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Naturally Ella’s Fastest Dinner Recipes and Tips for Food Bloggers

Erin Alderson, author of Naturally Ella

Erin Alderson, author of Naturally Ella Photo courtesy of Erin Alderson / Naturally Ella

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: Naturally Ella
Erin Alderson writes about plant-based foods and now helps aspiring food bloggers design their own sites through her company Wooden Spoons Kitchen.

What is your current ingredient obsession?
While writing The Homemade Flour Cookbook (due out in June 2014 from Fair Winds Press), I became obsessed with einkorn berries and flour. This ancient wheat has a smooth, buttery taste. I love using this flour in homemade tortillas. It can be a bit difficult to find in stores, but it’s easy to order it online. Bluebird Grain Farms is a great source.)

You’re starving: What do you pull together for dinner in 20 minutes?
Egg Skillets. I purchased an 8-inch cast-iron skillet at an antiques shop a couple of years ago and ever since, I’ve been hooked on egg skillets. I simply sauté veggies, crack a couple of eggs on top, sprinkle with a bit of cheese, and then cover to cook until the egg yolk is a nice over-easy. My favorites are a chipotle–black bean egg skillet and a shaved brussels sprouts and egg skillet.

As a web designer, what are some of the biggest improvements you suggest to people who want to create a food blog?
Simplifying. Food blogs are often too crowded and cluttered. Between ads, links elsewhere, and all the content, it can be a bit overwhelming and I often find myself clicking off sites before I even read the content.

Any funny stories to tell about the blogging life?
I often forget that family and close friends read my blog. I’ll call them to talk about life only to hear, “I just read that on your blog!” It can be kind of strange, but it makes my mother feel better when I don’t call her for a few days. She knows I’m OK because I still post!

What are three of your favorite blogs right now?
I love Laura’s take on fresh foods at the First Mess.
I always look forward to fawning over Hannah’s beautiful photographs at Honey & Jam.
Ashley’s honesty in her writing is refreshing and always wonderful at Not Without Salt.

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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