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: Anna Thomas Bates, a mother of two boys living in Albany, Wisconsin
Why we love this blog: It’s not only possible to get your kids excited about vegetables, it’s easy with Bates’ recipes. Tallgrass Kitchen is full of sneaky ways to get whole foods into your children’s diets because, honestly, who can say no to rhubarb when it comes in the form of a fruit roll-up? If you’re looking for something on the more sinful side, Bates also provides recipes for fantastically ooey, gooey desserts like chocolate coconut honey truffles, blood orange caramels, and these aptly named naughty bars.