Eggton – I discovered this blog in late 2011 as I started to become really involved with other food blogs for the first time. It’s written by the very funny Katherine who left her job as an attorney in the big city of New York to move to Alabama and entertain us by writing hilarious posts about her experiences, accompanied by delicious recipes and adorable photos of her pups. Here’s her backstory which is also the first post on her blog. I started reading her back here and spent the next few hours reading all of her posts from the archives. And then every post since. You should too. Try not to snort coffe out of your nose. After all, who hasn't done this with the hotel minibar?
Movita Beaucoup – This one’s another blog full of humor and good recipes. Movita Beaucoup aka Rachael Dyer is a ballet teacher recently turned baking school student whose seasonal competitions (Pumpkin carving, gingerbread house making and birthday cake baking) have become legend. Because of the rigors of school, her posts don’t come as often as they used to, but I always do a small happy dance when there is a new one in my inbox. And she has the best one pot, yes: pot, brownie recipe.
Pastrychefonline - Jenni Field is a former special ed teacher who became a pastry chef, who loves to teach. And we are her willing pupils! Because she is awesome like that. Her Facebook page is filled with happy postings of home life and kitchen shenanigans that draw friends into her world and the joy of baking and cooking. One of her specialties is Van Halen pound cake and she often bakes these for fans! Her website has wonderful recipes as well as explanatory videos that teach solid techniques. On my to-do list this year: homemade puff pastry from this video right here.
Dear Lauren, Love Mom - Each post is written as a letter from mother to daughter and it’s the stories of their lives in food. Many of them are touching and have great family history stories but each post is like a love letter with a good recipe (The best kind of love letter, don’t you think?) and this is the blog I most wish I had thought to write. Who doesn't want to leave her daughters with a legacy of recipes?
The Skint Foodie - A good fun read from a guy who was down and out and managed to pull his socks up. (N.B. Skint means broke.) I find his story inspiring in so many ways, not the least of which is his ability to create beautiful meals on a very frugal budget. Some of my favorite posts are the cheese board challenges, where he commits to choosing a cheeseboard, with three cheeses, for under £7.50 (US$12) which include notes from the cheese shop girl. I always learn so much and have added many To-Try cheeses to my list. As a single man living alone, he cooks for one and most of his posts are for delicious recipes for one or two. Perfect for me most of the year but easily doubled if you have a larger family. If you like the British sense of humor, you are gonna love this guy. And you cannot help but admire him.
One Man’s Meat - Conor Bofin is a funny, dry Irishman, with a great sense of humor, who is also a great cook. He has a way with words and cooks good wholesome food with a personal flair. His long-suffering family eats very well. He’s one of those bloggers that raises the game for commenters. When the writer is so witty, the commenters feel they need to be too. Or is that just me? And if you are a food blogger, you’ll like this one.
The Curvy Carrot - I found this blog while looking for vegetarian dishes for when my daughters were visiting. Shanon Lacy is a doctor, in fact, a board-certified pathologist to be exact, but except for on her About Me page it doesn’t come up and her recipes are all about being healthy and indulgent. Sometimes I just sit and browse because her gorgeous photos are so, well, gorgeous. And she made cheese soufflés!
And one final blog for today. I have many more on my list so I hope to do the occasional post like this till I get through them!
Back Road Journal - These beautiful recipes and photos come to us from Karen, who lives in a 1730s house in New England with 300 apple trees and a husband who, like her, loves to travel. The house is a feature in most posts lately, all decorated for Christmas, and, I can’t get enough of it! It’s not that I want to live in the country, but I would sure love that dream house. And to travel with her while she takes the back roads and enjoys the often missed good things that the freeway passes by.
I hope you pay these lovely people a visit and enjoy their blogs as much as I do. Tell them Stacy sent you. Some of them won't have a clue, but that's okay. :)
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