Increase your cooking inspiration with the help of three enthusiastic bloggers
by Nicole Barley
Welcome to the Community
Food really is all about community — whether it’s the joining of family and friends or farmers and chefs. That connection also translates to a digital medium when it comes to bringing together bloggers and small business owners. Clara, the semi-anonymous writer of the blog Food Collage and two-year Pittsburgh resident says, “What I never expected when I started this blog was the number of wonderful opportunities that [it] has afforded me. I have made many friends through blogger events and Twitter. In fact, some of the best friends I have are ones I met through blogging.” She makes a conscious effort to focus in on small businesses in the city, from independent vendors at Pittsburgh Public Market to the cozy and very zen Coffee Buddha shop in West View, “because I so value their effort into making this city the amazing place that it is. Pittsburghers just have so much heart and have welcomed me with open arms, and I want to give something back.” foodcollage.com.
With the tagline on her blog reading, “I cook with beer. Sometimes I even add it to the food,” Jenny MacBeth of Girl Likes to Eat is kind of like a modern day Julia Child. In fact, you can find her eating a variety of cuisine, from chili dogs to Child’s famous Boeuf Bourguinon recipe. Her significant other, Glen Green, encouraged her to bring her witty, passionate attitude toward food to the internet masses. In fact, the name of her blog “is dedicated to Glen’s late uncle. When his uncle first met me, he was impressed with my enthusiasm for food and craft beer. He laughed saying, ‘That girl likes to eat!’” From recipe sharing to restaurant suggestions, her hunger for food is obvious. girllikestoeat.com.
From a Low Income Locavore to a Locavore for Life, Christina Szalinski is committed to chronicling her quest to eat as locally as possible. Her original blog documented 301 days of her and her husband’s eating habits while completing their graduate school studies. The experiment resulted in them spending $5.43 per person, per day, on food from local farms, including Mott Family Farm, Son Shine Farm, Dillner Family Farm, and Burns Angus Farm. That $5.43 amounted to less than the maximum benefits from the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. “At the end of the year, I couldn’t imagine going back to shopping in a grocery store, so we continued to eat local, getting a large Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share and preserving food for the winter. I renamed my blog Locavore for Life because I am confident eating local will always be a part of my life.” Channel her local love by reading up on seasonal recipes, tips on what to do with “surprise” CSA ingredients, and local farm happenings. locavoreforlife.blogspot.com.
Check out these Tweeps and keep current with local food news:
Public Market @PghPubMarket
If you’re like us, you like homemade goodies, handmade crafts, and locally grown food. So do the vendors at Pittsburgh Public Market. Stay in touch about what they’re selling and when.
Thirsty Pittsburgh @Thirsty_PITT
Want to know where to get the best drink specials in the ‘Burgh? This feed will keep your thirst quenched.
Jergel’s Rhythm Grille @jergels
Enjoy music with your meal? Start following Jergel’s for details on live acts and menu specials taking place at the Warrendale concert venue/restaurant/cigar bar.
Laurel Highlands @laurelhighlands
What better place to enjoy Western Pennsylvania’s fall foliage than theLaurelHighlands? There’s lots more fun to be had, and you can find out about it right here.
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