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I’ve always been one to share. Over-share? Possibly. Over-instruct? Pretty much a sure thing. But it’s all with heart, and with the best intention of hopefully providing a short cut to discovering something you might really enjoy.

You just don’t know about “it” yet.

I’m going to stick with calling “it” sharing, rather than being called bossy, because I think this debate will rage on for a while. And I think you probably know which side of the aisle I’m on. Me and my girl Beyoncé, we see eye to eye.

Because I like to share, and because many of you ask, here is this month’s 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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Kitchen Confidante

Kitchen Confidante

“Creating something out of nothing. There’s a magic there, and when we cook, it happens every day.”

Clean. Easy. Soothing. That’s what I get every time I visit Kitchen Confidante.

From her recipes, to her photography, to her friendly way of pulling me into each blog post, in this space Liren calls her blogging home, a calmness exudes and instantly makes me feel at ease.

With a history of living in foodie meccas like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Liren now calls the Bay Area of San Francisco home, adding yet another layer of foodie glam to her residential resumé. California’s fresh flavors are showcased on Kitchen Confidante in nearly every recipe, from breakfast to dinner to brunch or snacks.

Kitchen Confidante boasts recipes that are unique but approachable. I love that she’s apt to take command of an intimidating-in-pronunciation-chateaubriand (I mean, I can barely spell it) all the way to this super simple 10 minute microwave caramel sauce.

One of favorite unique spots on her blog is her Simple Sundays series, 3 years of easy to make recipes and posts that are uncomplicated in presentation, and simply, simple. I’ve been contemplating posting on Sundays, since that’s one day of the week I find myself most consistently online. Liren’s given me inspiration to put my thoughts into action.

Bonus: Check out Liren’s lists of 5 Little Things, inspiring finds she shares from around the web.

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Eggplant Rollatini with Pancetta and Spinach

With the roll of the calendar spinning into spring, I become a lot like Liren and crave more colorful veggies in my diet. And if there’s a little dose of pancetta in the mix, I’m definitely okay with that.

Recipe here.

Savory Scones with Gruyere, Prosciutto and Green Onion | www.kit

Savory Scones with Gruyere, Prosciutto and Green Onions

Creating a recipe that pairs earthy flavors delivered in a scone recipe is right up my alley, especially when it’s one that works for breakfast, lunch and wine time.

Recipe here.

 Carrot Mango and Kiwi Smoothie | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Carrot, Mango and Kiwi Smoothie

Liren has a healthy share of smoothies in her blog recipe reproitoire, but this one pairs flavors unique to most I’ve seen bouncing around the web and is rich with anitoxidants.

Recipe here.

See more of Liren and Kitchen Confidante here.

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Climbing Grier Mountain 

Climbing Grier Mountain

“Thankfully, I am very accepting of change when it comes to food. It’s 2014, which means, nothing is off limits when it comes to making food more accessible and adaptable.”

You know when you find a recipe where the photography makes you stop and go, “Hey! That looks really good.” And then you read the recipe and you go, “Wow, I could totally make this.” And then you click on the link and you start reading and you forget all about the recipe and find yourself giggling and becoming totally engrossed in the storytelling that may or may not have word one to do with the recipe?

That, my friends, is all of the reasons why I love Lauren of the food blog Climbing Grier Mountain. Because she hooks me, then keeps me coming back for more, and not just for tasty eats, but for a respite from my day.

As a Denver-transplant via Kansas City, Lauren has firmly dug her heels into the mountain and outdoor scene. And so far as I can tell, what inspires her on the outside must fuel her creative foodie desires on the inside, because this girl has a totally unique perspective—aka brain—when it comes to recipe creation.

Teleport me to your lair, Lauren.

Bonus: Don’t miss Lauren’s collection of Foodie Fridays posts, where she digs deeper into food’s culinary qualities.

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Shrimp and Grit Naan Pizza with Cajun Remoulade Sauce

This recipe pairs two of my favorite comfort foods in one (shrimp and grits is one of my morning-after-the-festivities cravings for breakfast) and her everyday observations and contemplation woven into her recipe post are classically Lauren-esque.

Recipe here.

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Bourbon Sparkling Mojito

I’m a big fan of whiskey, the spirit that easily shape-shifts with bourbon. But too often it gets stuck in the comfort of winter. That’s why I’m loving Lauren’s idea of morphing it into this summer-ish cocktail to sip on long into the coming months.

Recipe here.

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Sweet Potato Tater Tots with Sriracha Aioli

With a multitude of original tater tot recipes, Lauren may single-handedly be bringing back the rise of the little fried nugget to high culinary stature. I say take that mission and keep on trucking!

Recipe here.

See more of Lauren and Climbing Grier Mountain here.  

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Hummingbird High

Hummingbird High

“A lot of food bloggers out there think that baking through a cookbook is kind of a cop-out. But it taught me a lot of different things that I never would have figured out if I’d just kept bouncing from cookbook to cookbook, blog to blog, and recipe to recipe. It taught me how to have results that were consistent and delicious every time.”

Her inspiration came from just one visit. One visit to a bakery and a blog was born. Michelle’s food blog Hummingbird High pays homage to London’s Hummingbird Bakery and has inspired this food blogger to cook her way through it’s illustrious cookbook with her own favorites tagging along.

As an economist by training–marketing strategist by day–turned baker by night, this food blogger doesn’t ever do things half way. A self-taught designer and picture taker, Michelle’s gorgeously understated photography accents recipes that have been proven at the high altitudes of Denver, CO to the sea-level turf of Portland, OR. The girl gets her hands greased and floured in every aspect of her business.

Keeping her images and recipes leaning toward the less fussy side, Michelle keeps things simple in styling and creating, making her blog a favorite for a wannabe baker like me.

Bonus: I linked to her ebook in my Friday Faves in December, but if you missed it then, don’t make the same mistake twice. Be sure to download your free PDF on her blog to get ready for baking.

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Banana Bundt Cake with Salted Dulce de Leche

Transforming a favorite of her past, a new take on banana bread led to the discovery that was is old, is new again.

Recipe here.

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Chocolate Créme Fraîche Cake aka The Best Chocolate Cake EVER

As if the title isn’t enough to dig my fork into, Michelle’s ode to her mom totally pulls at my heartstrings.

Recipe here.

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Hawaiian Donuts

Reaping the rewards of doughnuts isn’t always just by taste, more often it’s a therapeutic thing. I dig how Michelle works through things, one sweetened carb at a time.

Recipe here.

See more of Michelle and Hummingbird High here

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Just a TasteJust a Taste

“I’m a big proponent of keeping things light in life (and I’m not talking about calories). I eat balanced meals and never deprive myself of life’s culinary indulgences, which includes having just a taste of anything and everything sweet.” 

Kelly of the food blog Just a Taste is hardly a novice when it comes to culinary creations and how to share them with others. With a master’s degree in broadcast journalism who detoured into the world of food to become a culinary school graduate, an accomplished apprentice of Food Network Kitchens (come on Kelly, who really is your favorite FN star?), and the author of Food Blogging for Dummies, Kelly proves that food blogging can be a serious vocation.

And yet, she hardly takes herself that seriously.

And that’s why I really enjoy her blog. She shares approachable recipes—with nary a sous vide in sight—to create a recipe collection most national food publications would be envious of and home cooks can latch onto for meals that hit the basics for easy family dinners while being supercharged enough to serve for company.

Bonus: Be sure to check out her how-to videos, teaching you how to craft everything from the basics of measuring flour to creating fruit roll-ups and how to proof bread in the dryer.

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Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza

Kelly totally rang my bell when she created this sauce-less pizza, one of my absolute favorite ways to eat pizza. But then she went and cooked up the kale for this round of dinner in bacon fat. And that is when she won my heart.

Recipe here.

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Easy Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

I’m serious. I was mere days away from creating a post of this same style of recipe, thanks to a small pan, big pieces of toast and a hungry daughter. But since Kelly has done all the heavy lifting for me, I think I’ll just enjoy hers instead.

Recipe here.

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Homemade Samoas Girl Scout Cookies

Because why should you have to wait for these caramel, chocolate and coconut lustful treats just once a year? That’s really all that needs to be said.

Recipe here.

See more of Kelly and Just a Taste here.

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Seasons-and-Suppers

Seasons and Suppers

“I’ve learned that eating well doesn’t have to involve lots of time, money or fancy ingredients. I also believe that if I’m making it myself, in my own kitchen, from good and fresh ingredients, I’m already a good part of the way to eating well.”

Who says food blogging isn’t a dangerous profession? Working with sharp objects. Taming flaming fires. And taking photos from above on lilting chairs that are far too easy to fall from when working for the ultimate food shot of a Dutch Baby (see below.)

At least that’s what was the result for Jennifer of the food blog Seasons and Suppers. Oh, and a broken wrist. But, da-da-da-daaaahhh! All in the name of the blog.

Blogging since 2010, this home-trained, Canadian cook’s transition to food blogger started far before her foray to online sharing thanks to a famished family who embraced her penchant for sweets and comfort food tendencies. Just so long as it doesn’t include cilantro.

I feel as if I’ve met a kindred spirit, what with her love of Real Housewives and her aversion to Brussels sprouts, but what keeps me coming back is the delicious food inspiration she delivers with every post. I’m especially fond of her main meals, one recipe section I feel I ignore too often on my own blog.

Seasonal cooking is at the forefront of Seasons and Suppers but her bread baking skills (she bakes all of the bread for her family!) could give any seasonal restrictions a serious run for their money.

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Peach Dutch Baby with Wild Blueberry Sauce

I’ve only experienced the Dutch Baby as a decadent breakfast treat, but oh man, what I have been missing! Thankfully, Jennifer has steered me into a new, enlightened direction.

Recipe here.

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Warm Roasted Tomato, Onion and Feta Salad

Another kindred spirit moment. My love of roasted tomatoes is reflected in this simple yet delicious recipe creation that boosts my love of tomatoes straight to the buffet table.

Recipe here.

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Chicken and Mushrooms in a Creamy Tarragon Sauce

I’m all in for skillet cooking, I mean, let’s make weeknight dinner creating easy, agreed? Mushrooms pair perfectly with tarragon and as a topper for chicken, makes a paltry poultry grand.

Recipe here.

See more of Jennifer and Seasons and Suppers here

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As always the conversation starts in the comments below. I’d love to hear what food blogs you’re reading now, even your own. Leave a link in the comments below.

To see previous month’s lists of food bloggers I’m following now, check out:

5 Food Blogs I’m Following Now — February 2014

5 Food Blogs I’m Following Now — March 2014

Next week I’ll be back with my regular Friday Faves link love format. Here’s to a great weekend of cooking and eating. Happy Friday.

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