Who Needs A Cookbook When You Have Blogs?

Before we get started on this post, I just wanted to announce the lucky winners of the FOUR GIVEAWAYS from last week!! πŸ™‚

The winner of the rosette headband and button earrings set by Oh, Sweet Joy is Anna of Be Healthy, Be Well, Be Inspired!

The winner of $25 credit to The Rusted Chain is Amylou of Amylouwho!

The winner of $30 credit to Ashley Carter Designs is Kelly of Just The Two Of Us!

The winner of the Autumn Breeze headband by Lindsay Harmony is Lola of The Life of Lola!

WINNERS: Congrats! Please email me at sandyalamode@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can send it on to my sponsors! :)


One of my favorite types of blogs posts to read AND write are food posts (or “The Dish” as I like to call it over here).  Because everyone pretty much has a love for food, am I right?  There aren’t many more things that bring me joy in life than when one of my friends says, “Hey, tried a recipe from your blog and everyone loved it”!  OK, well there are other things that bring me joy in life but this one is pretty high up there on the list.  Not only do I love sharing my own recipes, my parent’s recipes, as well as recipes I find online, from cookbooks and magazines that I’ve tried (and loved)… but more recently, I turn to other blogs for recipes as well!  Because if another blogger has tried it and found the time to blog about it, it must be worth it, yea?!  πŸ™‚  (All the pictures in this post were taken by me.)

First let’s start off with some Brie and Chive Biscuits from Food Wine and Mod Podge.  These savory bites are like a more sophisticated version of Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits.  They crunch and flake in your mouth and the little bits of brie with make your stomach thank you!

As your appetite gets going, I’d like to bring out another cheese appetizer, the amazing Favorite Cheese Ball by Cooking for Seven, with step-by-step instructions on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen site!  This chunk of cheese is super amped up with multiple cheeses, onion, garlic powder, cranberries and more, then rolled in crushed pecans.  Serve on your favorite cracker and you’ll have people popping until they can’t stop!  Trust me, that happened with one of my friends!!

Then we move on to Asian- Style Turkey Meatballs by Ruffles and Truffles!  It’s a combination of Asian and Italian, sweet, salty, and spicy all mixed up into a ball!  Not to mention, it uses turkey which makes it leaner than pork/beef (for the most part)!  Serve it with a side of rice and there’s an entree for you!

And lastly, to top off your meals, why not serve some Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Truffles to your guests, or keep them all to yourself, either way (I’m not judging you).  Thanks to Honeysuckle Chic for the recipe!  These are a mix of sweet, salty, chocolatey, and soft!  They sure do hit the spot when you’re looking for a perfect dessert to finish off your meal!  And they are pretty simple to make, can’t beat that!  πŸ™‚

Psssst… don’t forget to enter the For The Love Of Joy and Slieberry Designs giveaways going on right here, right now!

What are some of your favorite food/recipes blogs?

(besides mine, kidding!)


  1. February 23, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    Congrats to all the winners!

  2. February 23, 2011 / 10:23 pm

    I agree on the food blogs! I swear my life revolves around food. Have you checked out smitten kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/) there are some delish meals there!

  3. February 23, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    Oh my goodness those biscuits look sooooooo good!

  4. February 23, 2011 / 10:30 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m going to have to try those biscuits and truffles! They look soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  5. February 23, 2011 / 10:39 pm

    omg, those biscuits are seriously calling my name!! i love me some food blogs and thanks for introducing me to some new ones!

  6. February 23, 2011 / 10:48 pm

    you are cruel!!! looks amazing!


  7. February 23, 2011 / 11:07 pm

    How do people get such beautiful pictures of food???? Yum!

    I really want to try those meatballs. I’m going to need some new recipes when I head back home next week. πŸ™‚

    Have a great Thursday, friend!

  8. February 23, 2011 / 11:13 pm

    yes, yes! i love food/recipe blogs. seeing what bloggers make and eat inspires me to try different places and cuisines. i really like big apple nosh.

  9. February 23, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    you are killing me with these food images!! and you are so right there are soooo many receipes posted by bloggers. loved this!!

    i sitll need to attempt those bacon/chocolate chip cookies you wrote about. i want to make them for ryan before he leaves!

  10. February 23, 2011 / 11:53 pm

    You are making me so hungry! All that food looks extra yummy! Especially that cheese ball.

  11. February 24, 2011 / 2:33 am

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG i’m going to have to try to make those chive and brie biscuits those look SO YUMMY!

  12. February 24, 2011 / 2:45 am

    biscuits and cheese…two of my favorite things. will definitely be trying the biscuit recipe. thanks for sharing!

  13. February 24, 2011 / 5:59 am

    Ok, I must check out these blogs. The last 3 meals I’ve made from blogs were awful!! haha πŸ™‚

  14. February 24, 2011 / 7:09 am

    YUMMMM! Thanks for waking up my tastebuds this morning Sandy! I hope to see more recipes on your blog. Oh and the pictures you took were lovely! πŸ™‚

  15. February 24, 2011 / 7:22 am

    omg all of these look SO good. i am adding this page to my bookmarks so i can check out those blogs! i love ‘framed cooks’ and ‘smitten kitchen’ for recipes. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  16. February 24, 2011 / 7:52 am

    I was just thinking that if I ever really needed new recipes I would just find them on blogs. So easy!

    Congrats to the winners!

  17. February 24, 2011 / 8:05 am

    I finally won something, YAY! I am so grateful to have found your blog from Lori. Thanks so much, Sandy!

  18. February 24, 2011 / 8:30 am

    I also love love love food posts and Im going to try those salted caramel chocolate truffles..They look amazing. Happy Thursday, darling

  19. February 24, 2011 / 8:32 am

    I am bookmarking this one. Sounds absolutely amazing.
    Pioneer Woman is my go to source for dinner ideas:)
    Have a wonderful day Sandy!

  20. February 24, 2011 / 8:54 am

    Oh, Sandy, you know how to make my heart melt. Surprisingly, even though I’m a food blogger I don’t read tons of food blogs (I’d probably have to drop out of school if I did). I usually gather inspiration from every day life, what food blogs I do read, great recipe sites (like Cooks Illustrated), and now your blog too! Can’t wait to check these out.

  21. February 24, 2011 / 9:26 am

    ok so when am i coming over to your house for dinner now???? πŸ˜€

  22. February 24, 2011 / 9:48 am

    I’ve found some great easy recipes during my blog travels! And it’s great because if I ever feel like getting access to it, it’s only a few mouse clicks away πŸ™‚

  23. February 24, 2011 / 10:00 am

    So excited! Thank you! …and sent you an email.

  24. February 24, 2011 / 10:08 am

    Those all look delicious! Especially the brie and chive biscuits πŸ™‚ I love to drool over the smitten kitchen and over pioneer woman!!

  25. February 24, 2011 / 10:09 am

    I rarely go to my cookbooks anymore (which is a shame because I have some great cookbooks). I’ve gotten to where I go straight to my favorite food blogs first. Those include:

    Annie’s Eats, Bake or Break, Smells Like Home, My Baking Addiction, Pioneer Woman, Brown Eyed Bake, and Food Network (I know it’s not a blog… but I go there regularly)

  26. Verlee
    February 24, 2011 / 10:20 am

    i have WAY too many cooking blogs on my google reader… too many to name, actually! i do have a lot of them saved mentioned in your comments already. i also have http://foodgawker.com/ on my google reader. if i see something good, i tend to click on the recipe, which leads me to the blog. it’s how i have a lot of different types of blogs on my google reader. πŸ™‚

  27. February 24, 2011 / 10:22 am

    looks yum! congrats to all the winners!!! yayyyy πŸ™‚

  28. February 24, 2011 / 10:34 am

    I LOVE food blogs. I am so addicted to them – they have such great ideas, and best of all – their FREE!

  29. February 24, 2011 / 10:44 am

    I love Our Best Bites! They have fabulous & easy recipes!

  30. February 24, 2011 / 11:17 am

    Holy yumminess batman…One of my fave food blogs is The Ungourmet!

  31. February 24, 2011 / 11:34 am

    Congrats to the winners! On my way to check out that truffle recipe… MMMM

  32. February 24, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    So true! Blogs are much better than cookbooks!

    I don’t know that I have a favorite. On occasion the blogs I follow put up recipes and if it strikes me at the time, well, I make it! YUM. I swear that everything I’ve decided to make from a blog has been delicious!

    Congrats to the winners!

  33. February 24, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    Okay yeah, gee thanks for making me so hungry!! hehe! ;] Congrats to the winners.


  34. February 24, 2011 / 5:07 pm

    congrats to the winners, although i was hoping that i would win! oh well, maybe next time. πŸ˜‰

  35. February 24, 2011 / 5:28 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! πŸ™‚

  36. February 24, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    I agree! Bloggers have the best recipies!
    I tried a Lasagna recipe from ” I Go By Kate” and it came out GREAT πŸ™‚

  37. February 24, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    Congratulations to the lucky winners! Wow so many awesome giveaways πŸ™‚

    Yummmy…that food is just delicious looking!


  38. February 24, 2011 / 7:12 pm

    this makes me hungry πŸ™‚

  39. February 24, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    Congrats to allll the winners!!! How exciting:-)

    I lvoe Kitchen Bellicious for food, yummmm!

  40. February 24, 2011 / 9:37 pm

    mm… didn’t have lunch and just got home from work… starving and your post makes me… even… hungrier… mmm… πŸ˜€ meatballs…

  41. February 25, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout out – I am actually insanely flattered that you tried the meatball recipe out!!!

    I LOVE getting new food inspiration from blogs. I tend to trust them even more than cooking shows/books sometimes…seeing as many of these people are at-home cooks…just like me. I feel like I can relate to the recipes a bit more that way!

    And…dang those truffles look scrumptious…

  42. February 26, 2011 / 1:39 am

    I LOVE these! Beautiful pictures of delish food!

    I always just call up my best friend. My hubby loves her recipes. lol

  43. February 27, 2011 / 11:40 am

    So funny you would blog about this topic. My friend and I just launched a new baking blog that features at least 2 fun recipes every week. We’re trying to build our followers base so if you want to take a look come check it out! Just bear in mind that it still has a lot of work ahead of it. Thanks!


  44. March 1, 2011 / 7:01 pm

    Yum! All these goodies look outstanding–especially those truffles! I think my favorite has to be the Pioneer Woman–her recipes are delicious!

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