11 Food Blogs You Need To Follow

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As a food blogger, it only makes sense for me to follow other food blogs.

Not just because we are an entire (amazing) community, but because when you create something, whether it’s food, art, jewelry or any other thing, you need inspiration.

I draw my inspiration from my mom, my friends, my family, my husband, my kids, (sometimes myself) and my fellow food bloggers.

I bet most of you follow at least 2-3 food blogs. You know, one for healthy eating, one for baking, one for great meat recipes, so today I wanted to share my 11 go-to food blogs; food blogs you just owe it to yourself to follow. They are all run by talented people and I love that you can feel their passion in every post.

 So here they are, your next go-to food blogs:

 Green Kitchen Stories:

I’ve recently discovered this beautiful blog. It is a blog that’s being run by a couple (in real life) and they share the task of running it (one cooks and develops recipes and the other bakes, edits and takes the photos). The blog focuses on eating healthy and wholesome vegetarian foods. The recipes are wonderful, the photos are mouthwatering and the writing is up-close and personal. I also love that the ingredients are not hard to find which means I can actually make the recipes (woo-hoo). This blog will definitely take your vegetarian dishes to the next level.

greenkitchenstories.com

 Guilty Kitchen:

I became familiar with Elizabeth’s blog through her book.

If you read through my blog you’ll see that I love using coconut oil whenever possible, and I also try to substitute various ingredients with their healthier version.

So imagine how thrilled I was when I first read Elizabeth’s book “Cooking with Coconut Oil”. The book was so great I had to check out the blog. This blog is full of healthy recipes that use coconut oil, it also has many recipes for people out there that follow the Paleo diet, and although I don’t follow this diet, I’m telling you, the recipes are SUPER good! You will love the simplicity, the writing and the “drool-able” photos.

guiltykitchen.com

Simple Bites:

I had the pleasure of meeting Aimee (Simple Bites editor) at the 1st Food Bloggers Conference that took place in Ontario last year. She came with her husband and daughter and I immediately knew that her blog was family focused, just the way I like it.

Her blog is full of great family stories (running an urban homestead will provide you with these) and amazing recipes for food made from scratch. She has great tips for cooking with kids, awesome tutorials and super inviting posts.

I love the photos, the recipes and the use of healthy, affordable and everyday ingredients.

 simplebites.net

The Baking Beauties:

Although I’m not celiac or Gluten intolerant, if you know me a bit by now you’ll know that I try to avoid gluten or minimize its presence when possible.

Jeannine’s Gluten Free blog is a must add to your bookmarks. She shares some pretty fantastic gluten free recipes ranging from breakfasts to desserts. I know Jeannine in person and can tell you that once her recipes go up on the blog, they are sure to be foolproof and oh-so-good. Whether your body embraces or rejects gluten, you will love this blog and all it has to offer – just like I did!

 Bakinggeuties.com

 Bakeaholic Mama:

I started following Carrie from Bakeaholicmama.Com through Instagram. I just loved her funny photos and happy attitude. In her blog she says about herself: “Busy Stay at home mom of 3. Trying to fulfill my baking addiction while eating my veggies” and that’s exactly what she does 🙂 Carrie has so many baked goods recipes that are to die for! Yeah, not all of them will help you with your diet but you’ll probably end up just coming back to them every single time. She is funny, talented and has a way of making you empathize with whatever she writes about (she also has 3 adorable helpers). Her photos are delicious and her blog is in one word – priceless!

 bakeaholicmama.com

Smitten Kitchen:

This is one of the first food blogs I have ever discovered and I keep following it to this day. Every photo makes me hungry and every recipe is made of ingredients I usually have available. You’ll find amazing cooked dishes as well as wonderful baked goods. The recipes will take you step by step and you’ll be amazed at what you just created. This one is seriously addictive. And to think that Deb (the editor) creates everything in her tiny kitchen! Inspiring!

 smittenkitchen.com

All Day I dream About Food:

Carolyn is the mastermind behind this beautiful blog. She is Diabetic and other than that she blogs about delicious mostly low carb, gluten free food. So imagine the benefits of browsing through her blog and making her recipes.

Beautiful shots, great recipes and fabulous writing are just the beginning. I am hooked on this blog and loving how it proves that there are no limits when you have the passion.

 alldayidreamaboutfood.com

The Shiksa in the Kitchen:

While looking for a traditional Jewish holiday recipe I found Tori’s blog a couple of years ago. If you browse through, you’ll find delicious recipes with easy to follow instructions and stories about food history that will pull you right in. You’ll also find Jewish dishes with a twist and beautiful photographs. I love Tori’s blog; it makes me feel at home.

theshiksa.com

The Healthy Apple:

TheHealthyApple.Com is basically a guide to clean eating. You see, after suffering with digestive issues for years and receiving a life-changing diagnosis that would change her life, Amie decided to not give up and look at the bright side. She developed some pretty awesome recipes and a lifestyle that is totally admirable. She is (a personal chef among other things) sharing gluten free, organic, dairy free, vegan and just super healthy and nutritious recipes that not only look great but taste amazing as well (believe me, I tried some). I totally admire her lifestyle and her positive attitude. When you feel you would like to treat your body, just pick a recipe from her blog.

thehealthyapple.com

Kitchen Meets Girl:

Ashley’s blog KitchenMeetsGirl.Com is the living proof that absolutely everyone can cook! From declaring that she will not cook to having her own successful food blog, this fact alone should get everyone go ahead and check out her blog.

But seriously, the shots are astonishing and the recipes are so easy and healthy and nourishing. This blog has so many inspiring ideas, giveaways and really just good stuff! It is family focused and sure enough, everyone in your family will be happy if you make some of the recipes Ashley posts. Pizza, Chicken, Brownies, Soups, Breads – it’s all there. I keep checking it out daily. Yumm!

kitchenmeetsgirl.com

365 Days of Baking:

You are going to love Lynne! She is funny and friendly and just a fun personality, and adding these to her recipes is just perfect. I love her blog and her recipes. I always find something easy to make on the go and I always have the ingredients in hand. Tons of desserts, baked goods, dinners, lunches and just everything! And it all looks so good! The posts are fun and inviting and sometimes I find myself checking them out just for the sake of reading a fun post. A keeper!

365daysofbaking.com

Isn’t it inspiring to know that so many people share the same passion yet find so many different ways to express and share it? I think it’s amazing!

11 Food Blogs You Needd To Follow11 Food Blogs You Need To Follow

As a food blogger, it only makes sense for me to follow other food blogs. Not just because we are an entire (amazing) community, but because when you create something, whether it’s food, art, jewelry or any other thing, you need inspiration. I draw my inspiration from my mom, my friends, my family, my husband, […]

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National BBQ Day and My Grilled Lemon Zucchini

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News flash to self, there is such a thing as “National BBQ Day”. Yup, I just learned that a few weeks ago through the Food Bloggers of Canada Website.

FBC is working together with Meal Exchange to promote National BBQ Day, how wonderful is that?!

You’re probably sitting there starring at the screen thinking “what the heck”, well here’s what; Meal Exchange is a national youth-driven, registered charity that engages, educates and mobilizes youth to work with their communities to alleviate hunger locally, achieve food security, and develop solutions that attain sustainable food systems. And every year they celebrate National BBQ Day!

What is National BBQ Day?

Well, that’s when hundreds of grills across Canada are being fired up in support of Meal Exchange’s (now 4th) annual National BBQ Day which is a backyard celebration of local food. The first and only national event aimed at raising the profile of locally sourced foods, National BBQ Day encourages all Canadians to host a BBQ in their own backyard (or deck) with family and friends, using as much local food as possible; so if you are sitting there thinking this is awesome, you can actually participate by having a BBQ with friends and family and register your event on the National BBQ Day website (HERE).

You can then share your National BBQ Day experience through social media (#NationalBBQDay) and even win prizes (goes without saying that you will raise awareness of local foods available and where people across Canada can get them).

So now that I blabbed all that, the only last bit of information left to spill is WHEN.

Well, mark your calendars, Saturday, July 13th, 2013.

As for me, I’m pretty sure I’ll be around to fire up the grill. It’s summer and if you’ve been reading my posts for the past year or so, my favorite accessory in the summertime is my BBQ!

I decided to re-post an oldie but a goodie this time and remind everyone that there are vegetarian grilling options J. Here’s a wonderful recipe for Grilled Lemon Zucchinis. I can already taste them. Yum!

National BBQ Day and My Grilled Lemon Zucchini
Author: 
Recipe type: Vegetarian, BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ
 
Grilling in the summertime! Why go with meat and chicken when you can grill veggies? Here’s a super easy recipe for fresh lemony zucchinis
Ingredients
  • 3 Medium Sized Zucchinis (you can use large ones too)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ lemon – squeezed (you need the juice)
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional – 1 tsp Chopped Dill
Instructions
  1. Slice the Zucchinis length wise. Every slice needs to be about ½ cm thick (or ⅓ inch)
  2. Prepare the marinade: Mix all other ingredients well together until combined.
  3. Pour the marinade over the sliced zucchinis and make sure they are all covered in it.
  4. Place marinated zucchinis over a preheated BBQ wire rack; Heat over medium heat, covered, for about 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Zucchinis are ready when they are semi-soft.

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Grilled Lemon Zucchinis

News flash to self, there is such a thing as “National BBQ Day”. Yup, I just learned that a few weeks ago through the Food Bloggers of Canada Website. FBC is working together with Meal Exchange to promote National BBQ Day, how wonderful is that?! You’re probably sitting there starring at the screen thinking “what […]

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Growing Our Own Mushrooms – What A Cool Experience

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kids with mushroom kit

 

I already went on and on about the amazing Food Bloggers Conference I took part in. Also, I mentioned we all got to take a pretty sweet swag bag home. One of the conference sponsors was Mushrooms.Ca and what they gave us, in my opinion, was so incredible (and food related) that I had to share.

You see, as you may have already noticed browsing through my blog, I am a strong believer and supporter of healthy eating. I don’t like food colorings, processed foods or food additives and try to avoid these whenever possible. I like knowing where my food came from and know that it went through as little as possible before it got on my plate, and this is exactly why the mushroom growing kit I received at the conference was amazing to me. First of all I must admit, that I’ve never witnessed the growth of a mushroom. I mean, I know how it works in theory but I’ve never really had the chance to actually see how mushrooms grow, and second, I was beyond thrilled just knowing that I can share this with the kids. Thrilled to have the opportunity to show the kids and experience with them where our food comes from. So yeah, to me this mushroom kit was pretty awesome. Not to mention we love mushrooms at home. Really, my kids literally eat them as is, like a snack.

You’re probably asking yourself “what is this kit she is mumbling about?” well, it’s a kit where you grow your own oyster mushrooms. You get a mister with the kit and of course the instructions and you’re all set. Apparently mushrooms adore water, so we had to spray water on them using the mister at least twice a day. We also had to make sure they get enough light, so I placed the kit on my kitchen window, which made it really convenient since I’m mostly there anyway and can easily remember to water the mushrooms.

For the first 3 days after we opened the kit there was nothing, but then on the 3rd day the mushrooms started growing. By the 11th day they were so big and beautiful. We cropped our mushrooms and prepared a real nice and yummy brunch. The kids were thrilled. They grew their own food, how cool is that?

Now we found out that the kit is double sided and that we can grow the 2nd batch of mushrooms on the other side of the box. Can’t wait for the fun ahead!

 

Mushroom Kit Front and Back

Mushroom Kit Day 1

Mushroom Kit Day 3

Mushroom Kit Day 5

Mushroom Kit Day 6

Mushroom Kit Day 9

Mushroom Kit Day 10

Mushroom Kit Day 11

Mushroom Kit Day 11

  I already went on and on about the amazing Food Bloggers Conference I took part in. Also, I mentioned we all got to take a pretty sweet swag bag home. One of the conference sponsors was Mushrooms.Ca and what they gave us, in my opinion, was so incredible (and food related) that I had […]

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Birthday Party Aprons OR Letting My Inner Crazy Person Loose

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When it comes to my children’s birthdays I admit it, I am a bit of a lunatic. Not in the bad sense, in the best sense; for them anyway.

I will go out of my way to make any birthday memorable. If it’s the cake, the candle shape, the present, the presentation of it all, the party, the decorations, everything!

So every time the kids decide they want a birthday party I buckle up and dive into my next birthday project. I mean, hey, if it’s not going to be perfect it’s just not worth it.

And no, I am not encouraging my kids to be perfectionists or unbelievably competitive, they are not really aware of everything going on behind the scenes; they just like it when mommy is super engaged in the planning of their birthday and comes up with fun ideas.

So after making sure my son had a perfect “Mario Bros” birthday party, my daughter decided she wants to have a cupcake party. So we’re planning on baking cupcakes, getting cupcake decorations, having a cupcake table cover and of course the cupcakes treat bags. So I thought it would be pretty awesome if the kids get to take something home with them; something they can actually use later on and then it hit me; why don’t I make cute aprons? So I did.

Now, keep in mind that I am a full time employed mom with endless responsibilities, so I had to keep it simple; I had to think of a way to make these aprons fast and furious.

I’m not a seamstress really, and the only true sewing learning I ever took was in grade 4 when my mom (thankfully) sent me to sewing classes (I actually loved it!) so keep in mind that any knowledge I have of this craft is really super basic, but still, I think it’s a pretty useful craftsmanship.

What I did was go to the dollar store, buy a few kitchen towels (for what I have planned I needed them to be as plain as possible), get a few rolls of ribbon (fabric one) and a few buttons, that’s it. To make the aprons here’s what I did:

 

Kitchen towel DIY Aprons

 

Birthday Party Aprons OR Letting My Inner Crazy Person Loose
Author: 
Recipe type: Fun Aprons
Cuisine: Crafts
 
Ingredients
  • Kitchen Towel
  • Ribbon
  • String
  • Needle
  • Buttons
Instructions
  1. Fold 2 triangles on the back of your towel (Figure #1).
  2. Run a few stitches along each triangle’s sharp point (just to make sure the folds hold)
  3. Measure the ribbon length you will need to go around the waist to wear the apron, add 6 more inches and cut the ribbon in two.
  4. Connect (stitch) the ribbon halves to the sides of the waist line on your towel/apron (on the back – so the stitches are hidden), one on each side (so when you’re done you can tie them together around the waist)
  5. Same goes for the ribbon that goes around the neck (I used buttons to stitch the neck ribbons, just looks cuter)

Kitchen towel DIY Aprons

 

Kitchen towel DIY Aprons

You can use whatever towel design you want. I chose the plain ones because what I plan on doing is using the aprons for an activity where the kids will decorate their own aprons with permanent markers and thus personalizing them.

It takes patience and some sewing skills (minimal) but hey, the results are all worth it!

Kitchen towel DIY Aprons

Kitchen towel DIY Aprons

Kitchen towel DIY Aprons

When it comes to my children’s birthdays I admit it, I am a bit of a lunatic. Not in the bad sense, in the best sense; for them anyway. I will go out of my way to make any birthday memorable. If it’s the cake, the candle shape, the present, the presentation of it all, […]

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FBC2013 – Food Bloggers of Canada Conference – Been there, Done that, Loved it!

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When I entered my “Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies” recipe to the “My Cookies Are The Best” contest with “Manitoba Canola Growers” I didn’t really think I would win. Not that my cookies are not the best, don’t get me wrong, I just figured they are going to have so many entries that my chances are slim. Also, I only entered one recipe and some contestants entered more than one, but really, I’m a busy mom so I only had time for one entry, oh well I believe in just letting life lead you, and that’s what I did.

Imagine how shocked I was when one day I receive and email from Mardi at “Food Bloggers of Canada”  telling me that I won!! To be honest, I first thought it’s a spam. Not that I think Mardi is a spammer but really, the prize was so big, that I couldn’t believe I was one of two winners. After a couple of emails it was confirmed – “Manitoba Canola Growers” awarded me with the best prize EVER and I got to go on a fully paid trip to the first ever Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. Woohoo!!

So on April 11th I flew out to Toronto airport to meet the lovely ladies from “Manitoba Canola Growers” (Ellen Pruden and Jennifer Dyck) and Jeanine from “The Baking Beauties” who was the second winner in the contest and my roomie at the “Hockley Valley Resort” which is where the conference took place.

I am not going to rave about these girls here because then my post would end up being sooooo long, but I will say in one word that these girls were AMAZING.

The conference started with registration on Friday (April 12th) and that’s when we received our swag bags; and oh boy, we got so many gifts!! The conference sponsors were so generous and wonderful. We got a bag full of cook books, cookies, coupons, tablet stand, mushroom growing kit (will be detailed in separate post), a new Delta® kitchen faucet with Touch2O® Technology and so much more! I was so impressed and felt truly honored to take part in this conference.

Following registration, we had a reception with amazing finger food from all sponsors, great wine and even greater people. So much food and so many food bloggers, lovely food bloggers from all over Canada, it was so great to meet everyone.

Finger Food at reception

 

The fancy dinner after the reception was a hit. Other than having mouth watering food we got to listen to the conference Keynote speaker David Leite from LeitesCulinaria.com.

David is a funny, sarcastic, smart and experienced food blogger. He was full of charm and information and I felt truly inspired when he told us to “Be authentic – be yourself” – so true. Personally I thought it is such a wonderful guideline.

The second day was packed with fun, informative and inspiring sessions and speakers. From technical tips for your blog to monetizing, working with brands and photography 101, everything was covered and all of our questions were answered. We had another super fancy dinner later that evening with a variety of wines from “Wine Country Ontario” and after that, I think I just needed to process everything so I excused myself to our cozy room which ended the evening for me.

Cheese from Photography 101 at food bloggers conference

My Photography 101 Exercise

 

The third and last day was short. Some additional great sessions, lunch and then home. The challenging part was the packing. We had to pack SO MUCH! So many gifts, so many products, so much food! Did I already mention that we had amazing sponsors?

So yeah, I had the most amazing time ever spent with the gals from “Manitoba Canola Growers”, with Jeanine and with all the great people who attended the conference. I had great food, I met great people (food bloggers rock!), I was fortunate enough to get acquainted with Jeanine, Ellen and Jennifer, I was also super lucky to get on a limo with them and go and discover the farm life at Brian and Trudy’s farm right outside Meaford, ON.

Meaford, Ontarion - Farm Tractor

 

Cow - Meaford, Ontarion - Farm

 

I got to learn how Canola Oil is made, I got to understand that farm life is not as relaxing as it seems, I got to meet some cows and enjoy a yummy homemade lunch. I got to get awesome gifts and a new faucet (woot-woot) and mainly I got to relax and focus on what I love doing. Overall it was such an amazing conference and such a wonderful experience.

every farm needs a cat

Hey, every farm needs a cat

 

I can’t thank “Manitoba Canola Growers” enough for making this possible and to FBC for organizing such an unforgettable conference. I feel I made new friends, gained lots of knowledge and expanded my network. Isn’t that what it was all about? Mission accomplished! Well done everyone.

Limo Ride Home

 

 

book at food bloggers conference

When I entered my “Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies” recipe to the “My Cookies Are The Best” contest with “Manitoba Canola Growers” I didn’t really think I would win. Not that my cookies are not the best, don’t get me wrong, I just figured they are going to have so many entries that my chances are […]

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Cravings – Where do they come from and why now??

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Like any other normal human being, sometimes even I have cravings 🙂

You know how you put the kids in bed and you finally have the whole house to yourself and then you feel like you want to nibble on something but not sure what, or maybe during work you feel that if you won’t get that piece of chocolate in you right now, you won’t be responsible for any consequences? Read More

Like any other normal human being, sometimes even I have cravings 🙂 You know how you put the kids in bed and you finally have the whole house to yourself and then you feel like you want to nibble on something but not sure what, or maybe during work you feel that if you won’t […]

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Ready to go BBQ Skewers – A Tip

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I love barbequing! It’s so good and fast and easy!

We used to BBQ Hamburgers and Hot Dogs most of the time because they did not require advanced preparation.

When I had time, I thawed some Chicken thighs, cut into cubes, added spices and veggies, put on skewers and had a great feast when it was ready. But unfortunately most of the time I just don’t have the time for this whole process. Read More

I love barbequing! It’s so good and fast and easy! We used to BBQ Hamburgers and Hot Dogs most of the time because they did not require advanced preparation. When I had time, I thawed some Chicken thighs, cut into cubes, added spices and veggies, put on skewers and had a great feast when it […]

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