Updated on 05.07.09

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Food Blog Edition

Trent Hamm

A few weeks ago, I posted a list of the personal finance and personal development blogs I read. Several readers were quite surprised to find that I didn’t actually list any food blogs, since I’m pretty passionate about cooking at home.

So, this week, for a change of pace, I thought I’d highlight some excellent posts from some of my favorite food blogs. Enjoy!

Spend Less, Eat Healthier: The Five Most Important Things You Can Do I completely agree with these five “commandments.” In fact, they pretty much describe how we shop for food and make meal choices. (@ cheap healthy good)

Homemade Granola Bars Mark Bittman (author of one of my favorite cookbooks, How to Cook Everything) offers up a fairly simple and very delicious recipe for homemade granola bars. (@ bitten)

Monica Bhide’s Chile Pea Puffs These are excellent little appetizers – pretty simple, very tasty (and spicy), and not all that complicated. It’s a great way to surprise guests if you need an unusual finger food. Plus, the article claims they freeze very well, so you can make a jumbo batch. Note: most of the time, I prefer olive oil to cooking spray. (@ 101 cookbooks)

The Fiesta Continues A pretty simple idea – if you have leftovers, dice them and toss them on a tortilla and you’re close to something tasty. I love this blog simply because it’s incredibly human – it’s a great visual reflection of how a real person eats. Plus, I like her taste in reading (as evidenced by the last photo). (@ kath eats real food)

A Little Slice of Toasted Heaven: Lemon Coconut Quick Bread Recipe This is an amazing little loaf of sweet bread and a perfect way to use up that little bit of leftover coconut we have sitting in the freezer! (@ foodie farm girl)

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  1. The lemon coconut bread looks good right about now…going to have to make some later today!

  2. Johanna says:

    Have you read Mark Bittman’s book “Food Matters”? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. If you have, is there any chance that you’ll write a review? I know it’s not very much like the other books you review, but it deals with a lot of the same topics that you’ve touched on in your food-related posts, so I don’t think it would be out of place.

  3. Bill in Houston says:

    For the most part I agree with the spend less, eat healthier ideas. I observe most, but do not follow the first. As an example, I have an apple in my lunch every day. I like them and am willing to pay a little extra off season. I’m old enough to remember when the local supermarket didn’t have a certain fruit or vegetable because they were out of season.

    As Texans we often “Mexicanize” our leftovers. The difference is that we add the requisite spices and a little chopped jalapeno pepper to the mix and we use corn tortillas (cheaper, fewer calories, less fat). Tonight’s concoction: leftover Thai coconut chicken curry and grilled Persian vegetables, tossed together with jalapenos and quickwokked; along with watercress and lettuce on corn tortillas.

  4. I wish I could read food blogs. When I do I just get hungry so I have to stay away from them for the most part. For some reason the Food Network doesn’t do that to me, I wish I knew why.

  5. Keith says:

    Trent, I know you’re from the midwest, but have you checked out Maine Food and Lifestyle (http://www.mainefoodandlifestyle.com)? Some of the recipes they have there are pretty unique, although I guess they are a bit higher end.

  6. Nick says:

    Alton Brown’s Good Eats on the food network has an episode about granola bars, which are pretty good, and the recipe is on the food network webisite. I’ll have to try these ones too though!

  7. Thanks for this list of food blogs! I’ll have to check some of them out! I already read Kath’s blog, and love it!

  8. PF says:

    Thanks for the link to Kath eats real food. That looks like a great blog!

  9. tentaculistic says:

    I read some of Kath Eats Real Food, which is a nice blog. Her pix and recipes of how to make oatmeal decadently delicious are just inspired. Wow! Who knew oatmeal could be anything other than ick??

  10. I’m so surprised not to see A Year of Crockpotting on your list! Have some soup from her blog cooking right now … and a blog post cooking up, too.

  11. rodgerlvu says:

    Thanks for the link to Kath eats real food. That looks like a great blog!

  12. Shauna Redmond says:

    You forgot what brought me here in the first place. Their website mentions you so you might want to do the favor of mentioning them, http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com. By clicking a link on their site, I ended up here. I have read your blog daily since then.

  13. A Cheap imitator says:

    Thanks for the link to Kath eats real food. That looks like a great blog!

  14. Julie says:

    Good sites. If you have the time, come check out my food blog. I think you’ll enjoy. I spend a lot of time talking about making great food on a budget.

  15. Georgia says:

    Trent – do any of these do recipes for 1 or 2? I’m the only one here and I have a very small freezer. I don’t want to freeze too many leftovers in order to have room for sales. Have you seen any of the Country magazines, Taste of Home, etc.? They are excellent also.

  16. Jen says:

    I love The Nourishing Gourmet blog, and well as Cheeseslave. They both have awesome recipes to make real food at home!

  17. Thanks for including my blog in your roundup. I’m so glad you enjoyed the lemon coconut bread recipe! : )

  18. Thanks for sharing this link, but unfortunately it seems to be offline… Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please reply to my post if you do!

    I would appreciate if a staff member here at http://www.thesimpledollar.com could post it.


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