Jamestown women continue food blog
Two college students from Jamestown have turned their lifelong passion for food into a blog that reflects their enthusiasm for the subject, while also providing a resource for the college student on a budget.
“Wright Time for a Schnack” is a blog created by Caty Schnack, a freshman at New York University, and Georgia Wright, who is spending the year after graduation abroad before attending Brown University. Both women grew up in Jamestown and graduated from North Kingstown High School earlier this year.
The blog features recipes that the women have found elsewhere, modified from other sources, or created themselves, along with photographs of their creations. The recipes and photographs are accompanied by descriptive prose, and often a personal story related to the information is offered.
“Georgia and I were together one day, and she really wanted to make an apple pie, but it was too hot,” said Schnack. “We ended making minted strawberry lemonade, which is our first recipe on the blog.”
Schnack photographed the day’s creation, and Wright suggested that they start a blog. The name for their new enterprise came along when Schnack recalled an early childhood experience.
“I think we were in kindergarten,” she said. “We were in our strawberry garden with my dad, and he said, ‘It’s the Wright time for a Schnack.’ I thought that was really annoying at the time. But it seemed like it really fit as the name of our blog.” (The blog can be found at WrightTimeForA Schnack.wordpress.com.)
Using WordPress software that simplifies the blogging process, Schnack and Wright worked together during their senior year in high school, producing about four updates a month. They cooked together, and shared the writing and photography duties.
Wright described the initial blogging process as getting together with Schnack and making something that they thought was clever or something that they craved. They then photographed their creations, which were usually avant-garde. The photos were then posted online along with the recipes and “as many witticisms and food-related puns as we could think of.”
When Wright left for Madrid, Spain, where she is living with a host family and acting as an English tutor for their children, things became more complicated. Schnack continued to update the blog with recipes, photos and personal stories, while Wright began to use the blog to document her food-related experiences in Spain.
The two promote the blog through their personal Facebook pages. They even have a Facebook fan page that is devoted exclusively to the blog.
“We’re very into shameless selfpromotion,” Schnack said. “Anytime there’s an opportunity to talk about the blog, we will take it.”
One of the challenges that Schnack faces as a college student living in a dorm is that the kitchen facilities available to her are small, as is her budget.
“I’m trying not to spend a lot of money on ingredients,” she said. “It’s affordable, and these are recipes that you can use in college kitchens. It’s a different approach.”
“It’s hard to be in a dorm and cooking food, and have that to yourself,” Schnack added. “A lot of times people will come in and try whatever I’m making. When you cook in college, everyone wants to be your best friend.”
According to Wright, the blog was created more out of hunger than anything else. She said that her lifelong love of writing, along with her enjoyment of farmers markets and the use of local produce, made the blog a natural way to combine her interests.
“A food blog seemed the perfect way for Caty and I to combine our interests in cooking, eating, writing, photography and a great excuse to goof around together,” Wright said. “We didn’t know if people were going to like it, and I certainly don’t think we thought it would be going strong a year and a half later.”
“I’ve never not been interested in food,” Wright added. “I’ve always enjoyed cooking, baking in particular, and certainly always enjoyed eating.”
Wright thinks that the main reason that people are interested in “Wright Time for a Schnack” is because they are hungry. While she acknowledges that a number of people who read the blog are interested in cooking, based on the comments she has received from people who have tried the recipes, she thinks the primary appeal of the blog is more basic.
“I think others are interested in ‘Wright Time for a Schnack’ because we as humans are naturally voracious, and I suppose we like to just look at pictures of food and unconsciously hope that it might appear,” Wright said. “That’s how I feel when I look at other food blogs anyway.”
According to Wright, maintaining the blog has been difficult because of the distance between her and Schnack, but says that when the two are together in Jamestown during Christmas break, there is no doubt that they will get together, cook and post updates to the blog. She added that the posts that the pair do jointly are the best – and the most fun.
Schnack hopes to write for a magazine eventually, with an eye toward guiding people in terms of healthy eating and nutrition. Wright hopes to have a career in writing, and said that she will continue cooking and pursuing gastronomic happiness for the rest of her life.
“The blog has been a ton of fun, and really brought the two of us together as friends as well,” Wright said. “We’ve learned a lot about both cooking and food photography, as well as collaboration in the kitchen. I know that even though we won’t live five minutes away from each other all the time anymore, we will still keep it up.”