What would your list of your twelve favourite food blogs look like? It was more challenging than I thought to create a roster of one’s top dozen sites.
The charming blogger, Ewa, of Delishhh gave me a “Sunshine Award”. She blogs from not-too-distant Seattle, is careful in creating good posts, and features some unusual examples of Swedish cuisine among her many recipes, so I really do enjoy her site. Ewa and I share a fondness for lingonberries (give them a try, people), but I did not expect such a nice compliment out of the blue. Thank you, Ewa!
While I had noticed these cheerful badges on some blogs, I had not given much thought to the award. I now know more about the Sunshine Award. When one receives an award, she or he must:
1. Nominate 12 bloggers.
2. Put the award logo onto the sidebar or within a post.
3. Link the nominees within that post.
4. Let the nominees know they’ve received this award by commenting on their blogs.
5. FInally, link to the person from whom one has received this award
At first, I thought this seemed a bit like a chain letter or an online counterpart. For my younger readers, chain letters were sent via “snail mail” in “hard copies”. The letters arrived in something called “envelopes”. The enclosed printed epistles urged recipients to make 12 photocopies and send them to 12 people in order to have good luck and avoid doom n’ disaster. However, the Sunshine Award does not appear to have a dark side or any threatening aspect. The award is all about sunshine and love, right?
I decided to focus on food blogs, either exclusively or, at least, in part, on gustatory topics. I also chose to highlight those sites which are not the big-name-celebrity-chef-baker-or-amateur-cooks-who-have-made-it-so-big-in-the-blogospere-that-they-have-book-and/or-movie-deals. (Tired of my excessively hyphenated adjectives yet?) As this honour is completely subjective – as opposed to some objective criteria for blog awards?!? – I wanted to include blogs by good friends as well as those of people I have never met except via blogging.
Here are my nominees:
The Baking Barrister
A site I have discovered recently, BB is a young law-school graduate who is off to a great start with her new blog. Her diligence and variety of posts are impressive. The website is appealing, with a sleek design and many outstanding photos. I like BB’s combination of wit and prodigious blogging.
Blue Jean Gourmet
I found Nishta’s blog via the Haiti relief cookbook I bought (see Seven Spoons below). She has a clean-looking, well-written, informative, and fun blog, with many personal anecdotes. I was inspired to make fettucine alfredo right after reading her post on it. Nishta also likes Barbies with Afros and The Sound of Music – can someone be more qualified for an award?
Every Night A One Night Stand
This blog is by my friend, Jessie, who was volunteering in Vanuatu, when we were there. At that time, I had not met anyone who was doing a food blog before, and I enjoy keeping up with Jessie’s wanderings, academic pursuits, Ozzie life (in Ozstralia…), and her eclectic foods. Despite the blog’s name, it really is about food…get your mind out of the gutter.
The Food Addicts
This LA-based couple are very prolific in their food blog, with ample photos, in-depth diverse topics, and appealing recipes. Krissy and Daniel are passionate about cooking, baking, and eating in LA’s dining scene, and this comes across robustly in their blog. Also, their take on the chocoflan as miniatures inspired me to bake this dish finally, though as individual bundt cakes in my interpretation (stay tuned for my post shortly).
The Herbed Kitchen
This engaging site is a great gluten-free blog out of Toronto. There are many tempting recipes, with good directions and back stories on the site of “Ms. Whiteplates”, her nom de blog. Ms. Whiteplates is also very funny…the Sunshine Award also recognizes her acknowledgment of the fine line that separates the “buttless chaps” of motorcycle dudes from a contingent marching in a pride parade – a distinction which not everyone fathoms.
This prolific blog is over on Pender Island, just a few islands away from my own. Theresa captures the essence of food and life in the Gulf Islands, writes clearly, takes great photos, has professional training, and her dog makes me want to adopt a Shiba Inu. We met at an inter-island food conference, and she proved to be a real person, both funny and intelligent, like her blog.
The Kitchen Masochist
I recently came across this fascinating blog, with so many cross-cultural and sub-cultural aspects of its author, an American expatriate in the Philippines, who is a Third Culture Kid – a term I had never encountered but completely understand. I like her diverse recipes, photography, and tales of living overseas, which resonate deeply with me, as someone who has lived in four countries on three continents (OK, one of them was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, kind of not a continent, that Asia-Oceania, now is it?).
Memories in the Baking
Marysol has a sumptuous blog, filled with tantalizing photos, food styling par excellence, and humourous stories in her posts. Although I keep going back for the beautiful desserts, I made her gumbo, which was a great hit.
As a Canadian who believes in bilingualism, I am pleased by Pierre’s recipes in French, with their translations in English below. His recipes are chouette, delicieux, et a la mode (cool or hip, delicious, and fashionable – not the “a la mode” with ice cream on top, though that is usually a good idea). I also like Pierre’s food styling and amusing personal-interest stories of odd happenings around the globe.
More Canadian content! Tara has a wonderful less-is-more aesthetic, writes very well, and features great recipes. She also was involved as the Canadian representative for the international-food-bloggers Menu of Hope online raffle to raise money for the United Nations Food Programme (I was the winner of a great skillet this past round), and she did the “Blog Aid” cookbook, too. So kudos for all Tara’s generosity in her volunteer fundraising!
Willy or Won’t He
Again, Will is a good friend of mine going back many years when he invited me to his Thanksgiving dinner – worthy of Martha Stewart herself – in Ottawa. While his blog is more about life, art, and music in Italy and elsewhere during his travels, there have been a few food-related topics – and it is Italy, after all, and how far can one get from food there? Besides, if I did not include him, I fear the “bitch slap” that Will threatens to give anyone, who dares to gush about how romantic life must be in Rome.
The Witchy Kitchen
Stella has a fun and intriguing blog, with many witch-related images – not to mention encouraging people to adopt the unwanted black cats, which often languish in shelters. Good for you, Stella! I also like her great photos (I never had seen a Surinam cherry before, and it certainly is gorgeous), recipes, and remedies thrown in, too.