I think one of the first food blogs I started following was breadbasketcase, a blog by a local Minneapolis woman, who started out her blog with the idea of cooking all 82 breads in the Bread Bible in a year. She was successful and has gone on to make many more interesting breads. I liked that idea but I am not sure I need that much bread.
I liked the idea of a food theme like that. Well I started looking at a lot of food blogs and I found a few groups of bloggers that made the same recipes using some theme and blogged about them. This seemed like a good way to motivate myself to make some new things. I found groups that focused on baking, and groups that made just pie. I would love either of those but my diet would not.
I then ran across the Barefoot bloggers. I first discovered it on The Brown Eyed Baker - a very good food blog. According to the site this is what the Barefoot Bloggers are about:
We're an [extra]ordinary group of cookers and bakers with a love of all things Ina. We'll be testing (and retesting) Ina Garten's (Barefoot Contessa) recipes as a group and blogging about them on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.
I think that is a pretty good description. For anyone that doesn't know Ina Garten has a cooking show on the Food Network called the Barefoot Contessa. I think she has six cookbooks and a lot of recipes available on the food network. The blog group has over 100 members (I think at least two other men). Each month the next two bloggers in line pick a recipe from Ina Garten's collection. Everyone is then supposed to make each of the recipes that month and blog about them. It sounds like fun to me - most of the recipes they have done so far look good to me.
I will be starting my posts in the Barefoot bloggers this month, and hopefully I will be able to keep up with my two posts a month after that. Hopefully everyone, including my wife Lara, will enjoy.