As you read this I’m in Miami, FL, at a conference rubbing elbows with some of the greatest recipe developers, photographers and content creators on the www. Who are they? Food bloggers of course!
I’m often asked about new food blogs I’ve discovered, who I’m reading now, and where to find inspiration for great recipes and beautiful food photography.
Following is a short list of just some of the 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 pass by.
If you missed them, check out past month’s Food Blogs I’m Following now.
Get April 2014’s list here.
Get March 2014’s list here.
Get February 2014’s list here.
And now, let’s get straight to the foodie goods.
“I try to cook things that are practical, interesting, and delicious. I adore noodles, curry, lentils, and pasta. Is that the same as noodles? Doesn’t matter. I love it all.”
If you’re a food blogger, you’ve probably heard of the food blogging duo Pinch of Yum. If you aren’t a food blogger, this is certainly a food blog to put on your yum list.
This food blogging couple seem to have it all figured out. And parceled out. Lindsay handles all of the creative fun. She’s the force who comes up with recipe creations that make any home cook feel comfortable in attempting and drives readers wild with decadent food photography and fun, informative writing. From sauces to salad dressing I think of her as the photographer who has mastered the art of the drizzle (see recipes below.)
Bjork handles all of the business details and site development and not so fun part of blogging that makes other bloggers batty. I for one am absolutely envious of having someone deal with that end of my biz. Hey Lindsay, is Bjork cloneable?
Yes they have plenty of crazy good, family-friendly recipes on Pinch of Yum that has created a terrific and loyal rapport with their fans. But they’ve also figured out how to set themselves apart from the fold by offering up ebooks and blogging advice—some that’s paid and more that’s completely free—for bloggers of every level with their instructional program to start or grow a food blog with Food Blogger Pro.
But it doesn’t end there. Each month Bjork reveals their monthly Traffic and Income Reports, where they transparently share the ins and outs of exaclty how they make a money, and just how much (!) on their blog. It’s so informative and one of those light bulb / A-ha! posts that every food blogger, established or otherwise, looks forward to each month. And all the while keeping sane and holding full time jobs. For now. Because with success like this, there’s bound to be change.
Don’t miss: Lindsay and Bjork are not only hard working powerhouses when it comes to blogging and business, but they put their philanthropic hearts to work too. Check out their one-year journey of volunteering at a Philippines orphanage that will inspire you to rethink your own personal journey.
Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing
Almond butter puts the tang in this salad that is a complete meal in itself. And witness: the Queen of the drizzle.
Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa
Shrimp and garlic are a classic match. But usually with pasta. Instead, the superfood quinoa makes a substitution and scores big time. And witness: the Queen of the drizzle.
Stir Fried Singapore Noodles with Garlic Sauce
Fresh and light, perfectly poised for summer. Feel free to add chicken or shrimp. Because this is one of those dishes that goes either way. Hey! Where’s my drizzle?
See more of Lindsay and Bjork on Pinch of Yum here.
“I’ve got a sweet tooth that cannot be tamed, so consider yourself warned, you’re going to find a lot of desserts here. Life is just better with sugar and butter.”
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 34 times. I wish I was a baker. I wish I had the touch that transforms flour, sugar and baking soda into something, POOF!, magical. But no, instead I watch from afar, and try, try, try.
On the other hand, my friend Annalise of the baking blog Completely Delicious has that secret power and knows just the right tricks to create amazing sweets and treats with an occasional sangria thrown into the mixing bowl.
Through trial and error, Annalise is a self taught baker who delights me, and her readers, with consistent, proven recipes—hundreds and hundreds of them. Just look at this list here.
Her recipes aren’t the only thing that make her blog stand out among others in a sea of butter and brown sugar. I love that she actually educates her readers on the hits and misses of baking. She’s a trusted source with baking tutorials like How to Build a Layer Cake, How to Make a Perfectly Flaky Pie Crust (I know from experience this one works!) and even How to Bake on the Grill. Perfect for novices like me.
While her passion is baking, Annalise dabbles heavily in canning and creating new flavor profiles. In fact, I featured her in last summer’s issue of FoodieCrush magazine where she shared recipes for amazing infused vinegars, salts and sugars she created with our friend Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks. For Annalise it’s all about the creative baking journey.
Don’t miss: Each recipe comes with one of Annalise’s baking tips, a fool proof warning or solution to make your recipes complete. And, she’s now starting to post recipes besides baking on her blog (hello sangria!), and I for one am already a fan.
Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Tarts
They are the perfect combo of sweet and tart, they come in a cute little package, and the toasted meringue is the perfect alternative to the traditional dollop of whipped cream.
Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Bread
How in the world this lush bread could be low-fat, super flavorful and still look this gorgeous is exactly why Annalise is so good at taking the basics and making them even better.
How to Bake Flat Layer Cakes
I’ve linked to this in my Friday Faves before, but this is a tip that definitely bears repeating.
See more of Annalise and Completely Delicious here.
“There’s a delicate balance. On one hand, I feed my body the nutrition that it needs; on the other, I feed it what it wants. One is care, one is romance. Both are love.”
Let’s just keep this baking addiction train moving!
As I noted above, I have a fondness and admiration for bakers, and Stephanie has her hands in a plethora of mixing bowls. Even with a full load of baking, recipe development and blogging—not to mention a brand, spankin’ new baby, CONGRATS!—her blog Girl Versus Dough consistently delivers recipes for breads, rolls and desserts that put any of your favorite bakeries to shame.
While I seemed to have a knack in 5th grade 4-H for baking bread, these days I’m a bit wary. Why does it seem so intimidating? If you’re one like me who’s ready to kick that fear out the front door, Stephanie’s take on any and everything yeast-y is exactly what you need.
From classic and traditional to vegan and gluten-free, Girl Versus Dough’s recipes serve every bread lovers’ cravings with earthy and organic solutions to bread baking’s fickle ways. Plus, it gets your hands dirty. But only in the most wonderfully floury ways.
Bonus: Stephanie recently release her Girl Versus Dough Quick Bread Love eCookbook. For novices to experts alike, it’s a great one to add to your recipe creating collection. And don’t miss basic bread how-tos in her Bread 101 tips.
Raspberry Swirl Rolls
It will surely be a trial to resist scooping one of these swirlies in your mouth and washing it down with a warm latte. Why even try?
Peaches and Cream Streusel Bread
This dense but tender bread is mixed with fresh chunks of peaches and an oatmeal streusel topper. It’s like peaches and cream oatmeal that leaves a crumb trail.
Fig, Raspberry and Sea Salt Challah
Weekends are made for baking. This baby, oh this baby is going on the must try and hope not fail list. Can you imagine it as french toast? Because I know I am, right this very minute.
See more of Stephanie and Girl Verses Food here.
“After hearing me say, ‘I could make this at home,’ for the umpteenth time, Mike, my husband, challenged me to do it. ‘You’re always saying you can cook everything, so why don’t you?’”
Oh, thank goodness Stephanie listened to her man, because now this Saveur Best Cooking Blog winner continues to supply her devout fans with doses of cooking inspiration.
Before I Am a Food Blog was a twinkle in her followers eyes, I discovered Stephanie’s styling in her previous blog, Momofuku for 2, where Stephanie cooked her way through the Momofuku cookbook. In fact, I linked to her Chicken Pho recipe in my very first blog post.
Obviously, I Am a Food Blog food blog fan.
Not only am I taken by her interesting recipes and some of the best photography in food blogging (I mean, look at the detail and lighting!) but the design nerd in me totally geeks out over the typographic variety in her photo’s watermarks, expertly tying the name of the dish to it’s individual personality. It’s like a visual type lesson with each glance at her recipe index.
With everything from breakfast to cocktails, from Americana to Asian-inspired twists, I Am a Food Blog’s recipes always keep me coming back for seconds.
Don’t miss: Pre-order Stephanie’s cookbook Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook, it’s bound to be beyond visually inspiring.
Lemongrass Pork Meatball Quinoa Bowl Recipe
Subbing out traditional vermicelli rice noodles with quinoa the superfood makes this Vietnamese dish bowl-icious.
Brown Sugar Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich
Stephanie was worried her ice cream sandwiches wouldn’t live up to her childhood memories. I say the addition of bacon are definitely what bacon lover dreams are made of.
Chicken Fried Steak
Question: How in the heck do you take a photo that makes Chicken Fried Steak look so mouth watering good? Answer: You go ask Stephanie. But first, make it for breakfast.
See more of Stephanie and I Am a Food Blog here.
“I believe in whole foods, eating seasonal and organic and never being fanatic about anything. There should always be room for a bit of sweetness and comfort food, which I personally feel is an important part of a balanced diet and a healthy appetite.”
Armed with a soon-to-be-degree in Nutrition and Health, Josephine knows a thing or two about balanced eating, aka healthy eating, on her blog A Tasty Love Story. Featuring mostly vegetarian eats with the occasional meatball tossed in for good measure, A Tasty Love Story showcases a bounty of organic, whole food-based recipes that appeal to anyone with a penchant for living the good life.
Living in Denmark, Josephine shares her healthy Nordic look on life in her writing and brings it to life in her simple but far from boring recipe creations.
My only wish is that she’d share her inspirations more often because apparently I can’t get enough.
Don’t miss: Josephine’s impossibly pretty Instagram account. It’s an foodie’s must follow.
Sweet Breakfast Bowl with a Chia and Almond Base
There’s absolutely no reason to skip the most important meal of the day. Who’d want to when it looks as divine as this? Super foods = super day.
Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters with Homemade Semi-Dried Tomatoes in Oil
Cauliflower is one of the hot veggies of the moment, and when it’s cooked and make into a tidy little patty, even your favorite meat eater will be seduced by this hearty veg option.
Shaved Broccoli and Fennel Salad
Eating seasonal doesn’t get much better than this. Crunchy. Fresh. Nutty. It’s all there waiting to be devoured.
See more of Josephine and A Tasty Love Story here.
I hope this post leaves you with inspiration and a few new spots on the web to visit. If you have a fave food blog you’d like to share, put it in the comments below or email me at [email protected]
Happy weekending! Fill it full of good food.
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