Food blogging is more than just sharing recipes; it’s about community. Sharing each other’s accomplishments as well as your own. With millions of food blogs out there, just how do you find time to read them all? This past year, I was grateful to build strong friendships with other bloggers. Today, I wanted to share them with you. Not only are they great ladies, they also have awesome recipes to share.
I must admit, choosing only 10 was hard. I hate making lists because I don’t want anybody to feel excluded. However, I put my feelings aside because I wanted to highlight my friends. Please, if you didn’t make the list, it is nothing personal. Also, these are in no particular order:
Chick Fil Hate-Free Chicken Sandwiches from Juanita’s Cocina
1. Juanita’s Cocina – If there is one thing about Jen I love, it’s that she can tell stories. Scorpions in her bed. Rat poop in her purse. Reindeer poop. She’s probably the only food blog who can talk about poop then provide a recipe. With these funny stories is an awesome recipe, usually a good love-from-the-heart meal.
These are some of the Christmas cookies Kelly Bakes sent me for Christmas (her picture, not mine)
2. Kelly Bakes – I actually roomed with Kelly at The Big Summer Potluck then a few months later hung out with her at TechMunch Philly, so I can officially say I know her in person. Her personality is bright and witty, which always brightens my day and is reflected in her blog with her awesome storytelling skills. She even has an attention-needy cat, so she totally gets me.
Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Marshmallow Creme Frosting from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
3. Jen’s Favorite Cookies – I can’t even remember how Jen and I met, but now we talk all the time. Cookies are her specialty (hence her name), but don’t let that fool you – she’s baking up all kinds of desserts too. And I swear every time I visit her posts, she keeps getting better.
Smores Cheesecake from Tales of an Overtime Cook
4. Tales of an Overtime Cook – Miriam and I started chatting after she found me through a guest post I did on another blog. She is very knowledgeable and funny, not to mention we turn to each other for photography advice. Also, most of her recipes are unique creations, like putting graham cracker crumbs into cookies (that aren’t smores related) or purple potato latkes. Also, I’m pretty sure she never, ever sleeps. Need baking advice at midnight? Ask Miriam – she’s usually awake ;)
Chocolate-Dipped Biscoff Pillow Cookies from The Messy Baker (I actually got to try these cookies from Jennie herself – go make them now!)
5. The Messy Baker – If you need inspiration, Jennie is your girl. We both share our love of baking and photography (and making messes). Jennie is very easy to talk to, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a sour mood (publicly, at least). The only problem I have with her is she is a Baltimore Ravens fan.
Lemon Pie Tartlets from Magnolia Days
6. Magnolia Days – Renee is one of the sweetest bloggers I know (personality wise, although she also has a wide variety of desserts as well). She sent me a little gift in the mail because it reminded her of me. That’s how thoughtful she is. Renee blogs about food in general, so you can find a wide variety of recipes from dinners and sides to snacks and desserts.
Intense Chocolate Tart from Fork Vs. Spoon
7. Fork Vs. Spoon – I don’t think Mallory gets enough attention with her blog. I met Mallory during The Big Summer Potluck and we quickly realized we had a lot in common. We both are single and act older than our age, which people often make comments to us about our lifestyle (or at least my coworkers hassle me about it). We also share a huge love for desserts, especially when the word intense is in the title.
Pecan Pie Biscotti from What Smells So Good?
8. What Smells So Good? – Sarah and I have been Twitter friends for quite awhile, and I think she is another blogger who doesn’t get as much recognition as she deserves. I’m not sure how I ended up following her on Twitter, but one day she asked for recipe testers, and I volunteered. Sarah is a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant who has brilliant recipe ideas. When my friend asked for low fat cookie recipes, I asked Sarah for help. She gave me at least five recipes that even I, Miss Butter and Cream, would make.
Peanut Butter Cup Bark from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
9. Chocolate, Chocolate, and More – Ok, how can you not follow a blog with a name like that? Joan is always thinking of decadent desserts and snacks. I swear I end up bookmarking everything, especially since she tends to pair chocolate and peanut butter a lot. Joan also embraces the idea of community shares posts from other bloggers on her Facebook page, so if you are looking for inspiration, whether it is from Joan herself or a post she shares, I’m pretty sure you can’t run out of ideas with her.
The Difference Between Caramel And Butterscotch from Pastry Chef Online
10. Pastry Chef Online – If you have any interest in baking, you must go meet Jenni now. She is a trained pastry chef who goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable in the kitchen. Jenni really helped me out when my strawberry tiramisu was a disaster. She encouraged me to keep going and make my own lady fingers. And although I burned them (totally my fault), her recipe worked. Then she taught me the difference between caramel and butterscotch, which meant that I liked butterscotch this entire time. Jenni is very approachable, so you can ask her anything via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
It was tough, but these are 10 blogs I read often and highly recommend you do the same. For more blog reading, check out my good reads page.
Disclaimer: I have permission from these bloggers to post their photos for the sake of this round-up.