'food blogs' on Serious Eats

Does 'Game of Thrones' Make You Hungry?

We recently told you about a food blog devoted to cooking recipes from George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. An SE reader pointed us to yet another one, Inn At the Crossroads, apparently the first blog to set out to cook dishes from the series. There's well over 100 recipes on the site so far (most recently, baked venison and simple Dornish fare) with corresponding passages from the books and photos of the prepared dishes. Both are worth checking out, especially if you find yourself thinking, "man, I could really go for some Westerosi cuisine right now." More

The Crisper Whisperer: 10 Great Blogs for Veggie Lovers That May Be New to You

When seasonal veggies abound (such as, for example, now), it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, or how good you are with a julienne attachment. Once in a while you're going to need a little help taking your produce to inspired heights. These ten websites, many of them lesser-known, are among my current favorites when I'm staring at a full crisper and need a little jolt of creativity. Behind each site is a person or team who knows how to find extraordinary beauty in ordinary vegetables. More

Behind the Scenes with an L.A. Food Trucker: Manila Machine Filipino Food

I won't say there are no great Filipino restaurants here in the United States (there are) but they are few and far between. Even in Los Angeles of all places. Over the past few years, I've been attempting to unlock some of these mysteries by researching and writing about Filipino food on my blog, Burnt Lumpia. But in order to bring a greater awareness and appreciation of Filipino cuisine to the rest of the world, or at least to Southern California, I had to actually start a food truck. More

Midtown Lunch Los Angeles and Philadelphia Are Also Awesome

It was tough to see Midtown Lunch poobah and Serious Eats buddy Zach Brooks leave New York City in January, but he's sure making us hungry over there on the West Coast with his pork belly banh mi and plantain-stuffed burrito reports on Midtown Lunch Los Angeles. (But there's no midtown in L.A., Zach!! Yeah, he doesn't care.) Also joining the ML family earlier this year was Midtown Lunch Philadelphia because, let's be honest, a man can only eat so many Wawa sandwiches. More

Meatloaf as Medium: 'Meatloaf Creations' Goes There

Clockwise from top left: Obama meatloaf; zombie meatloaf with pesto-spaghetti hair and hard-boiled egg eyes; SpongeBob Squareloaf; snowman loaf with turnip purée as body coloring. [Photographs: Meatloaf Creations] And you thought meatloaf cupcakes were the extent to which you could trompe l'oeil with ground meat and accompanying vegetable matter? Allow me to introduce you to the blog Meatloaf Creations, which turns the iconic American comfort food into a medium of expression you'd never dreamed of. Why? It's FUN! My kids love to get their hands messy in meat! When they help make their food, they're more likely to eat it. Which brings me to... It's Sneaky. Meatloaf is the ultimate place to hide veggies. Just give 'em a whirl... More

2010 Saveur 100: Reader-Generated for the First Time

[Image: saveur.com] Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland brings his magazine to the huge food lovers' conversation the rest of us have been participating in for years with his magazine's first-ever reader-generated Saveur 100. The list's a little less quirky this year, but it's still fun to go through and see how many you are familiar with. Props to our friends at Hot Doug's and the Astor Center. And who knew that former Peristyle chef-owner Anne Kearney had opened a restaurant, Rue Domaine, in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio? Serious eaters in Dayton must be thrilled.... More

The Peanut Butter Guy Enters the Bon Appétit Bake-Off

"As the only Serious Eats blogger in the contest, I had to represent." My Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie entry. Click here for the recipe » I've only been blogging for a few months now, so I was very surprised when Bon Appétit invited me to take part in their first ever Blog Envy Bake-Off on December 10. The first place prize was an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for the magazine's Vegas Uncork'd festival. Some of the other competition. To be totally honest, I didn't think I had any chance of winning. I felt like Anne Hathaway going up against Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, and Meryl Streep for Best Actress at last year's Academy Awards. Sure, I was... More

Q&A with Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate & Zucchini on 'I Know How to Cook'

"We had to remove a few outdated recipes, like one for a Mushroom and Banana Salad." 'I Know How to Cook' Recipes Eggs in AspicBeef Carbonade with HerbsPain d'Epice (Spice Bread)Apple MeringueAlmond Macaroons Je Sais Cuisiner by Ginette Mathiot, first published in the 1930s, is pretty much the bible of French cooking. You'll see it on kitchen shelves throughout France, usually faded with boeuf bourguignon-stained pages. For the first time, the giant, super comprehensive text has been published in English thanks to translating help from Clotilde Dusoulier, the voice behind the now six-year-old food blog Chocolate & Zucchini. It's a doorstopper of a book (no beach read here) but filled with classic preparations, hand-holding instruction, and charming illustrations by Blexbolex.... More

Thanksgiving Talk: Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes

Elise Bauer. [Photograph: Ree Drummond] Mama Bauer's turkey stuffing. [Photograph: Elise Bauer] We are longtime fans of the recipes and want-to-eat-the-computer-screen photography by Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes. She took the time to chat with us about her Thanksgiving plans this year—which will, absolutely not, involve the green bean casserole with fried onions. Where are you feasting? At my mom and dad's house in Carmichael, California, with all of my siblings—there are six of us kids. We like to keep it really simple. Thanksgiving is not a time for experimentation. There's enough chaos and stress with all the family showing up, we want the actual meal to be as easy as possible. What's on the menu? Any family recipes... More

Blogs, Blogs, Blogs! Every 'Blog' Thread in SE Talk History (Almost)

In the "Linking to your own blog" topic in Talk earlier today, arm1970 wanted help finding a link to a thread where SE'ers with blogs listed their blog names and URLs. I found it for arm, but ... There are actually A FREAKIN' TON of "blog" topics in the Talk archives—including several more "SE'er blog roll calls." I thought it would be fun to list them all here, after the jump ...... More

How to Cook Like Your Grandmother

Photograph from foundphotoslj on Flickr Neither of my grandmas were especially good cooks, but somehow I always left their houses a few pounds tubbier. It's got to be all that butter and every grandkid's inability to turn down a hefty wedge of cake (à la mode, obviously) they already sliced. Oh, grandmas. Michael Pollan may disapprove of all those buckets of cream of mushroom you use, but high five, sister. How to Cook Like Your Grandmother is a blog devoted to this worship of grandmas in the kitchen. You will not see the words "lite" or "skim" on this site—just recipes for things like cheesy poofs and pork chop salad. [via Metafilter] Related Grandma's Pancakes What Is Grandma Pizza?... More

Tasty Kitchen, a New Recipe-Sharing Site from Pioneer Woman

Longtime Serious Eats friend Ree of The Pioneer Woman is already responsible for some of our favorite recipes, most of which are butter-laden (sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, and chocolate sheet cake). Her new site Tasty Kitchen will be yet another drool-inspiring distraction. The recipe social network allows home cooks to share recipes, rate them, and add notes. Looks like a happy place and really easy to use: just search by recipe or category, and if you want to share your own, join the oven mitt-wearing fraternity by registering here.... More

Fryer-Free Hush Puppies

Love hush puppies, but hate deep frying at home? Me, too! Healthy and Delicious contributor Kristen Swensson saves the day with her moment of hush puppy serendipity—hush puppy corncakes. Genius!... More

MenuPages Blogs Rebrand as Grub Street in Five Cities

New York magazine's Grub Street, heretofore a NYC-based food- and restaurant blog, has expanded to five cities: Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It's less an expansion than a rebranding—New York Magazine Holdings LLC bought MenuPages last year, along with the various city-based blogs that MenuPages published. Grubstreet.com promises to be a homepage for news produced among all those city sites. Refresher course: The Wall Street Journal covered the launch here last week.... More

The Most Beautiful Baked Good: Cookie Cake Pie

Photograph from CakeSpy In perhaps the ultimate example of gilding the lily, Cakespy.com has posted a recipe for a Cookie Cake Pie. This concoction is exactly what it sounds like, a pie with a layer of cake and one of cookie dough. It's like a Turducken, but with lots of sugar. I am seriously counting down the seconds till I can make this. What's your favorite dessert mash-up? Related Baking is Cool Again An "All in One" Thanksgiving Cake Meat Cake... More

Grub Grade Picks Up Where Fast Food Critic Left Off—With Hockey Masks!

Not Jason—just Ryan. Photograph from Grub Grade Longtime Serious Eats readers are no doubt familiar with the site Fast Food Critic and its proprietor, Timothy, who posts on Serious Eats as FastFoodCritic. After his full-time job became too demanding for him to maintain FFC at the level readers came to expect, he quit. That left contributors to his site in a sticky spot. They still wanted to carry on reviewing but didn't have an outlet. One of those writers, Ryan, started his own site, Grub Grade, and wrote to let us know he's picked up FFC's mantle: I'm still doing fast food reviews on GrubGrade and also from time to time venturing to local food establishments or fast casual... More

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