F.A.Q.

We get emails every now and then with questions and comments about us and the site, so why not share some of that info with everyone.  Even if your question’s answered below, we give you permission to email us anyways!

•HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME ‘THE DUO DISHES’?

The name just came to us one day.  We were brainstorming what we do, and we figured that we’re two folks who like all things about food–talking about it, learning about it, teaching others about it and, of course, cooking it.  We dish up food and dish about food, hence The Duo Dishes.

•WHO ARE CHRYSTAL AND AMIR ANYWAYS?  HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET?

We did not grow up together, but we did attend the same illustrious university–The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Go Heels!  We met during our stint working for the school’s student television station.  Chrystal was one of the co-producers of a soapy drama, and Amir was an actor in a comedy series.  Never was there talk of food during those days, and look where we are now!  Oh, and we’re not a couple couple.  No lovebirds here, just friends!

•DO YOU WORK IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY NOW?

Neither one of us is currently involved in the food industry, at least not in a way that delivers a steady paycheck.  Amir works for a television network, and Chrystal works for an advertising agency.

•WHERE DO YOU DO MOST OF YOUR COOKING?

We rotate between each other’s apartments.  Luckily for us, we live less than a couple of miles from each other, so it’s easy to zip around and transport ingredients and equipment between the both of us.  Although most of our pictures are shot on top of a similar gray ‘marbled’ counter top, the surrounding areas are quite different.

•DO YOU BOTH EAT THE SAME THINGS ALL THE TIME?  HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO COOK?

We definitely have different tastes, things we each prefer and dislike.  Many of the recipes we cook come about based on cravings, a desire to experiment in the kitchen, stumbling upon a new ingredient in the market, recommendations or suggestions from friends and family, menus we devise for dinner parties and special occasions, etc.  We don’t always agree on the outcome of every recipe, and if we think substitutions or additions could be made, we’ll usually note that in each post.  For the most part, we do enjoy what we cook, and that is why we share it, but if we make a mess of something, you’ll hear about it too.

•DO YOU CREATE ALL OF YOUR OWN RECIPES?

The vast majority of the recipes we have on the site are meals we have cooked on our own, in our own kitchens, with our own recipes.  If they specifically originated from somewhere else, we note that in the post.  Although this wide world of Web is a public forum, we would appreciate a credit/link from anyone choosing to use, replicate or distribute our recipes.  As the old saying goes, do unto others…!

•THERE ARE A LOT OF DESSERTS ON THIS SITE!

Yes, there are!  We love our sweets, adore our desserts, idolize our pastries–whatever you want to say!  Most people seem to feel the same way, so desserts are fun to make and share.  We think it’s safe to say that there are a variety of other dishes that are in our repertoire, including a good amount of vegetable based and vegetarian dishes.  Don’t believe it?  Check the recipe index.

•SO WHY DO A GOOD NUMBER OF YOUR VEGETARIAN RECIPES INCLUDE ANIMAL PRODUCTS?
We know there are different levels of vegetarians out there, so we try to keep it simple by including all of our meatless dishes in that list.  The recipes may still include butter, cheese, milk, eggs, honey, etc., so if you’re vegan, they may not fly.  Sorry!  For the most part, many of our vegetarian/meatless recipes will be just fine if you make substitutions or omit those items entirely, but we’ll leave that to your discretion.

•WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FOODS?

For Amir, it’s most definitely pancakes. Even if they are on your own plate, he may sneak a bite. Like a true Libra, Chrystal has a hard time making decisions like these, but she does enjoy any and everything involving sweet potatoes.

•WHY THE DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF YOUR PICTURES BETWEEN POSTS?

No fancy cameras here folks.  Just a point and shoot 10 MB Nikon Coolpix for most of our photography.  We do have other friends with nice SLRs who will occasionally take a shot or two for us (thanks guys!), but that’s just from time to time.  It probably goes without saying that without a camera, we surely don’t have lighting equipment.  We also work opposite schedules, so sometimes dishes are made early in the day or late at night.  It always varies.  And honestly, we can’t afford the fancy camera we’d like to be using (one day soon!), but we’re literally putting our pennies away, so we can invest in one.  Maybe we should start taking up a collection?  Regardless, there are times we can pull out a pretty good shot.  We consider all of the images taken by our cameras to be our property, so if you choose to right click and save any picture for your own usage, just give us a credit/link!

•ARE YOU GUYS ON TWITTER, MYSPACE, HI5, FACEBOOK, ETC.?

The world of technology and social networking is doing the most!  How can we even keep up?  We are on Facebook and of course Foodbuzz, and yes, we have joined the ranks of Twitter.  You can of course send us emails through the Contact page.  If you post a question in the comments section as well, you will get a response.  We do our best to stay in communication no matter what.

•WHO DESIGNED YOUR LOGO?

Amir has a great roommate who offered up his graphic design skills for our current logo.  Thanks Rustin!  Speaking of friends who offer their services…a few recipe photos and our banners were taken by our good friend Kerri.  She’s another Tar Heel, so we have to show our support!

•DO YOU HAVE AN EMAIL NEWSLETTER?

No, not yet, but you can sign up for our RSS feed!  Click the orange and white button on the top right of the page.

•I HAVE A BLOG AND WOULD LIKE TO BE ON YOUR BLOG ROLL.  WANT TO EXCHANGE?

Sure, we can link up.  We do prefer to stick with recipe blogs that are current and frequently updated.  Of course, we have the right to say no to linkages, but please don’t be offended!

•DO YOU ACCEPT SAMPLES?  I HAVE A FOOD PRODUCT I’D LIKE TO SEND YOUR WAY.

Why yes, we’ll accept samples.  We are open to almost anything, but we do not feel obligated to post our reviews or related recipes unless we truly want to share the good (or bad…yikes) with readers.

4 thoughts on “F.A.Q.

  1. hey chrystal and amir.. this is my first visit here and i will say you guys are doing a great job. this blog is very interesting. the recipes found here are amazing!! i will visit your blog everyday.. keep up he great job!!
    cheers!!

  2. Well, I didn’t know you were NC folks! Raised in Charlotte and recently (and thankfully) repatrioted from Florida to The Triangle–Cary, right now. Hello, former neighbors!

    I enjoy your blog, guys:)

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