Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (2024)

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I have 500+ cookbooks (don’t judge! I hear you calling Hoarders, the reality TV show…), but these days, I turn most often to food blogs for quick inspiration and new recipes.

Here are my latest recipe crushes.

You really, REALLY need to try these. I’ve made each of them more than once, sometimes more than five times since discovering them. (Click on the recipe title to be taken straight to that recipe.)

Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (3)1. Apple Pie French Toast for One (Breakfast)

Can we say “genius?” Let’s just give Carrie from The Frugal Foodie Mama that label, because this recipe for Apple Pie French Toast for One will give you a reason to get out of bed. It’s fast (1 minute prep, 2 minutes of microwave cooking, and let’s say 10 minutes of cool down), and I suggest you get it going in the microwave first thing, then take your shower, and when you get out, it will be ready, waiting, and cooled sufficiently to eat. (If you try to eat it right out of the microwave, you’ll get pizza-burn-roof-of-your-mouth. Don’t ask me how I know this.) Anyway, I love this easy recipe, which can use up a little-too-old apple, the heel of a loaf of bread, and suddenly you have a breakfast that is special. I altered it only slightly, to use 1 bread slice/1 cup (instead of 1 1/2 cups), and 1 apple/1 cup (instead of 1/2 cup). It’s all good, either way you do it!

Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (4)2. 2-Ingredient Flourless Nutella Mug Cake (Dessert)

OK, yes, I see a trend here. Things in mugs. You won’t criticize me once you taste this rich, decadent, individual cake of the Gods (and by the Gods, I mean the Gods who invented Nutella). The recipe was devised by Jennifer Lee, author of the blog Kirbie’s Cravings, and the book, “5-Minute Mug Cakes: Nearly 100 Yummy Microwave Cakes” (Race Point Publishing). My oversize mug has a bit of a square bottom, so that’s why my little cake looks square. Yours will probably be more round. Make it!

Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (5)3. Southwestern Breakfast Scramble (Any meal!)

First of all, this can be breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. We ate it for dinner the other night, and it made the three of us very happy. It’s like migas married chilaquiles — an informal Mexican breakfast dish of a scrambled egg/fried tortilla mixture that uses leftover corn tortillas and salsa. WE LOVED IT! All caps and bold on purpose. Please stop reading now and make this for your next meal. Here’s what I will do differently next time I make it (maybe again tomorrow): a few shakes of Tajin in the eggs, 4 cups of chips instead of 3, 2 greens onions instead of 4, garnish with chopped avocado and fresh cilantro. BOOM! Thanks to Andrea from Adventures in All Things Food for the inspiration; she credits Things I Make for Dinner for it, and she got it from Budget Bytes, so you can see this is a well-loved recipe. I predict I will be making this once a week or one meal or another.

Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (6)4. Maple Vinaigrette (Salad Dressing)

Cheryl Bennett of the blog Pook’s Pantry said this salad and dressing was one of her favorite things. EVER. That’s all I needed to hear. She’s a private chef in Florida, and her clients went wild over it. I could drink this dressing with a straw, but that would be wrong, wouldn’t it? So I put it on a salad like hers, or any mixture of salad ingredients I have that need perking up. Her favorite is now a new favorite of mine, too. Put down the jarred dressing, and shake these four ingredients together in a jar. It will take 2 minutes, tops. It works particularly well with a salad that has a bitter green, like arugula, or a hearty salad with chunks of vegetables and fruits in it, or a grain-based salad, or…oh, what the heck. It goes on everything!

Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (7)5. Kale and Bacon Baked Risotto (Dinner)

Cheryl Lee of the blog Black Girl Chef’s Whites is a master with the bacon and the kale. She uses both to great effect here, and saves you a bunch of time and hassle by making the risotto in the oven. Usually you stand over the stove and stir risotto for about 45 minutes until it is done. Cheryl does some initial prep stovetop, and then lets the oven do the rest of the work. She’s not lazy; she’s smart. And this is a full-flavored dish that can be your main, or a side, however you want to deploy it. I am deploying it with a fork, straight to my mouth.

Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (8)6. Spiced Buttermilk Roasted Apple Muffins (Breakfast or snack)

“Imagine, if you will, something between luscious apple pie and warm apple cake,” intones blogger Valentina Wein as she writes about these on her blog Cooking on the Weekends. “That’s exactly what this recipe tastes like.” Friends, these are autumn in a muffin wrapper. These are sweet, amazing and comforting, just like a piece of apple pie, but Valentina has declared them a muffin, so we can feel good about eating them for breakfast. When I saw her post a picture of these on Facebook, I immediately drove over to her house to get some. She gave me four. This morning, I have a sheet pan of apples in the oven (her trick is to roast the apples first), because I need another dozen of these, stat. You will, too.

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7. Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Soup (Dinner or lunch)

I had some chicken thighs in the fridge that needed using, and I always have a can of green chiles and green enchilada sauce in the pantry (hey, it’s a requirement of living in Southern California!), so when I stumbled across this slow cooker recipe from Rachel Gurk of the blog Rachel Cooks, I was ready to go. Her gorgeous photo drew me in, and I speed-walked into the kitchen and threw the 5 ingredients into the crock. Rachel confides that her favorite part of the soup is “it is desperate for toppings.” I like a desperate soup. She chose tortilla strips and cilantro, but also lists cheese, chopped avocado, diced tomato, jalapeno, etc. as options. In light of the desperation emanating from the soup, I put them all on top, including some chopped radishes (try it!). And I’m not apologizing! Make this soup, friends. Today.

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Want to see my other recipe crushes?

Herbs de Provence Orange Roasted ChickenSlow Roasted Cherry TomatoesLow-Carb Eggplant Casserole — Sept. 2016

Meyer Lemon Chicken ThighsAzerbaijani-Style Eggs with TomatoesClementine Gingersnap Cheesecake BarsSlow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes — Aug. 2016

What have YOU made from food blogs lately? Lead me to some of your favorites by leaving me a comment below.

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Recipe Crushes: 7 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {November 2016} (2024)


Where do food bloggers get their recipes? ›

Where Do Food Bloggers Get Their Recipes?
  • Follow Other Food Blogs. ...
  • Browse Social Media. ...
  • Use Recipe-Sharing Platforms. ...
  • Read Cookbooks and Food Magazines. ...
  • Eat at New Restaurants. ...
  • Discover Family Recipes. ...
  • Join Cooking Enthusiast Communities. ...
  • Take Cooking Classes.
Jan 10, 2024

How to become a food blogger in India? ›

Here are some tips for choosing a good domain as well as a blog name:
  1. Reflect on your niche. Your domain name should tell readers what your blog is about, so using relevant keywords is a good strategy. ...
  2. Keep it simple. ...
  3. Avoid special symbols. ...
  4. Check for availability. ...
  5. Think long-term. ...
  6. Secure social media handles.
Apr 30, 2024

How to start a food blog for free? ›

While you definitely can start food blogging for free by using platforms like Medium, Tumblr, or Blogger (or even by just building up a following on Instagram first), it's important to buy your own domain name—so that it belongs to you—in case you eventually want to build a business or earn an income from your food ...

Who is the highest paid food blogger? ›

Who Is the Richest Food Blogger? The highest-earning food blog out there is Pinch of Yum. According to a recent report from January 2023, the blog income reached over 10 million dollars last year. While that is clearly a lot higher than any average professional food blogger's salary, it is still something to aspire to.

Do food bloggers have to pay for food? ›

Food bloggers can get free meals as a gift or part of a deal. In fact, the successful ones get a lot of free food and cooking ingredients from brands; therefore, they're unlikely to spend as much as other people on food.

How do food bloggers get paid? ›

Yes, you can make money as a food blogger through various income streams, such as advertising, sponsored content, affiliate marketing, and selling products or services. The earning potential largely depends on factors like the blogger's audience size, engagement, niche, and strategies they use.

What is the monthly income of a food blogger? ›

They can earn a minimum of Rs 1-1.5 lakhs per month easily. Apart from this, depending on the efforts, consistency level, creativity etc. the monthly earnings vary hugely for food bloggers.

What is the average salary of a food blogger? ›

What Is the Average Food Blogger Salary by State
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Is food blogger a real job? ›

Food blogging jobs include a variety of positions where you may review a restaurant, create and publish a recipe, or act as a critic for food-related topics. In this role, you may write online content, post to social media, advertise your blog, or coordinate with other advertisers.

Do food bloggers need insurance? ›

Producing online content exposes bloggers to copyright and defamation claims. Business insurance helps cover legal costs if you're sued. It also provides financial protection against theft and damage to your home office.

Are food blogs still popular? ›

Food, lifestyle, and travel niches have the highest percentage of blogs and more than 50,000 blog visits per month.

Is food blogging still profitable? ›

If you're considering to become a food blogger and get paid and are looking into positions instead of starting your own blog, it's important to have a realistic expectation of potential earnings. According to ZipRecruiter, the average food blogger's salary in the US is $62,275 a year as of Jan 31, 2024.

How much does the average food blogger make? ›

$40,000 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $50,000 is the 75th percentile.

Can you make a living as a food blogger? ›

Yes, you can make money as a food blogger through various income streams, such as advertising, sponsored content, affiliate marketing, and selling products or services.

How to come up with recipes for a blog? ›

Many recipe developers find ideas:
  1. In cookbooks or magazines.
  2. Through recipes on other food blogs.
  3. From family recipes.
  4. At local restaurants or bakeries.
  5. While traveling.
  6. From new ingredients or seasonal produce at a farmers market.
  7. On Pinterest.
  8. While watching cooking shows.
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