There are well over 16,000 food blogs and even more food related sites on the web. It is impossible to wade through them all, but for various reasons we manage to stumble on a few that we use regularly for recipes and inspiration. Here are a few favorites:
Closet Cooking: Kevin is a Toronto based Blogger. I find his recipes are almost always keepers and quite original. Often cooks up a batch of something and then turns it into several inspired meals. Good pictures. Our keepers include Greek Baked Shrimp with Feta and Garlic, Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup, Mushroom Risotto, and Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Alfredo Pasta. Looking forward to trying Pumpkin Shrimp Bisque.
Pioneer Woman: This blog is not purely about food. Ree blogs about ranch life, children and animals, photography, comfort food in a comfortable manner that makes her feel like a friend. Ree’s brisket recipe is melt-in-your-mouth-to-die-for.
Homesick Texan: A Texan living in NYC. Great recipes, lotsa spice. Two of our particular favorites are Hatch Chili Apple Cobbler (note that Hatch chilies are not available in Ottawa but roasted poblanos or canned green chillies work well) and Red Chili Seafood Chowder. Look forward to trying her Chicken Tortilla Casserole, Tomato Bacon Pie and Green Chili Cheese Steak.
Serious Eats: Not a blog but a foodie site. Great recipes, hot topics regarding food, great restaurant and eating out guide for traveling in the States. I found a keeper recipe for Shrimp Puttanesca here (and posted a blog entry when we put it on pizza) and can’t wait to try Tamarind Rice, Blackened Salmon with Coconut Couscous, Moroccan Baked Scallops and Shrimp Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Sauce.
The Kitchn: Features kitchens and recipes. This site often provides you with a handy slideshow and recipes for a theme such as 15 weekday chicken recipes or the like. I usually find one hit in a collection. Penne with Vodka Sauce, Hallumi Salad, Crawfish Dip, Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyere and Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef of some examples of what they feature.
Coconut and Lime: Rachel writes from Baltimore. Her blog is inspired and all recipes are her own creations. Originals that grab my attention are Green Chili Pineapple Chicken Chili, Winter Seafood Salad with Pomegranate and Beets, Beef Chorizo Potato Burritos and Fresh Jalapeno Dip.
Chow: This site is more of a large foodie network. You can post questions, get answers and search for recipes. Great site for finding say a recipe for Steak Diane and getting a few hits and then you can choose the one you think will fit your needs best. We found an excellent recipe here for Corn Chipotle Soup.
Mon Food Blog: Ottawa based. Always a good read. I like it because he posts simple, often intriguing recipes and has been recently inspired by a trip to Italy. Much but not all of his blog features Italian cooking. He includes his own tweaks and touches and often a little back ground history of a recipe. Great resource if you are looking for something a little different in the Italian arena. Recipes such as Celery Soup, Toasted flour Soup and Onion, Almond and Cinnamon Soup and Turnips with Green Olive Pesto pique my curiosity for sure. Comfort food pasta and sauces abound and the photography is excellent.
White on Rice Couple: Diane and Todd are California based food and lifestyle photographers. Excellent food photography. Pretty Blog. Good reading. Can’t wait to try their beautiful Baked Tomato Breakfast.
Pinterest: I looooove Pinterest because I am always attracted first visually to a recipe. I would more often than not disregard a recipe with no photo. Pinterest is a social network where you post a small profile and begin following people. People will also find and follow you, especially if you pin or repin good stuff. You set up your own boards to pin to for your own use. Mine for instance are mostly but not all food related. When I scan Pinterest and see a recipe that looks good (remember it’s all pictorial) I will pin it to one of my boards. When I wish to make it, I can go back and click on the photo and it will bring me to the blog or page on the web where the recipe resides. It is a wonderful resource for recipes that are tried and true by other “pinners”, especially vegetarian recipes. Pinterest eliminates the need to save magazines or bookmark pages. All of your recipes are stored as pictures in file folders named by you. One click away. Pinterest will also lead you to other food blogs that interest you. Great resource for special needs eaters like diabetics, vegans and celiacs.