Though I was once a photo editor in college and though I was quite into photography in high school, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that both my camera equipment and my patience are insufficient for proper food photography at this stage in my life.
I used to attempt it, but I don’t have the right lens for my DSLR and iPhone pics really only suffice in a pinch (when I just absolutely have to show you guys something).
However, just because I no longer try and fail to photograph my food, that doesn’t mean I’m not eating gorgeous and delicious meals on the regular.
As the cold weather has begun to creep into Virginia, I’ve been staying home and cooking a lot more.
This happens to work out well, because I’ve been trying to be more financially responsible and eat/drink out less often.
It also works out because I tend to be antisocial in the winter. I don’t like to be cold. Sue me.
Regardless of why it’s happening, it’s been enjoyable.
My new crock pot is my new best friend and there’s nothing better than a warm, fragrant comforting meal waiting for me after a long day at the office (or a long day of football watching).
The main source of inspiration for these meals has been courtesy of my blog friends, with their fabulous abilities to whip up creative recipes that I can borrow (okay, steal) and enjoy.
I’ve been reading food blogs for probably three years now, and I always see dozens of recipes I want to try.
I star them, and then instantly forget about them and go out to eat or make something lame instead.
But, no more. I’ve been on a blog food kick lately, and I may never go back to my old ways.
It all started with How Sweet Jess’s Crockpot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken.
(Photo courtesy of How Sweet It Is.)
I’m not a big chicken eater, but I like any recipe that gives me a reason to buy more beer.
I made it for Mr. T and I to feast on while watching American Horror Story one night, but the leftovers went on for days.
Side note: leftover BBQ pulled chicken tastes fabulous atop cheesy nachos. True story.
In addition to that I’ve made three recipes courtesy of Steph at CookinFanatic.
Four ingredients? This girl gets me. I’m a simple cook and the easier a recipe is, the more likely I am to try it.
That’s why I also made this:
I made this Pesto Feta Egg Bake for quick work breakfasts. So good and easy.
Then it was time to show the old crock pot some more love.
(Photos courtesy of CookinFanatic.)
I made this Steph’s 1-2-3 White Chicken Chili this just week. I’m not sure why I’m making so many chicken dishes lately, when I don’t really even like chicken, but this was great.
Plus, when you cook chicken in the crock pot you don’t have to touch it very much. Major plus. Raw chicken is gross.
As you can see, my blog-fed lifestyle is going rather well. These are all dishes I never would have come up with on my own, that are easy enough for a laymen like me to cook, and are just plain delicious.
I don’t plan to stop there. I have many more recipes on the to-do list.
Just to name a couple.
In life, it’s best to know your strengths and your weaknesses.
My weakness is coming up with awesome recipes and taking amazing pictures of them.
My strength is eating delicious recipes created by others and giving out credit where credit is due.
I can accept that.
Do you ever make other bloggers’ recipes? What are some of your favorites?