I am always checking through Pinterest to see what new and interesting recipes people are coming up with. Some of them have been kept in the family for generations and are now being shared on social media platforms like Pinterest for the first time.
If only my grandmother could see the way we get recipes these days- she would be so amazed. In her day, recipes were passed around in big folders, stuffed to the brim with scraps of papers and hastily scrawled recipes with writing that was hard to read after being used so many times. Pulling any random recipe out of a book like that, you were liable to find bits of flour, oil stains, or a little chocolate sauce on the recipe from its use in the kitchen.
I always looked forward to when my grandmother would take out that big folder of recipes she had put together and was preparing to make something from there. Those were all recipes I knew were good ones. That’s why they were kept in the book.
The only way to share recipes back then was to tote the big book (or individual recipes) to a neighbour’s house and start making the food off of the recipe. Or you could copy the recipe by hand and add it to your own collection. Some of the recipes were shared for generations, used by great grandparents and their parents before them, and so almost every recipe seemed like it had a legacy to it.
Each of those recipes was an exciting one to try out for the first time. I remember when I inherited some of my grandmother’s recipes. I was thrilled to get to try old favourites and put my own touches on them or see if I could duplicate my grandmother’s delicious dishes.
I was also so excited to try recipes I had never even seen before- ones she had never gotten around to fixing for me while I was growing up. Rifling through the loose pages felt like discovering a lost treasure chest. I didn’t really know what kind of goodies I was going to find.
The recipes being shared online by some of the biggest Pinterest bloggers are equally exciting to come across. I have a pretty good notion that the recipe will turn out well and will make something delicious. The top bloggers don’t just share any old recipe- they tend to carefully curate them and test them out before publishing them.
After all, their reputation and popularity depend on the success of the recipes they post. It’s a good bet that just about every recipe a top blogger publishes will be a winner.
For years, I’ve been building my list of recipes I commonly refer to, pulling from online sources mostly. I think it’s pretty great these days that every kind of food you want to cook has a ton of recipes for it just waiting online to be discovered. It’s no trouble finding a recipe for anything that comes into your mind to cook, but the problem comes from finding a good quality recipe.
There are so many recipe and cooking sites online that you are going to come across ones that aren’t much good. Some sites put out recipes just to have content to publish and not because they have something special and worthwhile to share.
Similarly, you have sites that are more concerned with quantity than quality control, and they have to constantly publish recipes just to get people to visit their site.
That’s where curated lists like this article come in. Like a lot of people who find most of their recipes online, I have come across some that I’m not too sure about and tested them out, only to be disappointed. Maybe the recipe has clashing flavours to it or has too much salt, too little water, comes out dry or is needlessly complicated. We have probably all been there, and I would like to help you avoid some of those unfortunate cooking disasters.
Even the kitchen bloggers we know and love can mess up sometimes, making a mistake with the recipes they post and putting a slightly wrong measurement down that just destroys the end result. That may be okay if you’re testing out a recipe on some lazy afternoon just to see how it comes out. When you have been working hard all day, though, and you have to make supper for your family who seems to be on the verge of starving, you want the food to taste good.
Heaven forbid that you try to make a recipe for the first time on Thanksgiving or Christmas and end up with a disaster the whole family will have to experience simply because the recipe was no good.
So, it’s important that you get recipes that are carefully selected and that have been tested by others and proven to work. I know I count on lists like that to save me from making regrettable dishes, so I know this list of the 40 best food bloggers and their recipes will come in useful to some other people as well.
These are all bloggers I have been watching or been recommended by others, so I trust them to put together sensational recipes that produce some incredible food. If there is a problem with the food, I would want it to be on my end rather than it be a problem with the recipe.
As you look for something tasty to make or you build up a personal collection of recipes to save up for later, I hope these are an inspiration to you.
Why Use Pinterest when Cooking?
Before we get to the list, I want to share with you why I use Pinterest for finding recipes and why it might make sense for you as well. There are tons of sites out there that feature recipes, but there are some reasons why I favour Pinterest over the other options.
1. The Pictures
The most obvious reason to use Pinterest is for the pictures. Everything has to have a picture to go with it, so you know you are going to find pictures of every recipe that you come across there. That image gives you an idea of what the food looks like and if it will be appealing to you once it is finished.
2. The Ability to Organise
One of the coolest features that Pinterest offers is the ability to add any and everything you see onto your own personal lists. Just click the “Save” icon on the picture and it will be saved in one of your folders, or boards as they are called.
I keep one board for desserts, one for breakfast items, one for appetisers and so on. I grow pumpkin in my garden, so I keep one board just for pumpkin recipes. You can make up your own boards and save and organise your recipes easily this way.
3. The Recommendations
Once you start searching the site and pinning pictures to boards, Pinterest will start learning about you. If you are looking up a bunch of recipes and saving those, it will start to give you recipe recommendations based on your search history and pin history. It learns what you like and you will then start to see more of what you like.
4. Finding New Stuff
Pinterest has a very active community. They are always posting new things, so I come across new recipe every time I go onto the site. Just clicking away from Pinterest and then back on gives me a new set of recipes to browse through, and I never run out of recipes to try. In all of that content, you’re bound to get a few recipes that aren’t any good, but that’s why you have lists like this to help you sort through it.
The Bloggers and Their Recipes
1. TasteMade’s Mac and Cheese Lava Cake
This blog is made by a team of foodies for who love travelling and trying new things from all over the world. Their lava cake is a new spin on a classic dish that kids and grownups can both enjoy. It’s soft and gooey in the inside and delightfully crunchy on the outside.
Laura Strange focuses on foods that are compatible with coeliac disease, and she loves to travel and cook. This sushi concoction uses maple syrup as part of the glaze for a new, gluten free way to make teriyaki sauce. The veggies and salmon are a great companion to the rice, creating a smorgasbord of taste sensations.
3. How Sweet Eats’ Creamed Spinach Mac and Cheese
This mum has been using the internet to take healthy foods she used to loathe and turning them into foods that her and her family love, and then she shares them with the world. This is an inspired way to put some veggies into a kids’ favourite. The melted cheese and crispy breadcrumbs make for a wonderful combination. There is so much cheese in this dish that I don’t think anyone will complain about the addition of spinach.
Leigh Anne takes a neighbourly approach to cooking, making her blog personable and friendly, with down home recipes that anyone can make. Not only is this chocolate fondu recipe easy, but it tastes amazing. It’s perfect for dipping all kinds of goodies in and making them taste even better, and it’s a great addition to your snack plate.
5. Eat Well 101’s Roasted Garlic Butter Parmesan Potatoes
Christina Cherrier is one of Eat Well 101’s premier food bloggers and recipe gurus. These potatoes are crispy, seasoned perfectly. They’re a light, tender addition to any meal that are fairly simple to make, and this recipe ensures that they come out just right every time. Once you make them yourself for the first time, you’ll want to share them with friends.
6. Closet Cooking’s Chicken and Avocado Burritos
Kevin uses his tiny kitchen to make food that is more than just the ordinary, boring stuff he had been eating for far too long. This recipe is a good example of that. It’s a simple way to make healthy but very tasty burritos. I was excited to try it as soon as I saw the pictures. Best of all, this recipe uses the superfood everybody loves these days- avocado.
7. Damn Delicious’ One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo
Chungah Ree take the simplest of ingredients that most people have in their kitchen already and turns them into something classy and tasty. This orzo dish is not just healthy and delicious, but it is super easy to throw together. I love that you can make it all in one pot and that it is bursting with so much flavour.
8. Sweet Spicy Kitchen’s Easy Frozen Oreo Dessert
Dragana combines her loves of food and photography to make a blog that is mouthwatering just to look at. This Oreo dessert looks like it would be tough to make, but it’s deceptively simple. It’s the kind of sweet dish that is so amazing you want to keep going back for more and making it again every chance you get.
9. Joyous Apron’s Berry French Toast Casserole
MinShien makes gourmet cooking look easy, and it helps that she’s a great photographer as well. Looking at the name of the recipe, I was sure those foods didn’t go together, but when I tried the recipe for myself, I was amazed at how nicely the flavours and texture all come together. It’s so filling you can have it in the middle of the day or it will keep you going for a long time after breakfast.
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10. Feel Good Foodie’s Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich
Yumna hasn’t been cooking for her whole life, though the passion she has for it and her expertise at making delicious dishes makes that hard to believe. This sandwich takes the simple grilled cheese sandwich and elevates it to something more filing and nutritious. Nuts and seasonings in a grilled cheese sandwich are something I didn’t think I could get on board with, but I definitely am for this recipe.
11. The Soccer Mom Blog’s Ham, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Sliders
Stacey does more than just make great recipes that are family friendly and kid approved. She also offers fun activities for parents to do with their kids and other great resources for families. She takes a simple and classic breakfast dish, the meat, egg, and cheese slider- and adds some minor touches to make it really special and so comforting. This has got to be the best breakfast meal for keeping you warm and full on a winter’s morning.
12. Simply Quinoa’s Dark Chocolate Overnight Oats
Alyssa Rimmer takes a holistic approach to health and eating, and that shows through in her recipes that are mindful of how they affect a person’s overall health and wellbeing. This is an oat dish that makes for a great breakfast, but it definitely tastes like dessert. You don’t have to feel guilty about eating it, though, since it is healthy, full of nutrients, and gluten free.
13. Half Baked Harvest’s Roasted Red Pepper Alla Vodka Pasta
Tieghan loves trying new foods from other countries and cultures and then creating dishes that inspire other people to try those new foods as well. I think you’ll enjoy this rich pasta that has breadcrumb topping and a creamy sauce. It is a great way to take your pasta to the next level.
14. Chef Savvy’s Toasted Ravioli
Kelly Simmons might be classically trained as a chef, but she delights in making simple meals into a gourmet treat. A great example of that is her toasted ravioli, which uses premade ravioli and adds some quick prep work before toasting it in the oven.
15. Deep Fried Honey’s Birria Quesatacos con Consome
Maria likes to play it by ear when she cooks, throwing things together without a lot of planning ahead to make some really inspired dishes. These corn tortillas are toasted until crispy and they ooze tons of Oaxaca cheese. Stuffed with braised beef and fresh veggies, the clash of texture and flavour here is incredible.
Brenda is all about traditional recipes being brought to the internet, and this is a great example of that. You might think lasagna would never work as a soup, but this watery dish uses strips of pasta and fresh, cool toppings to create a surprising explosion of flavour and sensations.
17. Food and Wine’s Poppy Seed Crepes with Tangy Lemon Curd and Ricotta
Sara Bolla isn’t afraid to try something new, and if she loves it, she feels compelled to share it with someone. One look at this dish and I thought that this is not how you do crepes, but I was glad to experience a new way of making them and loved the different flavours coming together in a fun way.
18. Sugar Apron’s Apple Pie Cupcakes
Sarah likes to develop new recipes when she isn’t teaching kindergarten, and this one is a real winner. It’s a cupcake that feels like a pie almost, and I love it for that. It’s decadent and probably really unhealthy, so these cupcakes will always feel like a treat.
Brittany makes every effort to eat healthy and eat natural, without attaching a bunch of labels to her diet or method of cooking. Taking cauliflower and making it a healthy substitute for corn nachos Is really inspired. The recipe calls for enough toppings to make it colourful and still healthy.
Chris might have a claim to fame by having appeared on “Crazy Delicious”, but he keeps things real and simple on his food blog. One of his best creations is this stuffed garlic dough ball. It’s surprisingly healthy and yet packed with flavour, managing to straddle the line between comfort food and diet food.
21. Closet Cooking’s Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries
From his tiny kitchen, Kevin makes some truly creative masterpieces. Replacing fries with strips of carrots might sound like vegetarianism and healthy eating gone too far, but this tasty recipe really makes the madness work as something delightful.
22. Emily Bites’ Cream Cheese and Herb Stuffed Chicken
Emily delights in taking classic dishes and finding nutritious and low calorie ways to make them. One fine example of that is with her stuffed chicken recipe. Pan searing keeps the chicken succulent without frying it, and the assortment of herbs and spices really pack in the flavour.
Rachel is proud of the healthy choices she has made in her life and is working to make it easy for other people to make similarly healthy choices about the way they live and eat. This dish is designed to be easy enough for anyone to make and yet very tasty and clean. It leans heavily into the vegetables but also adds in sesame seeds and of course some tasty beef strips for a meal you’ll want to have over and over again.
24. Kath Eats’ Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board
Kathy is a dietician that makes sure her recipes are made simply and are free from synthetic ingredients as much as possible. Here is a packed out snack board to have fun with. By giving you tons of options, you know none of your guests will have trouble finding something they love. There are a few unexpected choices in here that work surprisingly well together.
25. The Café Sucre Farine’s Greek Yogurt Turkish Flatbread
Scott and Chris like to take simple recipes and update them with some fun twists to bring them into a whole new generation. For this flatbread, they made it super easy to make- with one bowl, no mess and no mixer required. It could not be any simpler.
26. Half Baked Harvest’s Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks
Tieghan likes to change up her cooking as the seasons change, trying to make dishes that fit the mood of each season. Here is one you’ll want practically every morning, though. These scrumptious cinnamon sticks are healthier than the typical French bread sticks, but every bit as delicious.
Amber developed a love of cooking at young age by helping her mom out in the kitchen. This fun dish is one the whole family can get involved in making, and it should give you some ideas about what to have for movie night. I always turn to snack board recipes like this when I’m not sure what I might be craving later on.
Jeeca loves animals and her vegan recipes, and those recipes are all designed to make the world a bit more animal friendlier. With these noodles, all the vegan boxes are ticked, and they are also really simple to make. The colourful look and saucy texture make this a novel way to cook up the ramen standard.
Brownyn is a student of the food sciences and has some new takes on dishes that might surprise you. Here is a colourful, tasty vegan dish that is a great way to use up some veggies in your pantry. Risotto may seem challenging to make, but this recipe keeps things simple, with no fuss and a fail-free method.
Gina stays busy by developing recipes and taking care of her kids. She prefers fresh foods that are available each season. Here, she takes the classic broccoli and beef dish that most Chinese restaurants serve and gives it a healthy makeover. That was the idea behind this dish, and it succeeds in all that while still being completely scrumptious.
31. CopyKat’s Chicken Katsu
Stephanie has been publishing her recipes to the internet for more than 25 years, and she has a ton of recipes to her name. With this chicken cutlet dish, she brings the taste of Chinese fine dining into the kitchen and shows you how to make this potentially challenging dish in a simple way. The recipe shows you how to make almost everything from scratch, but you can opt for a quicker meal with pre-made ingredients.
32. Dash of Savory’s Puff Pastry Croque Madame
Victoria left college to become a full time cooking guru, and she has never looked back since. Pastry doesn’t have to be a food reserved for only experienced chefs to make. This recipe is surprisingly easy, and the puff pastry here is a definite comfort food- rich and hearty.
33. Café Delites’ Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Mushrooms
Karina likes to eat healthy, but not at the expense of making great tasting food, and that passion for tastiness really shows through in her recipes. If you love the meaty texture and woody taste of mushrooms, you are going to love what this recipe does for them. It really elevates mushrooms, making them tastier than ever before and bringing out some amazing flavours by using an assortment of herbs and veggies.
34. Pickled Plum’s Korean Sticky Chicken Recipe
Caroline has a massive collection of recipes on her blog, and she has been doing the cooking blog thing for over 10 years. She infuses this classic Korean dish with tons of mouthwatering flavour without making it greasy or unhealthy. It’s a great dish for introducing someone to Korean cuisine; plus, it is easy to make.
Shiran focuses on sweet things with her blog, and I think we all wish we could do the same. This recipe combines two of my favourite desserts in a delectable combination that you won’t believe you never thought to try before. The recipe uses a limited number of dishes for less mess than you would expect, and the brownies will feel limited as well as they get devoured by anyone who sees them.
This vegetarian has a passion for spicy foods and an insatiable sweet tooth. Bring the taste of India into your kitchen with this relatively simple dish. It’s filling and hearty and relatively quick to make. It only takes about 30 minutes, despite how complex the pictures make it look.
Its’s a blog that focuses on chocolate in all its forms. Vera loves chocolate and finds new ways to use the ingredient in practically everything she makes. With this recipe, she went all out and definitely topped every chocolate dessert recipe I have ever seen. This one has it all- marshmallows, chocolate drizzle, Oreos, and chocolate mousse. Don’t let the name scare you off- this is dessert through and through.
38. Foodie Crush’s 5-Ingredient Chicken Chipotle Taquitos
Heidi spends all her day cooking, it seems, and sometimes she finds time to share her recipes with others. These taquitos are not just delicious and filling, but they are also super simple. With only a handful of ingredients, you can make taquitos to die for. Heidi tells you how the make them from scratch and provides all the info you could ever want to know about taquito making.
Sue doesn’t lean too hard on making healthy food, but instead favours a healthy appetite for food of all kinds. With her cottage pie recipe, she shows you how to make a delightful casserole that will be the talk of the season. She uses ground short ribs as her secret ingredients, and it makes this cottage pie taste unique for sure.
40. Vibrant Plate’s Detox Spinach Green Smoothie
Kristina and Mitja are all about the healthy, dairy free meals, and they have some great recipes to share. My favourite of their entire collection is this this simple detox smoothie. It only uses a few ingredients and is great for helping you feel your best. If you want to try a variation on the simple smoothie, they have a few options for mixing it up.
If you’re ready to try some new things or give some classics a new twist, take one of these recipes for a spin. I bet you’ll be pinning them to your boards in no time.