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: Shaina Olmanson, mother of four in Minnesota
Why we love this blog: Olmanson has six mouths to feed, so she’s well-versed in how tough it can be to get a meal on the table without killing the family bank account. This blog has busy parents covered by not only providing quick and simple recipes, but also recipes for meals you can make in advance, advice on how to stretch a single grocery store deal into several dishes and tips on going green. Food For My Family has been especially great this past year thanks to recipes like Olmanson’s bacon and blue cheese brussels sprouts with pomegranate and Guinness poutine. Readers can also check out more of Shaina’s recipes in her cookbook, Desserts in Jars.