Monday, August 17, 2009

Catablogue: Nosh and Tell

Nosh and Tell: Everyting Tastes Better with a Dash of Sass

Yep, time for another food blog! By now you know what I like in a blog about food:
  • attractive photographs of the food, preferably both "in-process" and "final product" snapshots
  • recipes
  • stories to go along with the photos and the recipes--"how I did it," "what went wrong," "advice for those trying this themselves," "what inspired me," etc.
  • ability to search for recipes via categories or easy-to-understand labels for each post
  • links to relevant sites (e.g., the restaurant or grocery store or cookbook or brand-name product referred to in a particular post, the blogger's own list of favorite food-related sites)

Nosh and Tell does not disappoint. In addition to tales from the kitchen, the blog features tales from the road: food experienced at restaurants or festivals or family get-togethers, etc. There are lots of delicious sweet recipes (a "Look at My Cookies" regular feature) and a few hints for what to make when the fridge or pantry needs cleaning out but you don't want to throw still-good ingredients. The bloggers write that "food brings people together" and "food has transformed from a way of sustenance to a way of life" (citation), a positive attitude that shows in the way they write about food and in the quality of the recipes that they share.

BONUS SITE #1: TasteSpotting, an "obsessive-compulsive collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side" (citation). Highly visual people will love the site's homepage: a tidily arranged series of boxes, each featuring a beautiful photograph of taste-tempting food. See something that looks especially good to you? Click on the photo and be transported to the site that is the source of that photo (and its recipe)!

BONUS SITE #2: Cooking During Stolen Moments: An Affair with My Kitchen, a blog by a stay-at-home mom who spends only $350 per month on groceries cooking for herself, her husband, and their four children! "Stolen moments" refers to the few minutes here and there throughout the day that she uses to prepare supper in stages so that, most days, supper prep is done by 1:00 P.M., leaving her with the afternoon to tend to other joys or duties (citation). Budget-friendly recipes that include lots of making "from scratch" but that don't require a lot of time in the kitchen . . . plus all the elements from the bulleted list above? Definitely a worthwhile site to visit!

(What is a catablogue?)

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