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May 24, 2011 10:57 AM   Subscribe

Food should be delicious, cooking should be fun, and people should feel good about what they eat. This blog is all about making that happen!
posted by Brandon Blatcher (46 comments total) 76 users marked this as a favorite

 
On the nom scale, I give this blog 5/5 = OMNOMNOMNOMNOM
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:59 AM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Roasted Potatoes & Maple Fig Sauce? Damn.

How am I supposed to get through the remainder of the workday with this recipe taunting me?

Much tastiness to be had here. A most savory post.
posted by kinnakeet at 11:06 AM on May 24, 2011


shallow depth of field = yummy
posted by DU at 11:07 AM on May 24, 2011 [9 favorites]


This looks great, and just browsing through it I've already gotten some fantastic ideas for new experiments of my own to try. I love to cook and experiment with food, but I'm hampered by a certain amount of laziness and (tragically) no budget to buy a decent food processor, so I prefer to stick with things that are fairly simple and don't require any special equipment. It looks like a number of things featured here fit that bill, and like I said, there's some good inspiration to be had here for other things. Thanks for sharing, BB.
posted by Gator at 11:12 AM on May 24, 2011


What's looking delicious:

Smoked Almond & Goat Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Pea, & Goat Cheese Pizza

Black Bean Cilantro Tacos

Asparagus Quesadilla Lasagna
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:13 AM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I assume everyone knows about Smitten Kitchen, but here you go. It features mostly simple and good recipes, often from other sources like Gourmet Magazine (RIP), and it's extremely good for desserts and sweets. And from it, I discovered this delightful mushroom preparation everyone should try like now.
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:13 AM on May 24, 2011 [9 favorites]


So how does this site differ from the 20 billion other foodie blogs out there?
posted by crunchland at 11:17 AM on May 24, 2011 [11 favorites]


Tasty? i was told just add Bacon, and Bland Food suddenly tastes Great!
posted by taxpayer at 11:20 AM on May 24, 2011


So how does this site differ from the 20 billion other foodie blogs out there?

It doesn't have to be different. It just has to look yummy.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:23 AM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


So how does this site differ from the 20 billion other foodie blogs out there?
Yeah, mah nishtanah, yada, yada...

shallow depth of field = yummy
On the occasions I post my cooking to FaceBook, I do that specifically to parody food blogs.
posted by sourwookie at 11:23 AM on May 24, 2011


"Food should be delicious, cooking should be fun, and people should feel good about what they eat."

Damn it. This whole time I've been eating microwave burritos covered in Sriracha and cheddar cheese two meals a day to blot out memories of my emotionally unavailable father, all for nothing?
posted by abcde at 11:24 AM on May 24, 2011 [6 favorites]


I would fucking kill for a rewarmed burrito covered in cheese and siracha right now. I'd even throw my overly available emotional father into the deal, for free.
posted by Keith Talent at 11:28 AM on May 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


So how does this site differ from the 20 billion other foodie blogs out there?

butterhorns.
posted by clavdivs at 11:30 AM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Tastespotting has it beat.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 11:39 AM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


What if I disagree with all 3 of those premises?

Where's the blog for me?
posted by Trurl at 11:46 AM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Right here, baby.
posted by Gator at 11:47 AM on May 24, 2011


Old'n'Busted: "Tastespotting has it beat."

Whoa. This one just blew my mind.
posted by schmod at 11:49 AM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, like I need another place to get crazy ideas from. I've already got a Turkish boss who says he's going to turn me into some sort of weird chef/ninja hybrid.

taxpayer: "Tasty? i was told just add Bacon, and Bland Food suddenly tastes Great"

Here in the south, you can also add butter or cheese. Some sort of butter/cheese/bacon combination makes everything better.
posted by theichibun at 11:50 AM on May 24, 2011


Y'know, this thread might be a real opportunity for all those people who feel downtrodden by the No More Recipes in MetaTalk rule. Food for thought.
posted by Gator at 11:57 AM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't you dare forget sour cream.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 11:58 AM on May 24, 2011


It doesn't matter if you think this is another food blog/why bother wasting my time, etc.

What matters is that it gives people who love to cook, love to look at what other people eat/cook/photograph some more delicious food porn.
posted by Kitteh at 12:04 PM on May 24, 2011


This was not the window to open when I was two hours late for lunch due to fighting with the Iowa City Parks Department.

*cries for aloo tikki*
posted by Madamina at 12:06 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


theichibun, because your hypothetical butter cheese bacon food is not fried, I believe it counts as a salad in the South.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:13 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


No, even here we've got to have something green that grows from the ground. A few spinach leaves or a sprinkle of green onion should do it.

But what the Hell, fry that anyway. We did it with Toaster Struddles the other day because we thought they were too healthy. And we just love to fry things.
posted by theichibun at 12:20 PM on May 24, 2011


Some sort of butter/cheese/bacon combination makes everything better.

It... it sure makes it all better for me.
posted by abcde at 12:26 PM on May 24, 2011


Yay food porn!

I like Smitten Kitchen, though I have found that she's mostly ++ on sweets and baked goods, less so on other things. The most recent food blog inspiration (I am SO making more layer cakes, who's got a birthday coming up?) is Sweetapolita, specifically her Asparagus Cake. That lady is devoted.

Does the Asparagus Cake count as salad? It really looks like it grew from the ground!
posted by Kpele at 12:27 PM on May 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


Madamina: It doesn't look like very good aloo tikki... here, try the one from my mom's recipe.
posted by bardophile at 12:34 PM on May 24, 2011


Holy mother of all that is tasty: Beet Hummus. (Via TasteSpotting linked above.)
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:01 PM on May 24, 2011


So how does this site differ from the 20 billion other foodie blogs out there?

This is actually exactly what I thought until I started looking at it, too. There are hundreds of probably-pretty-good blogs about food and recipes out there that I can't be arsed to track down, sort, prioritize like blogs in my other fields of interest, read, etc.

But this is actually pretty great. The food's simple of prep but delicious-looking, the writing's good but gets out of the way, it's simple so I can read it on my phone ... it's a simple concept done really well, and I'm fucking impressed. Thanks for the link.
posted by penduluum at 1:21 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


It makes me want to cook, which is more than I can say of most food blogs. (Most of them make me want to eat what someone else cooked.)
posted by immlass at 1:37 PM on May 24, 2011


She uses bananas, figs, wheat and potatoes in EVERYTHING. I can eat none of this.
posted by Malice at 3:04 PM on May 24, 2011


It's really nice when you come across one of those blogs about tasty food that makes you feel good that doesn't start out with something like "first, pluck the eye from the face of a screaming dog".
posted by tumid dahlia at 3:35 PM on May 24, 2011


I know, right?
posted by Gator at 3:43 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


You wouldn't believe how many of those blogs I once had bookmarked.
posted by tumid dahlia at 4:23 PM on May 24, 2011


Like at least three.
posted by tumid dahlia at 4:23 PM on May 24, 2011


At the risk of being excessively cranky (but then, what else is new), and not a criticism of this blog in particular, but:

Food should be delicious

Food should be healthy and nutritious. Delicious is a bonus.

cooking should be fun

No more so than doing dishes or mopping the floor.

people should feel good about what they eat.

The insistence these days that everybody should feel good about every little thing they do is getting a bit much. I'll grant that it's nice to feel good, but if you feel good because food is hitting your plains-ape craving for salt, fat and sugar, you might be feeling good for the wrong reasons, and you won't feel good for long until you start feeling very bad indeed.

I'm probably just bitter because it's difficult-to-impossible to get many of the foods love easily here in Hangukistan
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:07 PM on May 24, 2011


Stavros, you live in a food wonderland. I loved the Korean markets. There is some amazing stuff over there you lucky chicken.
posted by artof.mulata at 6:11 PM on May 24, 2011


artof.mulata: "cooking should be fun

No more so than doing dishes or mopping the floor
"

If cooking isn't fun then you need to get someone else to cook. Like me. Except I live too far away to cook for you all the time.
posted by theichibun at 7:03 PM on May 24, 2011


mmmm Nice post.
posted by caddis at 7:40 PM on May 24, 2011


If cooking isn't fun then you need to get someone else to cook. Like me.

HELLO South Carolina!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:42 PM on May 24, 2011


Don't get me wrong. I love Korean food. Just not ALL THE TIME after 15 years already sheesh.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:52 PM on May 24, 2011


Naw, delicious is definitely first-nutritious can come second. And cooking is way more fun than vacuuming or cleaning toilets. Love this blog-thanks!
posted by purenitrous at 8:19 PM on May 24, 2011


Interestingly enough, one of our prep cooks just moved to Savannah to go to the art school there.
posted by theichibun at 4:43 AM on May 25, 2011


People checking in to this thread might like this
posted by cynicalidealist at 1:01 PM on May 25, 2011


I have GOT to get a decent food processor.
posted by Gator at 1:10 PM on May 25, 2011


I was trying to figure out what dessert to bring to a potluck cookout this weekend, and those triple berry pie bars look like just the thing. Thanks, BB!
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