On the PULSE has gone cookin’! We are excited to announce a new video series, and this time it’s all about country home cooking.
In partnership with local cook, mother, wife and social media phenomenon, Andrea McElroy, we are proud to produce “On the PULSE presents Andrea’s Country Home Cookin” a monthly cooking show full of good recipes and great food for the family.
Andrea’s childhood is full of memories of food and family – her mom baking in the kitchen, snacks after school and family sitting around the table sharing stories of their day.
When she grew up, got married and started a family, Andrea wanted to recreate this in her own home. Andrea and her husband Chris live in Linden with their two children.
At first, cooking didn’t come naturally to Andrea. She comically recalls burning fried chicken just as her husband was getting home from work one day. But this didn’t last long, and soon Andrea was making meals each night that her family would rave about.
When Andrea and Chris’s oldest son was born, she was spending long days babysitting kids and had to prep her family’s dinner in advance. She posted photos of what she made on her personal Facebook page and her friends and family often asked her for the recipes. Soon, Andrea decided to create a Facebook page as a specific place to share the recipes among her friends.
“Before I knew it I had about 3,000 fans in the first year,” Andrea said. “People were sharing my recipes and that was really cool.”
Her followers continued to rise, but it wasn’t until she published a recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Cake that things really started to change. The post got over a thousand shares within a few days and over the next week reached over 1 million people. It now has 198,000 shares on Facebook.
Andrea’s Country Home Cookin went viral. The page skyrocketed to 20,000 followers in a week and only continued to rise after that. Andrea now boasts over 210,000 followers on Facebook. She also has a website for her recipes, published a cookbook and sold nearly 4,000 copies and recently started writing a weekly column for Webb Weekly.
“They are all my own recipes,” Andrea said. “Everything I make is tried and true.”
Andrea’s audience is now global, with fans across the country and cookbook sales going as far as Africa.
Starting in February, Andrea will partner with On the PULSE to produce a monthly cooking show for our new Healthy Living section.
“It is so exciting to be able to work with On the PULSE on a monthly basis and showing you guys good recipes and showing you what Andrea’s Country Home Cookin is all about,” Andrea said.