Sites We Love: Chasing Delicious
Gorgeous photos? Check. Engaging writing? Check. Seriously inspiring recipes, tips, and culinary curiosity? Check, check, and check. The best food blogs all seem to have a lot in common—but what separates them out are the strong personalities behind them. In our Sites We Love series, we sit down with some of our favorite bloggers to find out how they do it—and why it's as much fun for them as it is for us.
Enlarge Image Credit: Russsell van KraayenburgToday's site we love is Chasing Delicious, where Texas-based graphic designer, photographer, videographer, and home cook Russell van Kraayenbrg takes us along on his journey to finding and creating the most delicious original recipes. We love his educational approach to baking and his gorgeous and useful Kitchen 101 graphics. Here's what Russell has to say about his site:
Live since: May 2010
Posting rate: Once a week
Geographic location: Texas
Why is the site called Chasing Delicious?I think we can relate a lot of what we do in life, particularly when talking about passions, to a chase. With my blog, I'm chasing this idea of that one perfect, most delicious dish but I'm also chasing the knowledge that comes with mastering recipes and techniques. I wanted my title to not only tell readers what my blog is about, but I wanted it to inspire and push me constantly.
What's been your most popular post? My most popular post is the Kitchen 101: Seasonal Produce post.
What's your favorite post?I must admit my favorite post changes almost weekly. Right now it is probably my Pumpkin Oat Pancakes.
What's something great that you've learned or that's happened to you since starting your blog? Every once in a while I'll run into an old friend from school, someone I haven't seen in years, and they'll begin telling me a story about how they follow my blog and are always excited to try a new recipe. I even had a friend once tell me she learned about my blog through her friend in the UK, and not through me. I love hearing what people do with my recipes. I also love knowing that I'm helping inspire people all over the place to try something new in the kitchen.
Credit: Loree van Kraayenburg
What are your favorite ingredients and tools? My favorite ingredients to play with are different flours. I love testing a recipe with whole wheat flour, oat flour, graham flour, or any number of other flours to see what subtle changes it brings to the dish. I am also a sucker for vanilla beans. Most people find vanilla to be plain or boring but when used right you can do so much with it. As for tools, I am quite addicted to my KitchenAid stand mixer. I use it all the time, even when it's unnecessary.
What are your favorite food and cooking resources? Bo Friberg's "The Professional Pastry Chef" is my go-to encyclopedia for all things baking. I have shelves of other cookbooks but I find myself opening this one the most. I also find personal food blogs to be a great resource. There are so many interesting, unique concepts being explored out there on blogs that I find them to be a great place to find inspiration.
Credit: Russell van Kraayenburg
Where else can we find your work? In addition to running Chasing Delicious I am the Editor-in-Chief and a contributor at The Boys Club, a cocktail blog. I also run an online retail store, The Sweet Tooth Paper Goods Co., where I sell the informative and instructional cooking and baking posters featured on Chasing Delicious among other products.
What food blogs do you follow? I love Roost and V.K. Rees Photography. Their visual storytelling is phenomenal. I also adore Brian's A Thought for Food, Sylvie's Gourmande in the Kitchen, Naomi's Bakers Royale and Meeta's What's For Lunch Honey. I don't read as many blogs as I'd like to anymore but I never forget to visit these six.
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