Of-the-Moment Ingredients 5 Ways

Food & Wine: Blogger Rachel Crawford
Blogger Rachel Crawford Photo © Mark Ramadan
By Kristin Donnelly Posted October 15, 2013

Here, the blogs you should be reading right now with recipes and cooking tips from their creators. Plus: Each subject’s insider picks lead us to the next blogger of the week.

The Blog: Made Weekly
Former branding agency partner Rachel Crawford takes one seasonal ingredient each week and prepares it five different ways, creating simple, graphic recipes.

What’s the biggest challenge when creating multiple recipes that use the same ingredient?
The hardest ingredients are very cuisine-specific, like bok choy. In those cases I really try to improvise something a little unusual based on close culinary cousins (in that case, cabbage). So for the bok choy, I created a white bean and sausage soup and bok choy cornmeal pancakes in addition to more Asian-y recipes.

Any blogging disasters?
I shoot everything in my apartment and have two cats... so there has been a fair amount of feline interference. Mostly I have to deal with random hairs creeping their way into shots, or if I walk away from a setup occasionally they’ll knock silverware or other loose items onto the floor. I learned pretty quickly to keep a close eye on them, though! It’s like they’re under contract to knock things on the floor!

You’re exhausted and have 20 minutes to make dinner—what is it?
I always have things like quinoa, lentils and beans on hand, so it would most likely be a kitchen sink salad with some cold and some warm elements. I love crunchy romaine with warm quinoa, sautéed veggies and a quick homemade lemon-mustard dressing with lots of garlic. If I’ve got goat cheese or almonds to throw on top, all the better.

What are three of your favorite food blogs right now?
These all share a reverence for ingredients and feature mostly or all vegetarian recipes, as well as fantastic photography: Earthly Feast, Love and Lemons and Naturally Ella.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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