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November 2013

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By Lorinda

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Lorinda as The Rowdy Baker.


November is going to be a wild month for me, so I'm cheating a little here and letting other writers help me out with this column.

A month ago I found out I was one of the top 13 contestants in Blogger Idol, a blogging competition whose byline is "Writers Are the New Rockstars." I don't know about the "rockstar" part, but I've certainly been writing my heart out, trying to stay in the competition. There are only eight of us left, so I'm scrambling to keep on top of things.

I'm the only food blogger participating in Blogger Idol, so I really have to prove that food bloggers can cook, research food issues, and write!

When I started my blog The Rowdy Baker about a year and a half ago, I wasn't even sure what a blog was. I'd probably been in and out of food blogs many times on my search for recipes, but didn't pay attention to them. Then I saw the movie "Julie & Julia" and understood the lure of connecting with like-minded people, and blogging suddenly seemed a lot more interesting.

In the last year I have found some wonderful food blogs. There are so many of them out there! If you are looking for diabetic, gluten-free, low-sodium, or vegan recipes . . . there's a blog for that! If you want Southern, Italian, or Hungarian recipes . . . the perfect blog is just waiting for you. When you find a blog you really love, there is usually an option to "follow" it. If you do that, an email will be sent to you each time a new blog is posted, so you'll never miss any of the fun.

Food bloggers are very dedicated and take a lot of time creating recipes and writing about them. It's fun to see the different styles and personalities shine through the posts. To get you started, here are eight of my favorite food blogs (and bloggers).

Michelle's Tasty Creations. Reward yourself with Pecan Pie Bars . . . perfect for Thanksgiving.


Pecan Pie Bars on Michelle's Tasty Creations.


Red, White and Blueberries: All-American Recipes with a Texas Twist.

Chin Deep.

Alaska from Scratch. Check out this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic & Orange.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic & Orange on Alaska from Scratch.


Baking in a Tornado: When all the walls are caving in, what could it hurt to bake?

Crumbs in My Mustachio.

Manu's Menu. Here's a link to the best homemade pasta tutorial ever! Pasta and Gnocchi.


Learn to make homemade pasta on Manu's Menu.


A New York Foodie: Eat Food with Lots of Colors.

I hope you'll enjoy "meeting" these wonderful people. Just don't forget about me, because I'll be back next month with some of my special holiday recipes.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Contact Lorinda at lorindamckinnon@gmail.com

Lorinda resides in Eastern Washington, where she joyously combines her love of cooking and gardening. Baking is her passion, and licking the batter off the spoon after making a cake is her reward. When she's not in the kitchen, she's out in the garden pulling weeds and snacking on young peas. Also enjoy Lorinda's blog, The Rowdy Baker.


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