It can be a challenge to sift through the saturated world of food and recipe blogs and find the consistently unique and delicious recipe websites among the white noise. Google no more. Grab some tissues to wipe the inevitable drool off your face and make room on your Bookmarks toolbar, because you’re going to want to visit these sites (listed in no particular order) on a routine basis.
Slow-cooker pulled pork (Skinnytaste)
Operated by recipe developer Gina Homolka, Skinnytaste features delicious, healthy, low-fat, family-friendly recipes several times per week. Some of the things we love about this site: Homolka’s recipes are realistic — they’re affordable, the ingredients are easily attainable and Homolka seems to keep in mind that a 20-ingredient recipe is problematic for many with small households because not everyone can consume the leftover ingredients before they spoil. She’s not below using a bag of frozen vegetables instead of a plethora of fresh ones that we’ll never finish throughout the week. We’re looking forward to Homolka’s first cookbook, to be released in fall 2014.
Zucchini fritters (Smitten Kitchen)
The unpretentious foodie’s dream blog, Smitten Kitchen shares a variety of recipes, including unique twists on comfort foods and everything from how to poach an egg to how to make tart dough that doesn’t shrink up on you, as well as side dishes that take less than five minutes to make. The beauty of this blog: It doesn’t try to impress you with pricey, hard-to-find ingredients — Deb, the blog creator and recipe inventor, always uses accessible foods — and the gorgeous photographs are worth looking at even if you don’t make the dishes.
Bacon guacamole grilled cheese sandwich (Closet Cooking)
One of the few recipe blogs on this list created and operated by a man, Closet Cooking is the brainchild of Kevin — from Ontario, Canada — who spends his “free time searching for and trying tasty new recipes in [his] closet-sized kitchen.”
We’re going to warn you right now: This site is dangerous. The man is an evil genius when it comes to cheese — and his sandwiches are toasted, gooey messes of deliciousness you’ve only seen in your wildest sandwich dreams. (Wait, we’re not the only ones who have sandwich dreams, right?) Please look — but don’t touch, unless you’ve thoroughly prepared yourself for the orgasmic consequences of true sandwich perfection — at the bacon guacamole grilled cheese and the mushroom melt, and tell us you don’t want a bite of that right this second.