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What’s For Dinner?

A few weeks ago I had a friend request a post with some of my favorite food blogs, so I’ve gathered a collection of the ones I return to over and over for dinner inspiration. I love to cook but in order for me to really be inspired, I need a gorgeous photo to draw me in. Each of these blogs are just as beautiful as they are delicious. In addition to the blogs, I highly recommend the cookbooks by each of these culinary artists.

Sprouted Kitchen

The photos on Sprouted Kitchen are just as beautiful as the food itself. It is a husband/wife team, she does the cooking, he takes the photos. I always feel good about the food I make from Sprouted Kitchen. Their recipes use natural ingredients, creating food that is healthy without sacrificing any flavor. Sara and Hugh put out a cookbook in 2012 that is filled with clean lines and beautiful photos. I am still working through the recipes but every one I have tried has been one to repeat.

A few favorites:
Lentil Soup with Chipotle Yogurt
Apple and Smoked Mozzarella Mini Calizones
Crusted Butternut Squash
Lemongrass Tofu Bowl (with chicken!)
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chilli Beans


My sister turned me on to Orangette years ago through cookies… the best cookie recipes ever. Not only do you get great recipes on Orangette, but you get a story as well. Molly Wizenberg now has two cookbooks, both are incredible. The read like a novel with recipes sprinkled throughout the chapters. If you are lucky enough to live in Seattle, you do not want to miss the restaurant her husband opened in Ballard. Go to Delancey for pizza, and please stop next door at Essex (also owned by Molly and Brandon) for a drink before dinner.

A few favorites:
Boiled Kale with Fried Egg and Toast
Chilled Peaches in White Wine (We like to serve these with a bit of Mascarpone)
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Apricots and Espresso
Pasta with Fried Proscuitto (All time favorite!)
Red Wine-Mustard Vinaigrette


When I am looking for comfort food I turn to Jamie Oliver. Everything here is a hit but usually I am searching the soups and pastas. Sometimes when I make a meal Elias really loves he asks, “Is this Jamie?” because it’s so good, it just has to be. Again, you don’t want to miss the cookbooks. These are the kind you want to sit down with a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine and flip through each page. The photos are great but really you just want to touch the paper… a smooth matte reminiscent of a newspaper crossed with a coffee table book.

I had some trouble finding our favorite Jamie Oliver recipes on the website. I usually just flip through my cookbooks for his recipes and it seems that some of them are not available on the website. I did some scrounging around though and found them in other places.
Fiery Dan Dan Noodles
Crispy and Sticky Chicken Thighs with Squashed New Potatoes and Tomatoes
Mini Shell Pasta with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce
Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
English Onion Soup with Sage and Cheddar

* Photos from each blog respectively.

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  1. This made me very happy. Thank so much, Theresa!

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