2.13.2013

Virtual Joy

We’ve once again reached the point of winter at which consuming carbohydrates has actually become a hobby for me. I don’t know about you, but February just gets me every time. I’m sick and tired of donning a coat each time I go outside, I’m craving sunshine, and every afternoon, rather than work out or clean my sty ahem house, or do anything remotely healthy or productive, I eat bread or candy bars or pasta because it seems like the best option for me. I don’t do this at any other time of year, and I hate it. But it’s February, the weather is crap, and I just need to ride it out. March will be better.


While I’m sitting around binging, I’m not out and about all over New York State cultivating restaurant reviews for you. Again, winter is a cruel mistress, and travel is about as unappealing this time of year as cardio. So Big Hungry Melinda gave me a great idea for this week’s blog: a roundup of my favorite food and recipe sites on the interwebs these days. Her suggestion got me thinking about how very often we now turn to Google rather than The Joy of Cooking when we’re casting about for something to cook. I still love my cookbooks and recipe boxes, and pulling out a recipe card my Grandma scribbled out more than 50 years ago always makes me feel good. But increasingly, I, too, refer to some beloved blogs and sites for recipes, and other sites for fun food news and commentary. Here’s a look at my favorites tab:

Iowa Girl Eats


I discovered the Iowa Girl through a recipe on Pinterest for one of the most delicious salads ever: superfood salad. The combination of pomegranate arils, corn, orange, and cilantro in this salad kicked my tastebuds in the behind, and Kristin’s easy-going manner and consistently delicious-looking photos has kept me reading. Iowa Girl also brought cake balls into our lives, which Melinda made for my Miss America party this year, and now must make forevermore.



Huffington Post Food


Arianna Huffington is not generally the first person I think of when ruminating on good food, food writing, or eating, but HuffPost Food has become one of my favorite sites for food news and commentary. Sometimes silly, sometimes scary, always informative, with subjects ranging from genetically modified foods peddled to our children to serious reviews of fast food joints, HuffPost Food always surprises, and there’s usually some good food porn, too.

Skinnytaste


I probably should use this site more than I do, judging by how my skirt is fitting today. Gina from Skinnytaste re-imagines comfort food and international dishes with a keen eye for slimming down the classics. I like that she does pasta recipes and lots of Mexican braised meats in healthier iterations, like the chicken ropa vieja.

Good. Food. Stories


This is a cool one-stop shop in food journalism. I’m particularly attracted to the neighborhood guides, the Eating My Words feature, which develops recipes based on what characters in books like to eat, and pretty much all of Danielle Oteri’s writing, which is predominantly on Italian food and culture.

Gilt Taste


If you follow me on social media, you know that in addition to my predilections for bacon, pageants, and aviation, I like to shop, specifically for clothes. That particular pasttime led me to Gilt a few years ago when my colleague Lauren sent me an invitation to the sample sale mecca. Shortly thereafter, the site launched Gilt Taste, which in addition to being the purveyor of truly drool-worthy gourmet delectables, also provides really wonderful food writing. Some of it is even authored by former Gourmet Magazine editrix Ruth Reichl, though I’ve just read she’s no longer contributing. There are recipes (like duck and dumplings. Drool), thought pieces on topical matters in the culinary world, and series on plating and technique from the kinds of folks Top Chef invites to guest judge. The photography is top-notch, and this is not a site to visit if you don’t want your cravings piqued.

Besides my old standbys of FoodNetwork.com and Pioneer Woman Cooks, these are my favorites lately among the pantheon of online food sites. If you know of a great one I’m missing, please post it in the comments, below! I’m headed to Corning this week for the Miss Finger Lakes Pageant, so I’ll have a review from the Crystal City served up fresh next Wednesday, plus I’m working on a new installment of The Blather with a Vestal, NY chef right now, so look for that in the near future. Meantime, have a Happy Valentine’s Day, and try not to eat too many carbs:) My hunger is big; my personality is bigger!

8 comments:

  1. I like to read How Sweet Eats but haven't made anything from there. I also love Annie's Eats and The Smitten Kitchen.

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    1. I'll check those out, Steph! I've heard of Smitten Kitchen, but not the other two.

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  2. Very nice. Thanks!I love that I can google any time I want a recipe. I copy and paste & email them to myself and keep in a folder. I do still have paper recipes, but, not being as organized as my Stephanie, I just shove them in my recipe cabinet. Handwritten recipes by those who are on the other side now are keepsakes, so I keep them separate. Winter does make me want to bake and cook more, too.
    Enjoyable blog. Carpe Diem & early Happy VDay!
    Love, Stephanie's Momma

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    1. I recently made a recipe folder within my favorites tab as well, Linda, and I have a ton of recipes bookmarked on my iPad, which makes them easy to access right in my kitchen.

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  3. That superfood salad is a staple in my life in the summer. LOVE it! I made her buffalo chicken cobb salad over this past weekend and it, too, is AMAZING! She's a gem.

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    1. Melinda made that salad, too, as Buffalo chicken anything is her favorite flavor, and she said it was terrific. IGE rules.

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  4. Skinnytaste is a go-to site for me and I also like Green Plate Rule. This post in particular is one I keep going back to for reference and inspiration: http://www.greenplaterule.com/health-nutrition/from-processed-food-junkie-to-real-food-junkie/

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    1. Are you the queen who led us all to Skinnytaste, Gween? I can't remember how I orginally foudn that one.

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