Deep in the heart of Texas lies a bevy of bloggers who know their way around a recipe.
With so many out there on the information super-highway, it can be tough to know whom to follow across the Sun Belt. Here is a list of some of the top food bloggers in the Urban Texas Triangle who have the website swagger that keeps them at the top of their game.
A Taste of Koko
Jane Ko, aka Koko, who is the jetsetter behind this food and travel blog, finds the best places to dash to and dine for the Austinite with an inner foodie. She cuts a path through the top restaurants and coolest bars and haunts in town and also supplies recipes and cocktail bar photographs for the homemaker who needs some inspiration. Not only that, but she supplies ideas on what to see and do when things get a little stale.
Rebecca White runs this blog, which encourages those who are insecure about cooking to branch out and try new dishes. A lot of the recipes on her site are variations on classics that have been updated with gourmet twists. Some dishes are straight up comfort food faves and others are a bit more for the sophisticated palate, but they all look mouthwatering. White hopes to challenge everyone, both novice and pro, to gain confidence and inspiration from her pleasant little kitchen and make cooking a fun experience.
This blog encourages you to give in to your hunger with good food, but it adds the caveat that you should eat pretty. Before you get out your burn book and insist on wearing pink, recognize she is talking about stunning food photography, not coordinating cooking outfits. In fact, Karly Gomez keeps it pretty real on her blog, talking about her four kids, her kitties, and her angsty live journal entries. Her aim is to show you how to make decadent gourmet food easily. If the gorgeous pictures are any proof, you will believe you can summon unicorns, too, if you follow her recipes. You can trust her expertise knowing she has developed recipes for major brands like Starbucks, Mars and King’s Hawaiian.
Lacey Baier owns her own meal planning business where she helps people eat clean and make meals to get healthy and lose weight. After a long battle with up and down pounds, Baier found no-fail recipes that helped her maintain a healthy weight. Her blog is a family affair, with her husband handling the business side, her brother-in-law shooting her videos, and her three kids looking cute in the pictures. She gives tips on how to shop for food, meal plan for the week and even how to start your own food blog, down to the tech aspects and camera equipment you will need. We feel healthier already.
Tastes Better From Scratch is from the kitchen of Lauren Allen, a mom of three kids who makes step-by-step videos for easy meals you can make every day. Her goal is to ease the cooking demands for a busy family with a lot going on, without sacrificing that homemade taste. Allen aims to get you cooking with real ingredients (not processed) and to skip the pre-bought, pre-packaged items that are usually loaded with preservatives. Healthy, hearty and family-friendly!
This self-professed “dork behind the fork” is Amanda Plott, a graphic designer and photographer who has no formal cooking training but has fashioned herself into an expert in transforming recipes into healthy “skinny” versions for those with health or dietary restrictions, like gluten allergies. Even if her recipes are cutting out fat and gluten, she insists that they are still finger-licking good — sacrificing taste is not allowed. However, being weird is allowed. Plott prides herself on good food and keeping Austin weird, which makes her quirky site quite the perfect combo.
Ashlyn Harris is an army wife and school teacher who also finds time to be a mom of three and run this blog, which promotes a “healthy appetite” She believes that a balanced outlook on food is best, which means making good and healthy choices but indulging in comfort food every once in a while. Her blog recipes reflect this, with items ranging from glazed salmon and roasted brussels sprouts to cheesy buffalo chicken French bread pizza and butter cream cupcakes.
Kylie Mitchell is not only a food blogger but also a registered dietitian who is dedicated to helping others break the cycle of eating disorders and body image problems. Her nutrition counseling includes one main rule — no food rules — which is sort of like a Fight Club-type motto. Her blog includes challenges and cues to recognize, such as boredom eating, skipping meals, bingeing on vacation and holidays, feeling addicted to sugar, and body dysmorphia. Additionally, Mitchell talks about motherhood’s effects on eating, and shares recipes created for making healthy eating fun and interesting.