Archive | February, 2012

A Real Kitchen

27 Feb

I love baking and food bloggers that seem like real people.  Now obviously since they are blogging they’re real…what I mean is that they seem like a real person, making mistakes, not knowing how to do something etc.  It’s more comforting than reading about someone who does everything perfectly.  Real Girl’s Kitchen is a great example of this.  Haylie Duff (yes, Hilary’s sister) is the blogger.  She has a great site with tips, recipes, and restaurant reviews.  Her site even includes a link to her twitter and posts any tweets that have to do with food or her blog.  Also, as a graphic designer, I must say I love the design of the site.  Haylie declares on her site that she’s not much of a baker, but occasionally shows a few of her finished products.  This is mostly a food blog, but the set up, dedication and effort put behind it makes this a great example of a blog that really tries to connect with its readers.

The Recipes and Blog section is wonderful.  Haylie posts her recent creations and how to make them.  She recently had a dinner party and shares the many dishes she created for the event.  I love that she posts pictures of her creations and her dinner guests (if you look closely you can pick out stars from 7th Heaven and 8 Simple Rules).  She’s just a normal girl having a cute dinner party with her girl friends.

Her Restaurant Review section is dedicated to the many restaurants she visits.  Most are in California and look amazing.  She reviews them and says what dishes she tried and liked.  She’ll talk about the atmosphere and traditions of each restaurant.  Apparently at Jason Mraz’s restaurant, on your birthday you’ll hear his rendition of Happy Birthday.

My favorite section is Everyone Should Know.  Haylie shares simple recipes and tips.  They aren’t always common knowledge type tips and recipes, but they’re simple and useful.  Once you learn them, you’ll want to use them all the time.  One recent post was how to cut a pepper.  I’ve cut bell peppers plenty of times but she shows a different way that gets rid of the seeds much easier.  Her little tips are helpful and make cooking and being in the kitchen that much easier and enjoyable.

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Baking Blogs

6 Feb

Baking blogs have become increasingly popular. Many amateur bakers have taken up sharing their baking experiments and advice with the world. This has stemmed from the very popular food blogs. I found a great blog called Baking Bites. The articles give new and fun recipes for readers to try, while also give hints and tips about how to do different baking tricks. It also gives How To’s occasionally. A current one is How to Temper Chocolate. I would never know how to temper chocolate or even what it’s used for. It’s great to learn new tricks i would have never heard of through these baking blogs.  Baking Bites also wrote a post about baking blogs. It reviews other blogs and their recent posts. There are reviews of recipes and other uses for kitchen appliances. One talked about other uses of a waffle iron. The writer suggests to use it at a panini press and grilling french toast. Baking blogs have moved the art of baking much further. It allows recipes and tips to be shared much quicker and to a great amount of people.