your cooking is influenced by your Texan and Nigerian roots.

SPICE. Texan food is heavily influenced by Mexican food, which uses a rich variety of spices and flavors. Many Nigerian dishes are also quite spicy and incorporate ingredients such as coconut and plantain, which are common in Mexico and Central America as well. I love using different spices in my food and look for new and interesting ways to incorporate them.

What is your tried and true favorite family recipe to make?

Lasagna--which isn’t even on my blog yet! As children, my siblings and I were always so excited whenever my mom made her lasagna. Also, my dad’s coworkers would request it for potluck events all the time. It’s a very simple recipe and not completely from scratch. I began making my own tweaks on it in college by incorporating veggies and experimenting with different herbs, and now my family enjoys it just as much.

What made you decide to become a member of the Houston Food Blogger Collective?

I was a member of different local blogger groups and found that they were a bit slanted toward fashion and lifestyle bloggers. I remember being very excited upon hearing about HFBC and feel like I have found a kind of foodie tribe here.

What has been your favorite foodie event so far?

The media tasting at the Tuck Room and iPic has been my favorite event. It was very well executed, and I enjoyed the variety of their menu. This was one of the first events I attended.

What are some of your favorite [food and non-food] blogs and websites to read?

  1. Chronicles of Frivolity

  2. The Hive Society

  3. Bunny Baubles

What is your favorite restaurant/meal in Houston?

I can’t pick just one. I’ll have to work on that.

If you were to host a dream dinner party, what foodie idols would you invite?

  1. Patti Labelle

  2. Rachael Ray

  3. The Kitchenista

At this dream dinner party, what delicious items would you put on the menu?

I think I would do a breakfast-for-dinner party so that I can serve brunch food: mimosas (of course), a french toast casserole, breakfast taco bar, the super breakfast pie that’s currently on my blog, a good seasonal fruit salad, and pancakes with an assortment of fruit compotes.