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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17. Not Without Salt
Who: Ashley Rodriguez, mother of two sons and one daughter, in Washington state
Why we love this blog: As a former pro pastry chef, Ashley’s love of decadent dessert shines through on this blog — just take a peek at her multi-dessert picnic for example — but there’s also a wealth of classic-yet-nutritious dishes in Not Without Salt’s archives too. Our favorites include Rodriguez’s ratatouille and beet hummus. Amateurs shouldn’t let Rodriguez’s professional background intimidate. This blog is also packed with posts on basic techniques like making the perfect hard boiled egg or shucking an oyster.