Spring is in the air—whether Mother Nature will admit to it or not aka GO AWAY POLAR VORTEX—and with every hint of spring like weather I get the accompanying compulsion to clean out the old and bring in the new.

5 Food Blogs I'm Following Now via foodiecrush.com

I’m often asked about new blogs I’ve discovered, who I’m reading now, and where to find inspiration through great recipes and beautiful food photography.

So on the first Friday of each month I’m sharing the very abbreviated list of which food blogs are flipping my lid. And because I love sharing these tidbits of goodness, let’s ring in March with some amazing inspiration, and leave the lions and lambs to the lore of our kid’s riddles and rhymes.

It must be awards season—or so I’ve heard—and it isn’t just J-Law who’s in the running.

Food bloggers are also getting their fair dues. See who got honors at The Kitchn and Better Homes and Gardens and if you want to keep the awards flowing, Saveur Magazine is currently compiling their list of nominations for their annual Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. You can enter your favorites noms here.

Following is the short list of 5 food blogs I’m following now. Some might be more well known, some could be flying under the radar. Either way, they’re spots on the web you don’t want to miss.

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So here’s a question for you. When you were a kid, why did savory foods always get segregated from one another and how come it never was—and still isn’t—the case with sweets?

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich foodiecrush.com

Remember when you didn’t like your food to touch each other? How the lunch room divided trays were a godsend to just about any and every elementary age child?

Don’t let my gravy come a lick within the carrots!

Ew, I can’t eat my potatoes because they had a confrontation with the mustard!

But when it comes to sweets, it seems that the more sweet we can load into a single recipe, the more enticing it is.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich foodiecrush.com

Hence, Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. And if that isn’t a mouthful, just try eating one.

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Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata

by heidi on March 3, 2014

Simple yet elegant, this Crab Spaghetti is pure comfort food with a high brow touch—because who doesn’t find comfort in twirling pasta around the big old clumps of sweetly lush lump crab.

Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata foodiecrush.com

If there’s one thing you want to eat in it’s lumpiest form, it’s crab. Take my word for it.

Crab can sometimes feel a little intimidating to make. How do you cook it? How do you crack it? And doesn’t it take forever to get that meat out of those prickly sharp shells?

But in reality, whether it’s steamed in it’s long, lanky king crabby legs dripping with butter (this recipe is hands down the easiest way to fix it) or rolled into bite size appetizer bites like this, it’s incredibly easy to prepare.

Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata foodiecrush.com

Fear not, this Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata jumps from pan to plate in about a half an hour. And I have just the tip to make it as painless as possible to make cure your crabby cravings.

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Friday Faves of February

by heidi on February 28, 2014

Happy Friday peeps.

Friday Faves 02-28-2014

I wish you could smell these flowers in person. Stargazer lilies beat roses every time. They’re my all-time favorite and are titilating my nostrils as I write this. 

When was the last time your nostrils were titilated? Get on that, would you?

This week’s faves are short and sweet because my Smudge is feeling a bit amiss and needs some snuggle time with her mama.

There’s nothing like a sick baby to make a mama girl feel needed.

But she wasn’t too sick to ask that we give you this…

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

by heidi on February 27, 2014

If you’re on Pinterest there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen the meaty version of this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Soup floating around. And there’s a perfectly good reason for that.

Because it’s so dang good!

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup foodiecrush.com

I’m kind of into this whole food with a twist thing, and it seems like the masses are too. Where you take a traditional recipe and put it in an unexpectedly unique delivery system that makes people scratch their heads and say, “Hurmph. I never thought of that.”

Dessert in jars instead of a bowl, hand pies instead of slices, and chicken pot pie as a pizza? Heck to the yeah.

So when I once again stumbled across my friend Brenda’s meaty version of Lasagna Soup (recipe here) and who I’m pretty sure introduced the blogosphere to this Italian-style phenomenon—and FINALLY, gave us another reason to love lasagna noodles—I got all inspired to give Lasagna Soup a whirl.

But this time around, change was a coming.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup foodiecrush.com

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