So I know there are a lot of gourmet food blogs out there. Here’s the thing – I love gourmet food just as much as the next stuck up food snob but quite honestly, there are times when I go to a high end restaurant for “gourmet” food and end up leaving disappointed. I’m all for molecular gastronomy, but if my stomach isnt satisfied at the end of the meal… well then epic fail. Perhaps I dont have the refined palate necessary to enjoy all gourmet food or maybe I’m right and a bunch of it sucks and there are really only a few good places.
Regardless, there is definitely a blog trend for gourmet food. I feel the same way about gourmet food blogs that I feel about gourmet food restaurants. Worse, gourmet food blogs often include incredibly difficult recipes, and you essentially have to be a restaurant chef to prepare the food. Even the magazine Gourmet usually futures simple sounding recipes with 300 ingredients.
I much prefer good, old-fashion, home-style, down and dirty food. You know, the kind you get at that no-name, hole in the wall restaurant that looks totally sketchy but has the most delicious thai/chinese/indian/italian food you’ve ever had in your entire life. I want something authentic and feel-good. Which brings me to two notable blogs. The first is my good friend Bos Guy who occasionally posts various recipes that he creates for dinner. Most of his recipes tend toward an Italian bent… which is perfectly fine with me. His eggplant parm is quite delicious and is almost exactly the version I make. More importantly though, his recipes arent tricky or difficult and dont require hours of preparation or ingredients you need to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to obtain.
The other food blog I want to feature comes from a good friend who also happens to be an ICU nurse at the hospital where I moonlight. In her blog, Jenn lays out the recipes she makes in order to feed her lovely family of three. Jenn’s food is not pretentious or complicated but home-made and heartfelt. Even better though, her food blog contains personal anecdotes about her life, what scares her about cooking (like cooking salmon for the first time), how her food reflects on her, and the times she has failed while cooking (read the post titled “epic fail…inferno”). Definitely check out Feeding The Fords if you are stumped on what to make for dinner tonight.
You can now find both BosGuy Blog and Feeding The Fords on the blogroll