Meet the Members of the Cooking Light Bloggers' Connection
Cooking Light Bloggers' Connection
Each of these bloggers brings a unique perspective, background, and style of cooking, making them valuable additions to the conversation around healthy eating. Check in with them daily, follow them through social media outlets, and join our conversation around the beautiful power of home-cooked food.
What Annie's Eating
Name: Annie Garcia
Based in: Santa Monica, CA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Mostly healthy, sometimes indulgent, always delicious.
Why do you love cooking? I have loved the kitchen, cooking, and all things food ever since I was a little girl. Cooking for myself, friends, and family is my happy place—it’s creative, sensory, nostalgic, mindful, and it’s the absolute best way to bring a group of people together.
An Edible Mosaic
Name: Faith Gorsky
Based in: West Seneca, NY
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Unique recipe collection of updated American classics & international favorites; emphasis on seasonal dishes & tantalizing food photography
Why do you love cooking? I love cooking because of the way it nurtures and inspires creativity. One of my favorite things to do is head into my kitchen at dinnertime without a plan or agenda, peer pensively into the pantry and fridge, and see how dinner unfolds.
Name: Holley Grainger
Based in: Birmingham, AL
Describe your blog in a Tweet: At @holleygrainger, you can always count on doable, practical and delicious nutrition advice and recipes for the entire family.
What should readers know about you? I’m a registered dietitian, wife, mom, and business owner that does her best to keep it real and have fun with her family, readers, and clients all while balancing a sink of dirty dishes, a clingy toddler and a glass of red wine.
Name: Alexandra Caspero
Based in: St. Louis, MO
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Healthy, whole-food vegetarian recipes with a dash of nutrition tips.
Why do you love cooking? My love language is food. I love creating nourishing meals that I can share with people I love; sitting around the kitchen table is my favorite way to connect.
Shaw Simple Swaps
Name: Elizabeth Shaw
Based in: San Diego, CA
What should readers know about you? I am always up for a challenge and relish in shopping on a budget! I love to use ingredients most people have on hand in innovative ways to create meals in minutes. I love sharing my passion of food through writing and showing the public that healthy eating is possible through small changes over time. Simple swaps is my motto!
Why do you love cooking? Cooking for me is a way to bring my family and friends around one table to share and laugh together. I absolutely love it when I can sneak in a stealth health maneuver, like cottage cheese in the dark chocolate cake, to dispel the myth that healthy eating tastes like cardboard. I heard two of you ask for seconds, right?!
Diet Deep Dish
Name: Carrie Madormo
Based in: Milwaukee, WI
How would you describe your blog in a Tweet? Diet Deep Dish is where you will find simple, seasonal, healthier versions of your favorite Midwest comfort food.
What should readers know about you? While I love finding easy ways to lighten-up a recipe, I still splurge when it’s worth it! I am always trying to balance my love of deep dish pizza, Portillo’s chocolate cake shakes and anything fried on a stick with a healthy, happy, active lifestyle.
Eats Well With Others
Name: Joanne Bruno
Based in: New York City
Describe your blog in a Tweet: A mostly crazy, sometimes ridiculous, always delicious, vegetable and cupcake-laden account of life as an MD/PhD student in NYC
What should we know about you? I’m a vegetarian who occasionally eats sushi and I’m also an exercise nut. I’ve run two marathons with plans to run a third in November. I’m also snarky with a penchant for hyperbole...so take everything I say with a grain of salt.
Glori of Food
Name: Lori Holtzman
Based in: Chicago, IL
Describe your blog in a Tweet: A personal celebration of food: decadent/healthy, unique/classic, simple/complex…all things delicious #glorioffood
Why do you love cooking? Cooking is so rewarding because good food does so much more than just feed the body. It makes people happy, brings them together, and even becomes woven into life stories. My favorite recipes are those that remind me of a special time, person, or place in my life. Of course, I also just enjoy the process of putting different ingredients together and then seeing and tasting the final product.
I Can Cook That
Name: Kaitlin Lunny
Based in: Philadelphia, PA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: A twenty-something on her own for the first time trying to learn the ins and outs of cooking.
What should we know about you? I make mistakes, forget to add ingredients, and never let the butter completely soften. But I still end up with delicious meals, even if it’s not perfect. I also love using new ingredients, methods, and cooking techniques to continue to challenge myself.
La Fuji Mama
Name: Rachael Hutchings
Based in: Southern California
Describe your blog in a Tweet: La Fuji Mama is a website focused on bringing world flavors to the family dinner table.
When and why did you start blogging? I started my blog in February 2007 while living in Tokyo, Japan, to document my experiences living as a new mom and expat, and write about my love for Japanese food and culture. When we moved back to the US, my blog slowly morphed into a food blog.
Mommy Hates Cooking
Name: Kristy Still
Based in: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Describe your blog in a Tweet: In a Cooking Rut? Check out how @MomHatesCooking went from burnt oven mitts to homemade meals with some of her tasty, easy recipes!
When and why did you start blogging? I started blogging in the summer of 2010 because we were in a cooking rut. I was not a fan of cooking and was making the same few recipes over and over. I decided that it was time to take extreme measures, so I started my blog to teach myself to cook and show those who were in the same situation that there is hope and you can cook!
Name: Josie Spain
Based in: Atlanta, GA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Family friendly, with an emphasis on seasonal and southern food.
Why do you love cooking? I love turning simple ingredients into something special—whether it’s a humble salad or a complicated and intricate dessert—the process and the end result are equally gratifying.
Raise Healthy Eaters
Name: Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen
Based in: San Diego, CA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Raise Healthy Eaters gives parents peace of mind when it comes to feeding their family by simplifying nutrition, taking the struggle out of feeding and making nutritious meal preparation EASY.
What’s a dish you make that family and friends always request? I make a mean salad with greens, candied pecans, apple slices, green onions, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. Now I'm just expected to bring salads to family parties!
Name: Robin Gagnon
Based in: Rhode Island
Describe your blog in a Tweet: A food and lifestyle blog, with an emphasis on healthy eating.
Why do you love cooking? It is a wonderful and practical way to express creativity, in everyday life. Cooking is an accessible art readily shared with those you love.
What dish made you fall in love with cooking? It was more of an evolving thing, from 20 years working in restaurants, then finding myself a stay at home mom with plenty of time to experiment in the kitchen.
Taking on Magazines…One Recipe at a Time
Name: Christiane Potts
Based in: Winston Salem, NC
Describe your blog in a Tweet: I test out magazine recipes at home for accuracy, ease of home cooking, taste and clean-up. Then my family and I report the results to you.
What dish made you fall in love with cooking? The first pie I made (in high school) had a crust that was so hard that we couldn’t pound through it to get to the apples. I think when I finally learned to make a perfect piecrust, I felt the love bloom.
Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Name: Marina Delio
Based in: Santa Barbara, CA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Beautiful photographs of healthy mostly meatless recipes the whole family will love.
What should readers know about you? I’m proud to be a stay at home mommy with two sweet little girls. My style is a relaxed elegance that shows up in my recipes. I love learning about food and getting it from the source. Our family has 4 chickens and a small vegetable garden in our backyard. I would much rather eat the eggs than the chicken.
Katrina Runs for Food
Name: Katrina P
Based in: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Katrina Runs for Food combines running, clean eating, and food photography to show that healthy food can look and taste OUTSTANDING!
When and why did you start blogging? I started blogging in 2008 as a runner dealing with long-term injuries. While working on the physical fitness, I started documenting my transition to clean eating and general food interests.
The Faux Foodie Girl
Name: Jelena (JT) Meisel
Based in: Miami, FL
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Discovering a True Foodie Within Me One Bite at a Time & Other Pleasures of Life
What should readers know about you? I would like to consider myself a foodie [according to WIKIPEDIA - a foodie is someone who simply loves food for consumption, study, preparation, and news.], the only problem is, I lack the part in interest in preparation of food. I prefer consumption ONLY, hence the blog name THE FAUX FOODIE GIRL. I may not be savvy around the kitchen, but I am very savvy with my cookbooks, foodie blogs and recipes. The key to good and healthy eating is good planning, and I am a very good planner!
What’s Cookin’ Chicago?
Name: Joelen Tan
Based in: Chicago, IL
Describe your blog in a Tweet: What’s Cookin’ Chicago captures food adventures in and out of the kitchen as a former chef and private caterer.
What should readers know about you? I embrace food and culture and can find something to link in every cuisine.
Name: Betsy Haley
Based in: San Diego, CA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: A sunny perspective on cooking, baking, healthy living, and creating the life you crave.
Why do you love cooking? For me, cooking is instant gratification artwork. You start with nothing, and pretty soon you have created something! It’s art you can do every day. I find never-ending inspiration in ingredients, recipes, magazines, cookbooks, blogs, etc.
Our Family Eats
Name: Susan Schuman
Based in: St. Augustine, FL
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Simple recipes, encouragement, and tips for getting healthy, family-friendly meals on the table in a hurry.
What should readers know about you? In early 2011 my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. Instead of drugs I changed our diet to remove all artificial ingredients and her symptoms vanished. Now I’m passionate about sharing information on how dangerous artificial ingredients can be.
Real Kids Eat Spinach
Name: Susan Napolitano
Based in: Monroe, CT
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Real Kids Eat Spinach serves up the dish on healthy family food: getting kids involved in the kitchen, eating together as a family, and thinking outside the inner aisles of the grocery store.
What should readers know about you? I’m a certified holistic health coach, single parent, and avid runner. None of my own recipes contain refined sugar or "white" products, and most are free of gluten and dairy as well.
Name: Kristina Sloggett
Based in: Portland, OR
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Spabettie recipes are accessible and uncomplicated, made with fresh, vibrant flavors and colors, always leaving room for indulgence.
What should readers know about you? I’m a mostly vegetarian who prefers to focus on fresh food more than labels. I live for summer evenings, wine country, one smart engineering guy, and dachshunds!
Teaspoon Of Spice
Name: Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD & Serena Ball, MS, RD
Based in: Deanna – Philadelphia; Serena – Chicago
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Two dietitians & moms who love food as much as you do and blog about healthy, easy & tasty ways to feed yourself and your family.
What should readers know about you? Though we are dietitians, we are NOT the food police. We love fruits and vegetables but we also love bacon and donuts. We like to talk about the joy of food and how to prepare it instead just listing milligrams of calcium or grams of protein. We strive to cook healthy and delicious the majority of the time but guess what? Some nights, cereal is what’s for family dinner and we think that’s OK.
The Professional Palate
Name: Regan Jones, RD
Based in: Evans, GA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Where something delicious is always in the works; written by an RD/foodie, social media/photo junkie playing wife & mom in my free time.
What dish made you fall in love with cooking? My first cooking memories are of being in my grandmother’s kitchen making a homemade plum cake. I think I was barely out of diapers, but remember it fondly. It’s the first recipe I ever remember cooking, and I’ve never wanted to stop.
Two Peas & Their Pod
Name: Maria Lichty
Based in: Salt Lake City, UT
Describe your blog in a Tweet: A fun place where husband and wife team up to create simple, fresh, family-friendly recipes.
When and why did you start blogging? (Summer of 2008) We started blogging shortly after we were married. We were spending a lot of time in the kitchen together and family and friends kept asking us for our recipes. Josh had a personal blog, so I started posting the recipes on his blog. Soon, strangers were visiting and we decided to transition the blog into a full-time food blog.
Taste and Sprout
Name: Elizabeth Cowie
Based in: Saint Louis, MO
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Taste and Sprout features tasty, healthy, family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy to prepare.
When and why did you start blogging? I started blogging in 2011 as a way to share my joy of creating in the kitchen and my passion for helping others transition to healthy eating. My recipes are the same food I cook on a daily basis for friends and family. Join me on a journey of lifelong health and learn to prepare delicious, fresh, healthy meals your whole family will love (and won’t even know that it’s good for them!)
Type A Kitchen
Name: Allison Strauss
Based in: Lansdale, PA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Healthy, easy, weeknight recipes from the heart and kitchen of a list-loving, multi-tasking, meal-planning maniac.
Why do you love cooking? I can control everything about it! The amount of time I spend, the degree of difficulty the recipe requires, the quality of the ingredients—I can control it all. And I find that the more I practice in the kitchen, the less I have to think about what I’m doing, which allows for a pretty stress-relieving dance party around the kitchen island.
Food n’ Focus
Name: April Aceto
Based in: Milwaukee, WI
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Food n’ Focus is a fusion of healthy recipes and tasty treats.
What dish made you fall in love with cooking? My grandmother’s homemade meatballs and gnocchi. We would have a family dinner every Sunday growing up and this was my favorite.
Name: Rashmi Nigam
Based in: Los Angeles, CA
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Yumkid.com (@yumkid) is about real kids, real food, real quick. It’s about raising children who will eat everything.
Why do you love cooking? Cooking is how I nourish my family and celebrate life with friends. A perfect evening for me is a full dinning table with delicious food, free flowing wine, and lots of laughter and conversation.
The Creative Kitchen
Name: Cricket Azima
Based in: New York, NY
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Appetites (big & small) agree The Creative Kitchen blog is THE place to find family-friendly recipes, product reviews, giveaways, and more!
What should readers know about you? In the classroom and at home, I’m a mom who believes that kids gain more when learning and retain more educational content when using all of their senses - and of course, when having fun! Through the efforts of my company, The Creative Kitchen, I specialize in cooking for and with kids. In addition to learning how to make a delicious and healthful recipe, children learn lesson about math, science, geography, history, social studies, art, language, and reading skills. They are also exposed to and develop skills related to socialization, physical activity, and lifetime learning.
Brunch and Cupcakes: One Girls Journey to Happily Ever Healthy
Name: Hilliary Wolfe
Based in: Minneapolis, MN
Describe your blog in a Tweet: My blog is a collection of easy and healthy recipes, my adventures with running and my journey to living a Happily Ever Healthy.
When and why did you start blogging? I started blogging two years after I graduated from college. I needed a creative outlet, and a place where I could write about my personal journey to a happier and healthier life!
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Name: Erin Sellin
Based in: Fort Collins, CO
Describe your blog in a Tweet: A mix of sweet treats and every day food for the whole family. Simple. Fun. Delicious.
What should readers know about you? I am a wife and a mom. I love cooking, and trying new ingredients and recipes. I never back down from a challenge, and will continue to work at something until I succeed.
Jeanette's Healthy Living
Name: Jeanette Chen
Based in: New Canaan, CT
Describe your blog in a Tweet: Healthy whole food recipes from around the world, all tried and true. Everything not only has to look good, it has to taste great!
When and why did you start blogging? I started blogging in June 2010 initially as a place to chronicle my experience cooking for friends with cancer. As time went on, I started including recipes I cook for my family of four boys. Most of my recipes are gluten-free or gluten-free adaptable.
Name: Amber Breeden
Based in: Washington, DC Metro Area
Describe your blog in a Tweet: It’s mama potpourri—recipes, DIY, baby/kid gear, fashion, parenting info, design—everything a busy mom needs, all in one spot!
Why do you love cooking? So many reasons—I love making delicious, healthy things for my family, carrying on family traditions and recipes, creating new dishes, watching people enjoy the food I make (that last one’s a bit selfish, but I still love it!).