We are starting this beautiful Friday here in the midwest with a new blog feature called “Friday Foodies.” This feature is for people who love to look for delicious, new recipes online to make for their families. Each week we will be focusing on a different blogger and will be asking them to write about what 3 online recipe sites or blogs they visit to find great recipes. Through “Friday Foodies” it is my hope that we can all find some great recipes to make for the weekend to come! Please enjoy the following guest post from local blogger, Lauren Bonk.
Lauren Bonk is a certified baby wrangler, word enthusiast, and scatter-brain extraordinaire. She owns fifteen copies of Wuthering Heights and happily resides with her family in Nebraska. Read about her budgeting endeavors, food obsession, and mostly-chipper musings at LaurenBonk.com.
For as much as I love books and food, one would think I’d have a lot more cookbooks lying around my apartment.
The truth is, it’s just so much easier to hop online, type in the recipe I’m looking for, and place my laptop in a nearby (but splatter-proof) place. That, and our apartment’s so small we barely have room for all of our dishes, let alone a bunch of cookbooks.
I’ll be honest, most of the time I’ll type in something and quickly grab a recipe from sites like www.foodnetwork.com or www.allrecipes.com. These are quick, easy to search, and provide pretty good options for dinner. My favorite recipe sites, however, mix humor, personality, and good writing skills in with their tasty instructions.
This year, my husband and I bought a share with a local CSA. What this essentially means is that for 20 weeks of the summer, we’ve got more vegetables than we know what to do with. Mollie Katzen is a vegetarian lifesaver. She’s the author of The Enchanted Broccoli Forest; one of the few cookbooks we have in our apartment right now. Each recipe has personality written into it; Mollie’s got a rustic charm that is fun to read. The recipes are all vegetarian, but most would work just as well if we wanted to add meat. Her website offers a bunch of great recipes from her books…our favorite so far is the one for Avocado Enchiladas.
I love this blog for a lot of reasons, and not all of them are food-related. This blogger takes clear pictures, demonstrates easy-to-execute steps, and (my favorite part) has an interesting intro or story to go with each recipe. I love that the blogger doesn’t let the label of “Food Blog” get in the way of good writing. You’ve got to try the Perfect Oven Fries…They’re crunchy and salty, and they mostly eliminate the usual guilt that comes with eating a plate of fries.
This one might be familiar to a few of you, as The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) has a wildly successful personal blog to go along with its culinary counterpart. I’ll admit, I haven’t tried many of her recipes yet, but I love drooling over her beautifully taken food photography and reading her spunky, personal commentary. The Pioneer Woman delights in butter, half-and-half, and sweetened condensed milk…and makes you feel like a sinful partner-in-crime when she talks about adding them to her recipes. This recipe for Perfect Iced Coffee makes for an awesome afternoon pick-me-up.
What I love most about these food sites is that they don’t just engage my stomach; I always leave with hungry eyes and a satisfied brain.
What do you look for in a recipe website? Functionality? Visual appeal? Let us know what whets your online appetite!