At Cool Mom HQ, inclusion is one of our core values. It’s as important as ever to us to support and amplify a diverse array of voices, and what better way to learn about different cultures, life experiences, and perspectives than over food?
Food helps us tell our stories, both personal and cultural. And if you listen carefully, a person’s cooking, recipes, and story come together to tell you something meaningful about them and their experiences. So, as a food site, we want to continue to share the voices and recipes of people who come from as many different experiences and backgrounds as possible, and we’re hoping to do it even more.
As February ends, Black History Month is also coming to a close. But, of course, our appreciation of African-American influence on food and culture doesn’t end when the calendar flips to March. So we want to share a few of our favorite Black food bloggers who we think you should know about, this year and beyond.
Their recipes, writing, and stories are all worth following, because they aren’t just some of the best Black food bloggers out there, they are some of the best food bloggers.
Top: Chocolate for Basil | Pho Chay
Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchilada Casserole | Jessica in the Kitchen
As a recent convert to a plant-based diet, I want to devour pretty much every recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen. Like me, Jessica also switched to a vegetarian, whole-foods diet for health reasons, and I’m so glad that she did because her recipes are easy, tasty and family-friendly.
We’re big fans of Jessica’s practical recipes, which you may have spied on our weekly meal plans, including her flavorful Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchilada Bowl (pictured), which takes just 15 minutes to prep and is so delicious. And my kids will be all over her Cauliflower-Crust Pizza Bites (because, tiny pizzas!).
Also: I will never say no to her Salted Chocolate Caramel Cups. So much goodness.
I’m drooling over pretty much everything at Butter Be Ready. This is a newish blog — it launched in 2016 — so it doesn’t quite have the full archive of recipes as some of the others, but each of Quin’s meals is simple and seasonal, while still managing to be completely impressive.
In fact, her blog is a great resource for when you’re hosting a dinner party or bringing dessert to a friend.
Quin offers up plenty of classic recipes, like Her Crispy Honey Chicken (pictured), which my kids can’t get enough of. That said, I love some of her more out-of-the-box ideas like Blood Orange Chicken Wings and Blackberry Rosé Cupcakes.
Visit Butter Be Ready for the recipes, but be sure to stay and read Quin’s writing for her honest musings on life and food. I connected with her admission that the holidays bring her the blues, and love her sincere appreciation for the comments on her recipes — not because they boost her stats, but because they gives her some connection in this digital world. I’m excited to see more from Quin.
Shrimp Scampi Pasta | The Hungry Hutch
Aaron Hutcherson — aka The Hungry Hutch — attended the French Culinary Institute, so you know his recipes are classically good. But as he says, “The food I love to cook fills your mouth with flavor and your soul with warmth.” And that’s what you’ll find at his blog: comfort food that’s simple, nourishing, and (in my opinion) kid-friendly. Like his clean, tasty Shrimp Scampi recipe (pictured), that you may have also seen in one of our weekly meal plans. Even if your kids are picky about the shrimp (more for you!), they’ll slurp up the flavorful noodles and dinner will be just fine.
Aaron has clever recipes like Chili-Roasted Sweet Potatoes which offer the perfect mix of sweet and spicy; easy comfort foods like One-Pot Chicken and Rice Soup, which my kids would devour with a side of grilled cheese; and smart tips like his five foods to help you sleep better. Because, what parent doesn’t need to sleep better sleep? Clearly, his site is a must-read.
Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja | Immaculate Bites
If you love food with African and/or Caribbean influences, you have to check out Immaculate Bites. In fact, check out Immaculate Bites even if you didn’t think you were looking for these kinds of recipes — because trust me, you are.
Imma’s Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja (pictured), which I first discovered on one of our weekly meal plans, is a favorite in my house because it’s so easy to prep and is still packed with tons of flavor. And do not miss her recipe for Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, which you should immediately mix up and store in your pantry to help with a quick weeknight meal.
Imma says that she’s focuses mainly on African and Caribbean flavors but with a Southern twist, and this Southerner definitely spots the Southern flavors: be sure to check recipes like Bourbon Chicken, Southern Sweet Tea, and Raspberry White Chocolate Scones on her site too. So much deliciousness.
Peanut Noodles with Sesame Tofu | Chocolate for Basil
Chocolate for Basil is the soulful, heartfelt blog shared by Jerrelle (the omnivore) and Eric (the vegetarian). Food is important and empowering to them, and they cook from a mindset of health. But it’s also about culture and strength and a better life. You’ll find recipes here that use fresh ingredients (mostly vegetables) to create hearty, filling meals.
However it’s recipes like these Peanut Noodles with Sesame Tofu that I really love, because they teach us tricks (like how to prep tofu) that I know so many of us can use well beyond just this one meal. No wonder it’s a favorite Cool Mom Eats meal plan staple.
Sage Pasta with Parmesan Sauce and Chicken | Whisk it Real Gud
April at Whisk it Real Gud talks about growing up with her mom and Southern grandmother in the New York – New Jersey area, where they didn’t have tons of time or money to spend on meals. But still, they ate well. That influence, along with the cultural diversity that informed her upbringing, influences the wonderful recipes on her blog today.
I love that you can scroll through the pages of April’s site and find a range of recipes from Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken to Peruvian Fried Rice and Sheet Pan Quesadillas (so smart!). Of course, it’s her kid-friendly meals like this Sage Pasta with Parmesan and Chicken and Taco Spaghetti that end up on our weekly meal plans. Yes!
While all of us at Cool Mom Eats are working hard to make sure that we share the work of all kinds of fantastic food bloggers who are not (yet) best-selling authors or household names, it’s hard to know absolutely everyone. We’re always open to your favorites, so drop us a line anytime or hit us up on Twitter or Instagram with suggestion of people we should know, follow, and feature. We’re listening!