Food Blogger Roundup 2011

December 31, 2011

I’ve been culling through the end of the year recipe roundups and thinking about my year spent in the realm of food blogging.   There have been conferences, speaking engagements, television appearances and networking events.  I shook a lot of hands and have eaten off many a cheese tray. Did I mention the wine?

I awoke this morning feeling fortunate enough to have expanded my world of friends in 2011.  My roundup is less recipe, more people. What are recipes without the people who collaborate to create the experience?  Following is a partial list of bloggers whose spirit transcended the internet and touched my soul this year.  I am humbled by their contributions.

Diane Cu @whiteonrice

White on Rice, Diane CuNo single person has more heart warming energy than Diane.  She has carefully crafted a life of simple joy and abundance without hoarding success to herself.  Her calm wisdom allows fears to melt away and there is always the suggestion of encouragement to live your dreams when she is present.  Fortunate enough to share the table with her and an extended family of food bloggers this fall, I will always have room in my heart for communal spring rolls.  Recipe: Spring Rolls for the New Year

Joy Wilson  @joythebaker

Joy the BakerAs if it wasn’t enough that she thinks I am pretty,  Joy is simultaneously smart and kind.   We have a lot in common and our rendezvous always make me feel girly in a grown up way.  A true friend makes you feel good about who you are, never judges if you order fries and isn’t afraid to snort laugh in front of you.  And sometimes, there are treats!  I respect Joy tremendously, am giddy with delight over her new book and owe her some holiday Jelly Beans.   Recipe: Jelly Bean Friendship Cupcakes

Andrew Wilder @eatingrules

Eating RulesAndrew is one of the smartest persons with whom I have the pleasure of being acquainted.  His heart is full of community and his blog is overflowing with knowledge.  I’m always secretly hoping he will be at an event so I can sit with him.  There’s humor, wit and genuine camaraderie. And he makes cheese from scratch which is something everyone should look for in a friend.  Favorite Blog Post: No Excuse to Skip Breakfast Flowchart


So many others have, in one way or another, touched my life in 2011 and I hope to nurture many relationships in the coming year.

Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food for being a genuinely nice person with an incredibly resourceful blog

Lousie Mellor of Geez Louise for walking this entrepreneur road with me and always showing up with style and grace

Gaby Dalton of What’s Gaby Cooking for organizing The Great American Bake Sale to raise money for Share Our Strength

Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen for holding down the FBLA fort so we all have a place to connect

The list doesn’t stop here and I apologize in advance to the more than 100 bloggers I have personally connected with this year for not including everyone in this roundup. It doesn’t mean you are not valued and fabulous, it only means that it is time to start dinner and open champagne. My love to everyone!

And my most treasured recipe from Soul on a Platter:  Pho Love, Pho Sure

Leave a comment letting me know who made a difference in your life this year.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

LiztheChef December 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM

What a wonderful roundup of special folks. A most Happy New Year to you and your family.


Renee Fontes December 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Really glad to see Louise on your list. Geez is an exciting blog and Louise an exceptional person!


Melissa January 1, 2012 at 3:56 AM

I agree.


Marion December 31, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Glad I found this on FB. Truly great list from you, the truly most great girlie woman I know. And the photos of your boys are priceless!


Diane December 31, 2011 at 9:18 PM

The world needs more hearts like you Melissa. You always emit warm rays of love and I’m honored to be under your light.
Looking forward to more friendship in 2012. xoxo -d


Magda's Cauldron January 1, 2012 at 2:12 AM

This year the person had big impact on me would be Clare from . I moved to Ireland a few months ago and she was my first connection to Irish food blogging. She is kind and friendly and I love her blog. Happy New Year!


Melissa January 1, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Thank you, Magda. I’m always thrilled to discover new writers and with some of my own family in Ireland, Claire’s story is fitting to my interests.


Lori @ RecipeGirl January 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I LOVED meeting you and spending a little bit of time getting to know you this year. I’m such a fan of your sites and your professionalism. You are truly a star, and 2012 will be a great year for you. Much luck and happiness to you, my friend!


Melissa January 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Getting to know other food obsessed souls is the best part of our adventure.
Let’s get our boys together in 2012 to make a mess in the kitchen.


Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen January 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Joy Wilson has been such an inspiration to me as well! Also Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker. That lady posts 6 days a week. That’s commitment!


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