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La Tartine Gourmande

December 9, 2009 • 5 Comments

La Tartine Gourmande

-Helen

At La Tartine Gourmande, the pictures alone make me want to make the site my homepage. A French expat living in Boston, Bea is a food stylist, photographer, and writer who uses her blog as a place to discuss the food from her homeland. The recipes are written in both French and English, and they range from baby food to pastry. My favorite recipe (so far) is the gluten free Hazelnut Chocolate Muffins (pictured), made with hazelnut and buckwheat flours and... frosting. Perhaps not technically muffins, they look beautiful regardless. So check her out -- soon you'll be coming back every day for new posts.

 

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Stay at Stove Dad

November 26, 2009 • 0 Comments

Stay at Stove Dad

There are thousands of cooking blogs -- we bring you highlights from the best.

-Helen

What's so appealing about John, the blogger behind Stay at Stove Dad (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Kitchen: A Site for Working Fathers Who Cook for Their Families), is that he doesn't glamorize cooking. Sure, he gets immense satisfaction from being the primary meal provider in his house, especially when his daughters try a new food and (shock!) like it, and he certainly turns out some delicious sounding meals himself, but he doesn't wax poetic. He's candid about his failures (apparently there's a good reason that busy New Yorkers rely so heavily upon pizza delivery), but proud of his triumphs (economic ribeye? A stretch, perhaps, but a delicious one). Check him out -- as much for the writing as for the recipes, as they're both a pleasure to read.

 

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Not Eating Out in New York

November 11, 2009 • 2 Comments

Not Eating Out in New York

There are thousands of cooking blogs -- we bring you highlights from the best.

In September 2006, Cathy Erway made a decision that caused fellow New Yorkers question her sanity: she stopped eating out. Entirely. No more street food, no more bar snacks, no more celebratory meals, no more New York pizza. Nothing. Like any respectable home cook, she started chronicling her home cooking on a blog -- Not Eating Out in New York. With health and sustainability in mind, Cathy rates all of her recipes with brownie points, which quantify each recipe in terms of health (1 is good... her 11 brownie chocolate cake is lethal); maple leaves which rate the recipe's green-ness; and cost. Her most recent post, Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Arugula and Hazelnuts (2 brownie points, 7 maple leaves, total cost $2.70) is a seasonal dish that walks you through adapting a classic recipe for gnocchi made with sweet potatoes. In February 2010, Gotham/Penguin will publish her memoir, titled "The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove". Check out her site, it puts the rest of us takeout-loving New Yorkers to shame. -Helen

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What's for Lunch, Dot? Again!

November 4, 2009 • 1 Comment

What's for Lunch, Dot? Again!

There are thousands of cooking blogs -- we bring you highlights from the best.

Way back when we were in our infancy, we featured Meredith Shanley's blog What's for Lunch, Dot. A food52 winner (Meredith Shanley on food52), she has continued posting great recipes on her blog, and we think it deserves another look. Meredith, a private chef and caterer, is hilarious ("Note that I don’t use any nuts in my brownies.  Frankly, by the time they’re done and cooled, I’m pretty much a woman on the verge and I want nothing standing between me and my chocolate fix.") Her writing makes you wish you were in the kitchen along side her, listening to the commentary and eating the food. She often has an eye toward healthier recipes (updating her beloved Buffalo wings to make a satisfying, sandwich that skips the frying and uses less butter and mayo) but knows when it's appropriate to indulge (see her Fudgey Brownies. Yowza.) And as a private chef/ caterer who is also a true home cook, she always has a helpful hint or two buried in the recipes. We love her blog, and you will too. -Helen

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TasteFood

October 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

TasteFood

(TasteFood's Tomato Tart)

More than fifteen years ago, TasteFood's Lynda Blalsev (TasteFood on food52) moved from Boston to Paris to go to culinary school, met and married a Dane, had a family, and lived in cities all over Europe. Currently living in the Bay area, Lynda chronicles the meals she makes with beautiful California produce, the fun in serving her foreign friends "American" flavors ( Black Bean and Corn Salsa), and the Danish food (Red Berry Soup with Cream) she learns from her husband's family. Her most recent post on Banana Cake is her thoughtful go-to recipe, and includes variations to add fiber or (more to my taste!) chocolate. So check her out! -Helen

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