Dinner wouldn’t be nearly as fun without these culinary pioneers to blaze the trail. This year’s list of food blogging mamas, curated with the help of our esteemed panel, includes both internet superstars and virtual unknowns, amateurs and James Beard Award-winning chefs. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but all will make you hungry for more innovative meal ideas. You’ll find no shortage of healthy recipes, genius cooking shortcuts, or quick dinners for those nights when you’re just too tired to spend hours in the kitchen. Our hats are off to these top chefs who work hard to make mealtime memorable — and easy — for busy parents everywhere.— Chris Couchsee the full list »
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Who: Karen Petersen, a mother of two based in Utah
Why we love this blog: Throw the ingredients in, turn your crockpot on and return when you’re ready to eat. The perfect blog for parents pressed for time, 365 Days of Slow Cooking showcases fast and budget-friendly recipes that won’t require you to slave over a stove. One feature we love about Petersen’s site is that recipes are broken down according to how long it takes to make them. Don’t shy away from the lengthier ones — dishes like this spicy sausage and lentil soup may require extra time, but the payoff is high.