I believe the best way to a man’s heart (or anyone’s heart for that matter) is still through their stomach. . .No matter how many times you crack open the Kama Sutra or don a latex suit . . . cooking him something is the best way to catch his attention. ~Pamela
Today’s foodie spotlight is shining on Pamela, the saucy minx behind My Man’s Belly (MMB). This is not your Nana’s online cook book, unless she likes eye candy in the blog header and cookies nick-named Unicorn Farts. If so, your Nana rocks!
We asked Pamela to tell us more about her tasty, unique site:
Why did you start your food blog? I had been working as an internet consultant for a few years and when the economy took a hit in ’08-’09 I found myself clientless. Since I’ve always enjoyed cooking, and I was doing it pretty much everyday, I thought I’d start up a food blog. It was a way to help fill my days and gain some new internet skills at the same time.
My favorite place is over the Kitchen Aid, covered in flour/powdered sugar/batter in yoga pants or a favorite pair of too fancy shoes while trying to keep the kitchen from looking like a bakery exploded. ~Abby The Frosted Vegan
People, I have five words for you: Cinnamon. Raisin. Loaded. Almond. Butter. This is just one of the many recipes that has me adoring The Frosted Vegan this week.
In the past, if you’ve avoided vegan websites because you thought they were all about 101 ways to cook tofu, think again. Abby has been in the kitchen helping her Dad and Grandma since she was old enough to reach the countertop. Her blog is loaded with delicious recipes, vibrant photos and stories about the inspiration behind each dish.
Recently we asked Abby to tell us a bit more about The Frosted Vegan.
Why did you start your food blog? I have always wanted to start a food blog, but I finally decided to take the plunge last year after I moved away from my hometown and I wanted to share dessert recipes with my dad. I honestly wish I’d started sooner, but already so thankful for the community I’ve become a part of, food bloggers are pretty awesome people.
How would you describe your approach to eating/health? I eat a primarily vegan/plant-based diet, occasionally eating cheese or dairy in baked goods, but I try to stick to whole foods as much as possible. I believe in indulging in moderation and that nothing should be “off limits”, if you want it, have it! I connect more with how I feel after I eat something, if I feel bad after, I probably won’t eat much of it again.
Lacy Hansen is a fellow contributor at Diets In Review. She’s also a fantastic mama and running fiend who spends her spare time training for marathons and encouraging other runners, especially those newbies who want to quit after the first mile. Recently, she suggested that I contact Jason Bahamundi from, Cook Train Eat Race. The blog is more than a collection of recipes, it’s a site that focuses on helping athletes improve their performance.
We asked Jason to tell us more about his multi-purpose blog and his waffle addiction –
Why did you start your food blog? My blog started out as a training log and I thought at one point: What will I blog about once this race is done? I needed to re-brand it. At that point I spoke with a web developer and out of that conversation came my passion for eating a whole foods diet while training and racing endurance events. One conversation sparked the Cook Train Eat Race brand and that is my blog today.
For Dana and her husband, John, minimalist is not just a catchy buzzword in the name of their blog, it’s something they’ve incorporated into every aspect of their lives . In an effort to pursue the things they’ve decided are most meaningful, they make a conscious decision to keep their little corner of the world as clutter-free as possible. With Minimalist Baker, they’re proving that eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive or take time away from other people, projects or pursuits that are just as important. That is not to say the recipes are boring, oh my, no. Currently on the home page, Dana has a ridiculously tasty Pumpkin Spice Latte Waffle recipe. As Billy from Wit & Vinegar would say, “I want to smash my face in it.”
Recently, Dana spoke with us about how Minimalist Baker became a thing – a good thing.
Why did you start your food blog? The short answer is, I love food. But really, I started Minimalist Baker because it’s the way I cook and bake on a daily basis. I naturally tend to steer clear of recipes that require too much time or odd, expensive ingredients. For this reason all of the recipes on our site require just 7 ingredients, one bowl or one spoon, or just 30 minutes.
Have you ever clicked on a food blog for one quick recipe, then an hour later you realize you just went down the rabbit hole of deliciousness? That’s what happened to me with this week’s Food Blogger Spotlight, Chanie from Busy In Brooklyn.
I’ve decided Chanie is the friend we all love to visit because her house is warm and welcoming, she always has a new craft to show us or a delicious recipe she wants us to taste. While we’re chatting about the latest kerfuffle at the school PTO meeting, she’ll suddenly offer a new time-saving kitchen idea she’s discovered.
I’ve never met her in person but I have a whole scenario going in my head. It borders on stalking. On that note, it’s probably time for Chanie to tell us about Busy In Brooklyn in her own words. . .
Why did you start your food blog?
I had just given birth to my third child and going back to work wasn’t an option for me. I had all this creative energy that I needed to put into something. As a stay at home mom who was trained in web design and loved to write, cook and craft, a blog just made sense. I never imagined it would grow as much as it has.
How would you describe your approach to eating/health?
I believe everything in moderation. I love to cook healthy meals with a focus on seasonal, from scratch ingredients, but as a busy mom that’s not always easy. I have learned to strike a balance somewhere in between. It’s OK to have a cookie every now and then, and it’s also OK to use jarred marinara sauce in a pinch!