It's a staple in the majority of my cooking posts - one ingredient that is almost always in play. My iPad. But seriously, where would I be without cooking blogs? More often than not, I'm pulling up a recipe from one of my favorite blogs on the ol' iPad and leaving saucy smudges all over its screen. I get tons of recipes and ideas from blogs, and because usually they’re written by people who haven’t gone to culinary school or who haven’t had any formal training, I get a little boost of confidence that I can make beautiful dishes, too! Here are five of my go-to faves:
Smitten Kitchen - Deb Perelman is the brains behind this great site. She’s hilarious, and her recipes pretty much always turn out for me. She’s got a cookbook out, but I prefer her blog for the anecdotes and real-life living she portrays while she’s getting food on the table for her family in NYC.
One of the many, many recipes I've tried and loved: Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
One I can’t wait to try: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
The Pioneer Woman Cooks - You've probably heard of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond; she has a cooking show on the Food Network as well as a few cookbooks out. But her blog is hilarious and her recipes are delicious and easy and feed an army!
One of the many, many recipes I've tried and loved: The Best Coffee Cake. Ever.
One I can’t wait to try: Cajun Chicken Pasta
Joy the Baker - Joy Wilson is a hip single lady who lives in L.A. and bakes her heart out. Her blog is full of honesty, and good life moments and lots of biscuits. Baking is her forte, but she has plenty of skills that stretch from sweet to savory, beverages to salads and beyond.
One of the many, many recipes I've tried and loved: Homemade Ginger Ale
One I can’t wait to try: Caramelized Mushroom and Onion Biscuits
Can You Stay for Dinner? - A couple years ago, Andie Mitchell lost 135 lbs and has been keeping it off ever since. Though she writes about her weight-loss journey, her blog’s focus is healthy ideas for all meals of the day (including dessert), as well as nutrition information and serving sizes. Plus, the way she writes about food – is ridiculous.
One of the many, many recipes I've tried and loved: Slow Cooked Barbecue Pulled Pork with Mango Slaw
One I can’t wait to try: Strawberry Crumb Bars
Lottie + Doof - This blog is by Tim Mazurek, who does a lot of foodie stuff in Chicago and for magazines like Bon Appetit, Saveur, Real Simple and more. His food is always beautiful, simple and perfectly flavored. Nothing goes up on the blog that hasn't been made and loved.
One of the many, many recipes I've tried and loved: Sugar Snap Salad
One I can’t wait to try: Rösti
What cooking blogs do you love? Any winning recipes?