As a stay at home mom (SAHM), I know firsthand how difficult it can be to put a hot tasty meal on the table every day, especially with toddlers underfoot. Part of the challenge is in finding new ideas for what to make and how to be more efficient in the kitchen. Soon after becoming a SAHM, I hit upon a few truly wonderful foodie blogs that have literally saved the day for me at dinnertime. Each of these blogs offers something unique for the home cook: new ideas, recipes, time and money saving tips, inspirations, or just a virtual “friend” in the kitchen. Here is my list of the best foodie blogs for the home cook.
Best Diet Foodie Blog: Gina’s WW Recipes
Writer: Gina Homolka
Blog Topics: Simple healthy recipes, low fat and calories, quick and simple recipes, using natural whole foods (no artificial sweeteners)
Gina began this foodie blog in 2008 because she found it a challenge to find good Weight Watchers recipes on the internet. Gina loves the fact that her blog helps to keep her “skinny” while also challenging her to keep creating healthy new recipes. The blog also provides her an outlet for her love of photography. This blog is a godsend to anyone following Weight Watchers or any weight reducing diet who is in desperate need of new, delicious, healthy recipes. No need to buy an expensive recipe book. Just wander on over to Gina’s blog!
Each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous photograph of the dish, Weight Watchers points, calories, fat grams, protein, fiber, and carb information as well as serving sizes. Recipes are searchable by points, by category, or by cost. There is also a great deal of helpful Weight Watchers information such as how to calculate daily points. Don’t confuse the Weight Watchers label with bland and tasteless. Each recipe I have tried is delicious and no one would ever know it was a “diet” recipe unless you told them. In fact, Gina prides herself on not sacrificing taste just to get a low points value. Thanks Gina for helping your foodie blog readers lose weight and be healthy one recipe at a time.
Best Original Recipe Foodie Blog: Picky Palate
Writer: Jenny Flake
Blog Topics: Baking, comfort food, feeding picky eaters, original recipes
I love Jenny’s blog! Jenny is a married stay at home mom of two boys and former dental hygienist who has found her calling as a foodie blog diva. Her blog began in 2007 as a way to chronicle feeding her own “picky palates”, her two sons and husband. For someone who started out not knowing what to do in her own kitchen, Jenny sure has come a long way. In addition to her popular blog, she also makes frequent appearances in cooking competitions. You may have seen Jenny on TV in seasons one and two of Ultimate Recipe Showdown with Guy Fieri. Jenny has also been in the Pillsbury Bake-Off twice, once in 2004 and again in 2006. What amazes me about Jenny is that she creates most of her own recipes. Picky Palate is heavy on the baked goods and sweets but there are also enough savory foods covered to please everyone. Jenny’s goal is to “provide new and exciting dishes to bring to your kitchen tables.” She has achieved her goal.
Best Comfort Food Foodie Blog: The Pioneer Woman
Writer: Ree Drummond
Blog Topics: Comfort food, man (uh…cowboy) food
Ree Drummond is my personal foodie hero! She describes herself as “not over polished, too serious, and a little weird.” That combination sure adds up to a whole lot of deliciousness. This thirty-something mother of four, ranch wife, former city dweller, and blogger turned author has recently published her first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. Ree specializes in good old fashioned down home man pleasing food. No health food to be found here! Ree is a pure comfort girl. Butter and bacon appear frequently in her recipes with no apologies from Ree. Perhaps this comes as no surprise, given she lives in the middle of nowhere on a cattle ranch and frequently feeds starving cattlemen. Her blog (and cookbook) feature each recipe step by step in photographs making it easy for the home cook to know they’re getting it right. This foodie blog even has its own spin-off blog called Tasty Kitchen where Ree’s fans can share their own recipes. This foodie blog also includes a helpful visual recipe index.
Best Baking Foodie Blog: Bakerella
Author: Angie Dudley
Blog Topics: Fun and easy baking
Bakerella sings my tune: easy delicious baking recipes. Did I mention that they’re easy? Bakerella is perfect for those of you who like me are baking challenged. Creator of the cupcake pop or bite (a truly breakthrough idea), Bakerella also features cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and much more on her foodie blog. Her decorating of baked goods is truly awe inspiring. While the actual baking is easy enough for most home cooks, the decorating of various baking projects is actually pretty advanced, at least for this home cook. But my, oh my how gorgeous it is! Bakerella’s work has also appeared in the pages of Woman’s Day and on the Martha Stewart Show.
Best Family Run Foodie Blog: The Sisters Café
Writers: Sisters Melanie, Brittany, Mindy, Erin, and Amy
Blog Topics: Family recipe collection
These five sisters each post their best recipes to create a virtual cookbook. The variety is truly amazing. They even include their cherished family recipes from their mother and grandmother. Each recipe is searchable by food category, special even, ingredient, and sister.
Best Quick and Easy Cooking Foodie Blog: A Year of Slowcooking
Writer: Stephanie O’Dea
Blog Topics: Crockpot cooking, gluten free recipes
Stephanie is a self described Crockpot obsessed freelance writer and author of the cookbook Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking. This foodie blog began as a Stephanie’s New Year’s resolution to use her Crockpot every day in 2008. What began as a challenge chronicled on a foodie blog has grown to a cookbook and an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show. Stephanie’s youngest daughter has Celiac disease and can’t eat any gluten products. So, you will find no gluten in any of Stephanie’s recipes. This foodie blog is one of the few that I have seen that combines a quick easy cooking method with tasty gluten free recipes. There are some ingredients that may be unfamiliar to the reader but for the most part Stephanie uses common ingredients. Each recipe is accompanied by photographs, detailed instructions, and a verdict from Stephanie as to how the recipe tasted. This foodie blog inspired me to use my Crockpot more.
Best Budget Friendly Foodie Blog: Economical Eats
Blog Topics: Frugal recipes, homemade convenience foods, cooking from scratch
Heather, a SAHM with three kids, blogs about living simply and frugally in order to live a more meaningful life. I began following Heather on her frugal living blog Want What You Have and migrated over to her thrifty food blog Economical Eats. What a wealth of information on how to save money, eat healthy, and create replacements for processed foods. My favorite thing about Heather’s foodie blog is that she uses real natural everyday things I actually have in my own pantry. Heather’s recipes are also kid friendly. Especially good to try are her coffee and tea mixes, rice-a-roni clone, and cream soup substitute.
Best Kid Friendly Foodie Blog: Gourmet Mom On-The-Go
Blog Topics: Kid friendly food, cooking with kids
This kid friendly foodie blog is written by a mom of three who loves to cook with and for her kids. And it shows. I can’t believe the number of great ideas I have gotten from her site. Those of you with little girls will find a treasure trove of ideas for girlie, foodie fun. Most recipes on the blog are geared towards kids, but there are a few of Mandy’s gourmet treats included as well.
Best Time Saving Foodie Blog: Cooking During Stolen Moments
Blog Topics: Make ahead cooking, time saving tips
I had never heard of make ahead cooking until I happened upon this sanity saving blog. Written by Kate, a SAHM with four kids, this foodie blog is a life saver for the dinner time craziness that ensues in most busy toddler filled households. Stolen moments cooking began as a better way for Kate get a meal on the table.Her method, taking advantage of stolen moments throughout her day to prepare dinner a little at a time, is wonderful. Most recipes are from scratch and budget friendly and ready by mid afternoon, ready to pop in the oven or happily bubbling away awaiting the hungry dinner crowd.
Best All-Around Foodie Blog: Tammy’s Kitchen
Blog Topics: From scratch cooking
Tammy, wife and mom of four, began her foodie blog in 2006 as a way to help encourage those of us who get a little down about the thought of cooking another ho-hum meal. Tammy is a genius! Her recipes are so delicious I can’t even describe it. Her pot roast recipe is now my family pot roast recipe. Her baked cheese spaghetti is now a family favorite. And so on. And so on. And so on. Each one of Tammy’s recipes is accompanied by a mouthwatering picture and clear concise step by step directions. Tammy always rates each recipe and readers of the blog are invited to rate the recipes as well. This foodie blog also hosts Kitchen Tip Tuesdays in which Tammy blogs about one of her favorite kitchen tips and invites readers to offer theirs. Tammy’s goal is to “offer everyday cooking inspiration through my blog and tried and true recipes-taste tested, husband approved, pictures provided, and community rated.” Thank-you Tammy!