Recipe crushes: 10 Great Recipes from Food Bloggers {August 2016}

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 6, 2016

Print This Post Print This Post Recipe Crushes--10 great recipes from food bloggers around the web for August 2016. Are you cooking from the web like I am? I've made each of these multiple times and highly recommend them.

I have 500+ cookbooks (don’t judge! I hear you clucking…), but these days, most often I turn to food blogs for quick inspiration and new recipes.

Here are my latest recipe crushes.

You really, REALLY need to try these. I’ve made each of them more than once. (Click on the recipe title to be taken straight to that recipe.)

Meyer Lemon Chicken from In Erika's Kitchen1. Meyer Lemon Chicken Thighs  (Dinner)

Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen has an absolutely sublime way to marry two of my favorite ingredients — chicken thighs and tangy Meyer lemons. Besides the two ingredients mentioned, the recipe adds only salt and pepper, for the easiest chicken dinner you will ever make. The thin lemon slices caramelize on top of the chicken during roasting. I ate it for dinner, and then ate it for breakfast and lunch the next day. Perhaps I’m weird for wanting lemon chicken for breakfast, or perhaps I know something you don’t. Make this!

Azerbaijani Eggs and Tomatoes2. Azerbaijani-Style Eggs with Tomatoes  (Breakfast)

The simplest dishes are often the very best, as exemplified by Feride Buyurn’s traditional tomato-and-egg breakfast skillet. More tomato than egg, this dish is best made when tomatoes are at their summer best. They collapse in the hot, buttery skillet, making succulent juices into which eggs are poured and cooked until just set. It’s the first thing I have cooked from her blog, AZ Cookbook, but it won’t be the last.

Clementine Gingersnap Cheesecake Bars from The Jolly Tomato3. Clementine Gingersnap Cheesecake Bars   (Dessert)

Jeanne Fratello of The Jolly Tomato food blog was in a contest with me last December, and we both won. (Yay us!)  I immediately went home and made her winning Clementine Gingersnap Cheesecake Bars because they were one of the highlights — gingery crust, an orange-scented cheesecake base topped with bright segments of sweet clementines. I consider them the perfect dessert because you could cut them small for an individual bite, or slightly larger for a plated dessert if you are feeling more formal. I’m definitely feeling these, either way.

Garlic-Parmesan-Potatoes from The Magical Slow Cooker4.  Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes (Side Dish)

Can I tell you a secret? These dead-simple spuds — olive oil, garlic, a coupla dried pantry herbs and Parmesan — are so forgiving that they held their own when I made a serious timing mistake. I checked them at the 3-hour mark (they were perfectly done, as described in the recipe), and then I FORGOT TO TURN THE COOKER OFF. I left the house, all smug that I had made great potatoes, and when I returned, I said, “What is that incredibly good smell coming from my Crock-Pot?” It was these potatoes, which had cooked another 3 hours on high. So, while I don’t recommend straying from Sarah’s template, I am here to tell you that these are so good they nailed it. I ate them as a side dish with some roast chicken, with my scrambled eggs the next morning, and tucked into a cheese quesadilla for noon (try it!). I’ve made them three times since finding them at The Magical Slow Cooker. I think I should ALWAYS have some of these tucked at the back of the fridge.

And a few more from Shockingly Delicious that are in frequent rotation:

5. No-Churn Fluffy Milk Chocolate Ice CreamEasy No-Churn Fluffy Milk Chocolate Ice Cream recipe on Shockingly

My son and his friends scarfed up this Shockingly Delicious original, and asked for more. Too bad, kiddies, you ate it all. Yes, I will make more. And I will hide it from you. Bwah ha ha.

6. Tuna Pesto PastaEasy Tuna Pesto Pasta recipe on

Is there anything more comforting that a good pasta dish with tuna and pesto? No, there isn’t. Lunch or dinner, this satisfies. This was a slight adaptation from A Taste of Madness.

Authentic Chunky Roasted Salsa recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.com7. Authentic Chunky Roasted Salsa

We need this stocked in the fridge all. the. time. One never knows when a tortilla chip snack attack will hit. An heirloom recipe from John and Veronica Galanis

Pull Apart Pesto Bread on ShockinglyDelicious.com8. Cheesy Pull-Apart Pesto Bread

This is a summer staple. Every potluck, every barbecue, every time three people get together, this bread needs to be there. This is from Carla Hall from “The Chew.”

Pixie Dust Salad with Avocados, Pixie Tangerines and Radishes on ShockinglyDelicious.com9. Pixie Dust Salad with Avocado, Tangerine and Radish

California avocados are still in season, and tangerines are still in the stores, too. This is a perfect match of simple ingredients, for lunch, as a dinner side salad, or just an afternoon healthy snack. A Shockingly Delicious original.

Biggest Loser Chocolate Pudding Recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.com10. Biggest Loser Chocolate Pudding

Low-fat, low-calorie, vegan and ALL FLAVOR, this in a cinch to stir together when you are having a chocolate attack and you don’t want to cave in to a candy bar. A little bit satisfies. From Cheryl Forberg, R.D. of “The Biggest Loser.”

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Recipe Crushes--Great Recipes from Food Bloggers August 2016

What have YOU made from food blogs lately? Lead me to some of your favorites by leaving me a comment below. 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Danielle August 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

I NEED to try those Clementine Gingersnap Cheesecake Bars!


Dorothy Reinhold August 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Oh yes Danielle, you DO!


Brianna Hobbs August 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

These all look amazing! I am not sure which to make first.


Megan @ MegUnprocessed August 11, 2016 at 5:09 pm

So many great ideas!


Christie August 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Those crock pot potatoes look delicious!!


Dorothy Reinhold August 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

Oh yes, they WERE! I have more in the C-P today!


Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons August 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm

This list is fabulous! Can’t wait to try the dishes!


Jeanne @JollyTomato August 6, 2016 at 8:27 am

I think I need to cook my way down this list starting right now! Thank you for sharing, Dorothy!


Laura August 6, 2016 at 7:02 am

OoOO wow! all these recipes sound so delicious! Especially those clementine bars! YUM!


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