As much as I love traveling and writing about traveling, the truth is I have a “real” job that occupies most of my working day. Now, before you envision me punching in at the factory 9-5, let me say right up front that I have a pretty great “real” job. After paying my dues at an agency desk, I’ve been an independent PR consultant for almost ten years now, working with lots of different clients in all sorts of industries. For the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the wonderful folks at Vermont Creamery and, as part of my research for them, spend a lot of time on my computer looking at food blogs.
There are some truly fantastic food bloggers out there, and some of the blogs I’ve come across over the years have become my go-to for family dinner planning. I don’t mind cooking, but planning, shopping, prepping, and cleaning up after meals is a seriously time consuming endeavor– let alone taking the time to find new inspiration and recipes. So, in the category of completely miscellaneous and off topic, I thought I’d share some of my favorite foodie blogs with all of you. After all, if “one cannot think well, love well, or sleep well, if one has not dined well,” one certainly can’t adventure well.
1. Dinner: A Love Story. Love her writing, love her recipes, love her philosophy on food and parenting. Jenny Rosenstrach is the genius behind the “deconstructed family dinner,” offering recipes that can be broken down into a series of parts for those who prefer their food not touch. Who cares if my son won’t eat chicken soup if he’ll eat shredded chicken, noodles, and carrots, and dip his bread in the broth?
2. Mountain Mama Cooks. A new taco recipe every Tuesday. Need I say more? Kelley (Mountain Mama) lives in Park City, and her recipes lean toward satisfying, ski town food, but with a healthier attitude.
3. Healthy Seasonal Recipes. A Vermont girl like myself, Katie’s recipes use lots of local ingredients and highlight seasonal freshness. Her site is fresh and beautiful– it makes me want to eat a salad just looking at the pictures.
4. Momfilter. Remember Cookie Magazine? Well, the founders now share their food, travel and lifestyle tips on Momfilter. Even if you don’t find an idea for dinner, you might find a cute new pair of boots.
5. EatingWell. Yes, as in the magazine. EatingWell is one of only two magazines I maintain a subscription to (the other one is AFAR). I find at least a couple of recipes in every issue, and the website is absolutely FULL of menu and recipe ideas. If you love a warm chocolate chip cookie even half as much as I do, check out Bev’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, made with oats and whole wheat flour.
6. Dulce Delight. Not even close to being a “mommy blogger,” Raiza’s cooking and baking videos are bright, colorful, fun, and chock full of information. She encourages us to slow down and spend some time and love of the food we are cooking for our friends and family. I’ve bookmarked her Perfect Blueberry Pie (my son’s favorite food in the world) to make this summer when berries are in season.
7. Mad Hungry. Lucinda Scala Quinn is Martha Stewart’s executive food editor and her blog, Mad Hungry, is all about cooking for her husband and three sons. Her recipes, writing and demeanor are full of energy and a love of great food. She has a great Instagram Feed too.
8. FamilyStyle Food. This is one of my favorites. In fact, I just popped over to grab the url and ended up deciding that I need to make this Lemon Ricotta Cake with Mascarpone for my friend’s birthday next week.
I would love to hear about other great food blogs out there, especially if they’ll give me some inspiration for dinner tonight. Please share them here in the comments– thanks!