As you might imagine, my wife and I enjoy cooking. It’s from our passion for eating well that Earlywood has its roots. We’re always looking for new recipes and foodie blogs are where it’s at these days.
What makes a good food blog?
The best food blogs get us salivating and inspire us to cook great meals. They’re well-designed websites that are easy to navigate and include a searchable recipe index. We like blogs that provide handy tips as well as simple and easy-to-follow recipes. Beautiful photos pull us in, and we love authentic bloggers. We like people who give us the feeling that we know them. People like us with busy lives, kids and an honest love for food.
Here are our 3 favorites:
Chocolate and Zucchini is a fantastic blog by Clotilde Dusoulier. Her Pinterest-inspired blog, is searchable, but, if you’re like us, it pulls you in and you’ll find yourself deep into the site before long. Clotilde is French and lives with her husband and two children in Paris. For us regular old Americans, there’s just something kind of nice about the fact that she lives in Paris!
The idea of French cooking might be a little intimidating, what with Julia Child’s reputation, but Clotilde keeps it real and her cooking is inspired by two years she spent in California. Her focus is on fresh, seasonal and colorful foods, her recipes are accessible, and oh, so tasty. Try her Chicken in a Bread Crust recipe. It is a step-by-step guide that will have you feeling like a French chef.
Clotilde has been blogging since 2003 and does all her own photography. She’s also a prolific cookbook author and recipe developer. Give Chocolate and Zucchini a visit. You won’t be sorry. And hey, look, isn’t that an Earlywood coffee scoop she has featured for March’s desktop calendar? Yep. She’s a huge fan of Earlywood utensils… and we’re huge fans of her. Her openness, humor and honesty when blogging makes us feel like we are old friends!
Where would we be without salt? Better yet, where would we be without Not Without Salt?
Ashley Rodriguez is the blogger behind the classic, hearty recipes on Not Without Salt. Her dishes cross all cuisines and make use of creative and seasonal ingredients. She’s there for breakfast lunch and dinner, and although she once worked in a busy professional kitchen in Beverly Hills, her calling is to feed her husband and three children. We like knowing she’s cooking for five, because we’re cooking for four and it forces us to throw all excuses out the door and just cook and eat great food! She’s still got her dessert chops though, check out her Lemon Cake with Fresh Raspberries.
The Rodriguez family lives in Seattle, and Ashley recently published her first cookbook, Date Night In. Ashley says, “This is the story of nourishing our relationships and the food that connects us.” Talk about down to earth, and the recipes in the book (there are a several online) are downright delicious.
Her photos, which she shoots herself and which have gotten serious nods from the likes of Saveur.com, are great, especially her macro work. Her tight shots of fresh food will make you hungry in a second.
Spoon Fork Bacon is the work of Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park. As you might have gathered by the name, they’re a spunky duo with a fun approach to food. (Check out their BBQ Pulled Pork Pop Tarts for a home run at your next get together.)
Talk about down to earth and accessible. Teri and Jenny confess to loving hotdogs, and a recent post gives their readers some pretty creative glazes for donuts. Teri does all the photography for the site, and Jenny is a food stylist by trade. It’s a one-two punch for their stunning photos.
The site’s spare esthetic is pleasing, but you’ll find plenty of depth in their content, which is updated frequently. These women are pros at social media, and can be found across all platforms. Their Instagram feed will have you drooling, and if you’re an Instagram user and haven’t found us, we’re @earlywood_designs. Give us a follow while you’re there.
Need a little more inspiration? Check out Saveur Magazine’s roundup of their favorite food blogs. They cover everything from cocktails to diet-specific blogs.Now go make dinner fantastic. You don’t have any excuses.