Friday Faves and a Reader Survey

by heidi on October 10, 2014

One thing I love about my job is the diversity.


One day I’m shooting food for clients I love and consulting on magazine design for clients. The other days I’m designing cookbooks and creating food bloggers new ebook projects (stay tuned!) plus plotting and planning the next issue of FoodieCrush magazine (January 2015!)

This week I’m also working on surviving Mercury in retrograde thanks to these tips. I’m keeping a watchful eye on all of my computers and electronics (back up your databases folks!), taking things with a grain of salt (that’s okay that you forgot my  dinner order!) and thinking twice about making big purchases (but I really NEED the iPhone 6!)

I’m also relishing my renewed enthusiasm to push myself and the blog in new directions.

That’s why I’m hoping you’ll help me out by giving me feedback on what you like most—and least—about FoodieCrush and what you’d like to see more—and less of—by taking this quick survey.

After hearing what you have to say I’ll be better in tune with what you want to see on FoodieCrush—and what you don’t.

Thanks in advance for taking time out of your busy day to help me make this a better, more interesting and more inspirational spot on the web for you to visit. I appreciate all of you even more than buttercream frosting and chicken pot pie.

And now, let’s get to those Friday Faves!

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Maple Apples, Blue Cheese and Bacon Pizza

by heidi on October 9, 2014

This pizza started out as sushi. Well, sort of.

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After getting my roots done this week (just in the nick of time) I hit the bookstore to try and find the latest issue of my favorite foodie inspiration Donna Hay magazine (to no avail) and ended up soaking in a few other publications (rags) instead. Mila and Ashton had their baby! Get ripped abs in 10 easy steps! Theresa and Joe go to jail! Celebrity beach bodies gone wrong! Who wore it best? For sure, she did!

Ugh, why did I wander away from the food magazines?

Afterward, I walked over to Whole Foods to cure my craving for lunch-on-the-go-sushi. Instead, I left with a new craving and all of the makings for this pizza.

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Dynamic Duos: Food Blogger Power Couples, Part 2

by Hayley Putnam on October 8, 2014

Last week in Part 1 of this two part series, we brought you four food blogger couples who inspire us to grab our significant other and get cookin’. See Part 1 here.

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This week we’ve got four more couples who totally rock in the kitchen. Whether it’s just a hobby, or a full-time affair, these lovebirds are churning out some awesome recipes, cookbooks, and even a specific album to go with their brownies.

They have our attention — read on to find out why they should have yours!

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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

by heidi on October 7, 2014

There are many a day when I comb through the pantry looking for a snack to cure my craving.

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A handful of potato chips dunked into cottage cheese was my go-to after school treat as a kid that I can’t seem to shake. And yes! Those Hot Tamales will keep me busy all afternoon as I pick the red jelly insides from my back molars. And don’t make me tell you where I keep my secret stash of dark chocolate with sea salt. Because I won’t.

Sometimes I do want it all—all naughty and not necessarily healthy.


But most of the time the foodie devil on my left shoulder gets shot down by the secret angel on my right  who deftly guides me to the lighter side of snacking with some hefty flavor.

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One of my favorite parts about cooking is gathering inspiration from different sources and then bringing them together into one, big recipe creating party.

Normally, salads can have the tendency to be predictable, maybe even a bit boring. But if I’m going to sell my husband on the idea that a salad for dinner once a week so we can become part of #meatlessmonday, the salad needs to be hearty and full of flavor.

Wish me luck.

I’d say this kale salad recipe is the perfect example of recent inspiration to hit me over the head when the first bite hit my tongue, meets the jogging of my ever-failing memory thanks to my ever-persistent seasonal cravings and my extreme talents of blog bookmarking and cookbook post-it note tagging.

I have mad skills that way.

So where’s all this inspiration stemming from?

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