Top 5 Friday: Foodie Blogs

on July 29, 2011 in That's delish., TOP 5 FRIDAY with 19 comments by

I’ve decided that I want to add more foodie blogs to my google reader. [Our grandparents would totally not understand that sentence.] I have a few that I read and LOVE, but I want more More MORE!

With my new I cook or I don’t eat situation, I want to see pictures of beautiful healthy food and think, “I could make that” and then walk down and get the groceries I need and then make it. Shazaam. Like that.

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Here are my five favorite foodie blogs that I already read…. you may love them too!

#1. Pioneer Woman

Don’t we all? Let’s be honest. There’s not an internet nerd out there who isn’t subscribed to her. Her photos. Her recipes. They are beautiful and delicious and sometimes less than healthy. But I love her.

#2. Joy The Baker

Lots of friends in Nashy love this blog and about eight different friends sent it to me in the same week. I was all, “Hey Joy The Baker… how did you just manage to invade our city?” She’s super cute and takes great photos and I’m pretty sure we’re gonna end up being friends. Only time will tell.

#3. The Perfect Bite

My friend Debbie runs this great website. She is way more adventurous than me and uses super cool ingredients. I read her blog mainly because I want to like the variety of foods she makes. Everything looks so beautiful. And yummy. Annie Parsons loves her. That’s enough proof for me. 🙂

#4. Dinner A Love Story

I love this family. They are funny and kind and interesting and if I was to live in New York, I would definitely invite myself over for dinner. Jenny often has different varieties of the same recipe, making it work for everyone in her family. As a lover of leftovers, that’s great for me too. She also has an amazing book out, Time for Dinner, that I highly recommend. [But we’re talking websites, Annie. Stay focused please. Sheesh.]

#5. Little Brooklyn Kitchen

Some friends of mine in NYC run this blog and it just holds a special place in my heart. They have simple recipes, perfect for 1-2 people, and it’s vegetarian – though not the way I eat, it’s nice for sides and good ideas. And I think the pictures are really well done.

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Who is your favorite foodie blogger / recipe website ? [Also- cooking for one can be a challenge… any thoughts on that?]


  1. posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:35 AM  |  reply

    1. Cup-a Cup-a Julie always writes an interesting story in connection with the recipe, which just makes it come to life even more.
    2. Tea & Cookies Absolutely lovely writing and photography. The recipes are always killer.
    3. Pioneer Woman Enough said.
    4. Love and Olive Oil Just recommended to me the other day. She apparently has a cookbook coming out soon!
    5. Orangette I read sporadically but when I do, I’m never disappointed.

    Cooking for one is a challenge! I try to make recipes that I can either freeze half of, or that I don’t mind leftovers for a few days. Halving recipes works sometimes, but not always.

  2. posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:39 AM  |  reply

    #1 – Pioneer Woman, of course.
    #2 – Gina’s Skinny Recipes -
    (For healthy recipes after PW.)
    #3 – Smitten Kitchen –
    (Her little boy is yummy, too.)
    #4 – Bakerella -
    (For all the eye candy. So pretty.)
    #5 – Amanda –
    (Love her recipes, photography, crafts and free fonts!)

  3. Susie
    posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM  |  reply

    I never comment (I prefer lurking), but you have inspired me to respond today because I LOVE foodie blogs. Here are a couple of favorites: (1) For the Love of Cooking: (usually pretty simple, usually pretty healthy); (2) Smitten Kitchen: (can be semi-difficult, but worth it); and (3) Iowa Girl Eats: (almost always healthy, fairly easy, totally yummy). Finally, it’s not a dedicated foodie blog, but I have gotten some creative and delish recipes, some of which I use virtually every week (see: Tacos de Kati) from Elefantitas Alegres: (search her “In the Kitchen” label). IGE and EA both cook for 2, so their recipes are great to make for 1 – guaranteed leftovers, but not so much that you’re eating the same darn thing day in and day out. Good luck! 🙂

  4. posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:04 AM  |  reply

    I usually just lurk from my reader but since I am a self-confessed recipe addict (I probably spend way more time reading recipes on the internet than one should ever allow themself to) here are my fave 5.

    1. Tasty Kitchen — I know it’s technically the PW, but I prefer it over her cooking site. My favorite aspect is that each recipe lets you change the # of servings then recalculates the ingredient measurements. Great for those of us cooking for only one.

    2. How Sweet Eats — She isn’t always healthy, but she’s super cute and has some great stuff.

    3. 80/20 – She is a dietitian who says eat healthy 80% of the time and splurge 20% of the time. She’s cooking for 2 so the recipes are smaller.

    4. Eat Live Run – I have recently started reading this blog. She’s a cute girl from the South but now lives in California. She loves good food, but makes healthy things.

    5. Simple Comfort Food —
    His recipes are usually around what’s available at the local farmer’s market. So fresh and local is the theme.

    Enjoy your time in Edinburgh. My favorite city I’ve ever visited. Excited to read how God uses and grows you during your time there.

  5. posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM  |  reply

    Yes, I second These recipes are healthy, easy, and very good. My husband and I enjoy several on a regular basis! Particularly, check out the Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp and the Western Omlete Potato Skins.

  6. posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM  |  reply

    Ah man Annie – that is some lovely company to be among. Thanks for the shout out. And yes, I am obsessed with the Pioneer Woman. Have you tried her panchetta and leek pasta? Life changing.

    Here are two of my favorite:
    Food Network Star Aarti Sequera – I love Indian food and she introduces it slowly and simply. And she’s funny as all get out.

    ANd fo ryou Gluten-free-fans my friend Miranda Runcie has a new site and she’s pretty darn creative.

    Thanks again Annie!

  7. Erin
    posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM  |  reply

    I love her!

  8. posted on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM  |  reply

    I have lots of favorites, but for the sake of this comment, I’ll only list the ones that haven’t been listed yet.

    1. Annie’s Eats –
    2. Big Girls, Small Kitchen –
    3. Finding Joy in My Kitchen –
    4. How Sweet It Is –
    5. Our Best Bites –

  9. posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 2:09 AM  |  reply

    check out smitten kitchen and bakerella! both are inspiring…and bakerella is the mastermind behind cakepops! *LOVE*

  10. Mama Downs
    posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:39 AM  |  reply

    I want to give another vote for Gina’s Skinny Recipes, Every recipe I have ever made from her was wonderful. Healthy but lots of flavor!!

  11. posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 6:01 AM  |  reply

    A friend of mine is a photographer and incredible cook. She has started her own garden and now posts recipes with incredible ideas of how to eat through your garden and CSA fresh produce. It’s amazing!

  12. Kim
    posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 8:04 AM  |  reply

    I love recipe blogs!

    #1 The Pioneer Woman!
    #2 Eat Live Run – I’ve read her for like 3 years now and watched her go from fitness blogger in Tampa to wine correspondent in Napa to dessert blogger to major recipe blog and all I can say is I love her.
    #3 Mis Pensamientos – We met online and have become blogging buddies! She’s the sweetest blogger out there who makes amazing recipes that are always healthy and super simple. Plus we swap our fave Bible verses for encouragement.
    #4 Kevin & Amanda – More than just recipes, but when she does post recipes they are totally swoon worthy (like this one:

  13. posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM  |  reply

    My new favorite is I happened upon it and am so glad I did.

  14. Kelli
    posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM  |  reply

    I, too, cook for one and generally do not have time to cook every day. I’ve found that making a casserole or soup once a week that will last me the whole week is best. Then, I can take a portion to work for lunch. This helps me eat more veggies and less meat. Depending on how much time I have on my cooking day, I may make two dishes – one to take for lunch and one for supper. I also make breakfast – either steel-cut oatmeal or peanut butter balls – once a week and eat it on the go since I walk to campus and work. Of course, this all depends on how much refrigerator and freezer space you have.

  15. posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 2:40 PM  |  reply

    Sweet! Donna suggested my blog and told me about it, which means I now have a new blog to read (yours) and more food blogs to read! Talk about awesome.

    Right now I cook for 2 and I really suggest making recipes for 2 people instead of 1. That saves you time, money, and dishes to wash. If you don’t like leftovers, perhaps you could find recipes for 2 and divide them by half. OR you could even freeze a lot of things, like casseroles and stews. I’m not a master food freezer (apart from like berries, which are so easy), but there are a ton of resources on the internet — those cook once per month (you freeze everything) bloggers would probably be especially helpful in regards to that.

  16. posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM  |  reply

    Too many allergies to follow half the recipes online without serious moderation (there are entire food groups I just can’t eat).

    But I do love looking at the pictures and seeing the healthier food blogs always makes me want to eat healthier so they’re more motivation for me than anything. 😀

  17. Lindsey
    posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 8:18 PM  |  reply

    Obviously, I am not the first to say so…but there are 2 blogs I can’t recommend highly enough, really: Skinny Taste and Smitten Kitchen!! Do it. You won’t regret it.

  18. posted on Aug 01, 2011 at 10:09 AM  |  reply

    The only one I really follow is the Dashing Dish. She’s great about taking dishes and making them healthy.

    I’m looking forward to checking out some of the ones others have listed.

  19. Harper0710
    posted on Sep 25, 2011 at 7:38 AM  |  reply

    Joy the Bakers Blog has been HACKED! I’m sooooo upset I just recently found out about her and had grown attached!

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