What I look for in food blogs is a combination of the best creativity, interesting concepts and kitchen tested.  Below you will find an array of the cooking blogs taking the lead in 2013.  They cover everything from gluten free to paleo to vegetarian.  Many of these blogs publish regularly, providing you with new recipe ideas and sparking your culinary creativity. What are your favorite sources of recipes?

Blue Kitchen

Great variety of recipes ranging from varied ethnic inspirations, tho I cannot say what heritage inspired the Mustard-Maple Glazed Brussels Sprout with Bacon. Sounds intriguing. This recipe blog includes, Asian, Italian, Mexican, Jewish, Indian, Southwest, French with a touch of inspiration from the outer galaxies.

blue kitchen

Cooking with Mr. C

John Contratti offers recipes as well as a variety of celebrity photos.  I prefer to skip the photos and get to the recipes, especially since there does not seems to be a tie between the two.  There is a section on the blog called “categories” where you can get to the meat of it.

cooking with mr c

 

Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe index reads like food porn.  From Beer Battered Fried Olives to Fig Hazelnut & Ricotta Crostinis each description leads to salivation and drooling. Salted Caramel and Candied Bacon Ice Cream clearly crosses all lines of conventionality, but sounds intriguing.  Take a look and see what you would never have thought of in a hundred years.

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Aapplemint

The recipes in this blog are varied and inspired from her native India.  The only confusing part is some of the recipes are in grams.  You would need to convert the amounts to traditional cups and teaspoons before shopping for or attempting to make the food.  However, Chocolate Bark with honey roasted almonds, macadamia nuts, cranberries, lightly salted pistachios, dried apricots, cashews, pecan nuts and white chocolate chips would certainly make the conversions worthwhile.

aapplemint

Smitten Kitchen

Decadent aptly describes this blog. The Chocolate-Hazelnut Macaroon Torte  not only looks amazing, but is Kosher for Passover and gluten free.  Got all the bases covered.  Recipes in ethnic categories:  Greek, Italian, Jewish, Russian, Tex-Mex, Vietnamese, etc.

smittenkitchen

101 Cookbooks

After collecting 100 cookbooks, Heidi Swanson decided to actually start making the recipes she had on the shelf instead of resorting to her tride and true repertoire.  The index is by category as well main ingredient making it easy to navigate.  As you can imagine, it covers food from A-Z.

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Civilized Caveman

Having a whole section on crock pot cooking certainly makes this blog unique.  I love the section called Paleo Pantry where he outlines the supplies needed for food preparation.  It’s a long list for a beginner, but as the years go by, you will probably already have many of the items.  The list of spices and canned items is a great place for a young cook to start.

civilized caveman cooking

Gluten Free Life

Is there life after being diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity?  Absolutely! Even the grocery stores now carry gluten-free products as well as gluten-free baking mixes (read wheat flour substitutes).  The products seem to come out a little lighter than their wheat counterparts, but maybe that’s a good thing.  This recipe blog helps to transition people to a new way of thinking and cooking and for the long time gluten-free cook, it offers great ideas and new recipes.

gluten free life

Herbivoracious

Does vegetarian have to equal boring and flavorless?  Not on this food blog.  From complete vegetarian Thanksgiving menus to Sabich-an Iraqui Jewish Eggplant Sandwich, to Crepes with Sage-Roasted French Plums, Yoghurt and Honey, this blog is sure to delight and inspire even non-vegetarians.

herbivoracious

Featured image credit: Heroic Beer from Fukui

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