5 Favorite Food Blogs of the Moment

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Always with Butter is food, photos, recipes, and life written by Julie Marie Craig. She doesn’t post terribly often, but when she does trust me that it’s oh so worth your time.

Recent Favorites: Butter Mochi, Lemon Posset, Strawberry Icebox Cake

 

 

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Joy the Baker has been one of my favorite food blogs for years, not just the moment. If you’re not already familiar, she’s a self-taught baker who’s all too relatable in her writing and all too drool-inducing in the recipes she creates.

Recent Favorites: Shrimp Tempura Sushi Burritos, Summer Water, Roasted Strawberry Shortcakes with Basil Cream

 

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Kitchen Konfidence is another site that’s been a quiet and steady source of cooking inspiration. Brandon creates some the most epic cocktails, desserts, and so much more.

Recent Favorites: Orange Crush Cocktail, Broiled Zucchini with Bacon Breadcrumbs, Meyer Lemon Polenta Cake

 

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Love & Lemons is run by couple Jeanine and Jack, and it’s a great site full of mainly vegetarian recipes.  Everything is bright and seasonal – perfect if you’re trying to eat healthy or just enjoy the harvest.

Recent Favorites: Sara’s Strawberry Tabbouleh, Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

 

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Tartelette was very likely one of the first food blogs I started following years and years ago. Former pastry chef Helene Dujardin perfectly captures her beautifully seasonal recipes – many gluten-free – in words and photos.

Recent Favorites: Coconut Yogurt & Passion Fruit Tartlets, Brussels Sprout Salad with Hot Smoked Salmon & Cherries, Rhubarb Tart with Cashew Frangipane

 

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Pasta Salad 12 Ways

A picnic menu staple for decades, yup it’s pasta salad. But not the unappetizing kind covered in gobs of mayonnaise that makes you nervous whether it’s been out in the sun for too long. No sir, these twelve are the creative kind that will have everyone asking for the recipe.

 

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Flatbread 12 Ways

Flatbreads are perfect for just about every summer occasion I can think of.

Backyard get togethers? Check.
Candlelit dinner parties? Check.
Lazy movie marathons? Check.

See? I told you. So fire up the grill, prep your favorite toppings, and get creative. (Or check out these twelve recipes for a head start.)

 

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Matcha 12 Ways

I had my first experience with matcha a few years ago in a tea shop in Oklahoma City. So what is the stuff exactly? Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. Now that’s not so intimidating, right? Turns out you can make all kinds of delicious things with it besides tea and lattes, too. Read on for twelve of them.

 

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Mug Cakes 10 Ways

One evening this past winter I was craving something sweet but not too terrible for me when I fell down the rabbit hole that is mug cakes. Single-servings of cake that can be made with a few simple ingredients from your pantry and cooked in the microwave for a few minutes – instant gratification!

 

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Easter Stuffs

This year Easter is going to be exceptionally low-key in my family. One person will be out of town at the NCAA basketball tournament, a few people just moved into a new house and are still getting settled, and yet a few others have to work. Some holidays are just like that, and this is one of them. I’ll still be dyeing eggs Saturday as usual and maybe even making a batch of hot cross buns for the first time ever! Love these twenty ideas for fun DIYs and egg decorating below.

 

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ROW 1: Chocolate Dipped Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies // DIY Bunny Boxes    ROW 2: DIY Copper Wire Easter Baskets // DIY Easter Bunny Cactus Planter // Crazy Peep Milkshakes    ROW 3: DIY Faceted Easter Egg Place Card Holders // Foliage Easter Eggs // DIY Giant Origami Bunnies    ROW 4: Painterly Pink and Gold Easter Eggs // DIY Woven Paper Basket // Tropical Leaf Easter Eggs    ROW 5: Marbled Indigo Eggs // Easter Bread // Easter Egg Cream    ROW 6: Giant Knit Bunny // Marbled Easter Eggs Using Food Coloring // Miffy Chocolate Cookies    ROW 7: Paint Splattered Easter Eggs // Printable Easter Cones // Wood Grain Fold Art Flower Easter Eggs

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5 Favorite Food Blogs of the Moment

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Dolly and Oatmeal is a mainly plant based, gluten- and daily-free blog written by Lindsey Love. By cooking seasonally with fresh ingredients she promotes the natural timeline of nature’s bounty through her recipes.

Recent Favorites: Cranberry, Lemon + Poppyseed Breakfast Slice, Passion Fruit + Lemon-Ginger Fresca, Fruity Shredded Kale Salad

 

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Fix Feast Flair is the perfect mix of baking, cooking, and mixed drinks. Food blogger Alana focuses on coming together around the table, be it cooking, baking, dining, or nerding out on provisions.

Recent Favorites: Mixed Greens SaladSticky Rice Stuffing, Double Chocolate Quick Bread Loaf with Blood Orange Glaze

 

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Kitchen Konfidence was born out of blogger Brandon’s desire to cook outside of his comfort zone. Plenty of desserts, seasonal ingredients, and multicultural experiments will have you waiting for the next recipe he shares.

Recent Favorites: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey, Smoked Paprika and Lime Yogurt, Meyer Lemon Polenta Cake, Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel and Pretzel Crumble

 

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Love & Olive Oil is the culinary adventures of Lindsay and Taylor catalogued. The site’s pages overflow with flavorful dishes that won’t break the budget.

Recent Favorites: Crispy Potato Latkes with Spiced Pear Compote, The Prickly Lady Cocktail, Orange Blossom Almond Cream Tart for Two

 

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Yes to Yolks is where self-taught cook Molly shares healthy, well-balanced dishes with a dash of indulgence. And after years of cooking food for friends and family she decided to get it together and put all of her thoughts, recipes, and pictures in one place. We’re all benefitting immensely from it!

Recent Favorites: Farro Grain Bowls with Roasted Fruit & Feta Cheese, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls, Peanut Butter Pretzels with Peanut Butter Ganache Filling

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Dutch Babies 12 Ways

Have you ever made a dutch baby pancake or tried one? I attempted to bake one a few years ago and failed miserably, haven’t tried again since. The thing is they supposedly aren’t difficult to make and I think I need to try again. These twelve variations look like a great place to start.

 

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A Floral Laden Spring Brunch

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While the temperatures as of late can be described as nothing other than frigid, I’m starting to have spring on the brain in a big way. And nothing says the hope of spring quite like a bounty of florals and lighter cuisine to help pull us out of winter’s grasp. So last weekend I invited some friends over to take advantage of a cold, bright late Sunday morning.

 

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I pulled together the table the day before to make Sunday morning as easy as possible, and the entire house felt instantly brighter! A pink and green striped runner, a dozen votive candles, and two big vases full of flowers were front and center. Then each place setting received a few blooms for a special touch, all tied up with a length of green and white baker’s twine. If you don’t own an affordable set of simple white dishes I couldn’t recommend doing so more – I use them for every single get together.

 

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Because my dining room buffet is overflowing with plants, most of my get togethers that include eating are buffet style on the kitchen island. Waiting around the corner were five simple dishes – sweet potato and spinach breakfast casserole, crispy sweet potato roast with herbed coconut creme fraiche, roasted garlic and tomato lentil salad, strawberry cream cheese breakfast pastries, and brown butter banana pudding. I pulled together most of these dishes the night before so all I had to do was finish up Sunday morning.

 

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I’m thrilled with how simple yet put together everything felt, and my guests seemed to echo the sentiment as we first indulged and then sat talking over coffee through mid-afternoon.

 

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Messy floral arrangements are some of my favorites, especially with a mix of varietals like I used here. I purchased two of these matching vases a few years back and love them because they’re the perfect height, no views across the table are blocked. I’ll even use them for shorter blooms to create a more artsy piece.

 

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Whether you know me in person or on the web, you probably know how much I love my five pets. (Like, a lot.) I’m definitely guilty of spoiling and including them in festivities whenever possible. My youngest cat, Rainey, loves being around the table when it comes time to eat – you’d think she was one of the dogs the ways she sits patiently waiting. But the one way I don’t indulge my cats is by giving them table food. It was easy to keep those laser-like stares at bay by treating her to a can of Fancy Feast Medleys.

 

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We were both excited when Fancy Feast introduced four varieties of pate to their Medleys line. Each can is full of inspired combinations of ingredients that Rainey couldn’t wait to devour. And because they have accents of vegetables, garden greens, or even cheese I can feel like I’m treating her to something special. Check out more information and get a free sample for your favorite feline companion at discovermedleys.com.

 

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This post sponsored by Fancy Feast. I received compensation, though all words and opinions are my own as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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Jollypop

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The most basic of candies – the lollipop – has been reimagined as a full on sensory experience thanks to Jollypop! Interesting shapes, textures, and flavors come together with natural colors to make a familiar thing brand new.

 

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