The Best of Married Food

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It’s been an exciting year here on Married Food. We’re now on Google Currents, so you can catch up on our latest posts with your tablet or other mobile device.

As a way to wind down and reflect, I wanted to share of the more popular posts from 2011:eat meals slower

Global Tastes

We wanted to share culture behind global cuisine and have some overviews about certain dishes. Wojo has done an impressive job with some Polish dishes and cooking tips.

Food For Thought

A topic that interests me is how food is psychology and marketing are involves with our food choices nowadays. I shared some tips I’ve picked up about improving eating habits without stress.

Munch and Money

For many people if they can finding affordable and delicious food, they’ll support it. We’ve included tips on how to manage and optimize your grocery bills to keep your food budget in control.

Cooking Tips and Tricks

Something that I enjoy learning from my friends is tricks on saving time in the kitchen. Married Food is about making people feel comfortable in the kitchen which can help them to make better choices.

Thoughts on Married Food

I also want to thank Wojo for sharing some wonderfully written posts here. His passion for cooking is really reflected in all of his articles. I’m fortunate that he’s been with Married Food since its launch  and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

I also want to thank all of you for joining us. Which are your favorite Married Food posts from the past year?

20 Best Food Bloggers You Should Read Now

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There are a ton of food blog and bloggers out on the web. Each with its own take on preparing, appreciating, and sharing the best that’s out there. i thought it would be fun to hunt around the web and find the best 20 food blogs.

No biggie, right? LOL, I wish!

There are so many wonderful sites I had to come up with some sort of criteria for the list.

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Best vs Biggest Food Bloggers

This is not a list of the biggest food bloggers. Rather I based it on a few (subjective) factors:

  • Quality Blog: It all starts with their site. I was looking for passion, a unique perspective, and just inviting.
  • Frequency of Updates: I love bloggers who keep up with the Twitter community.
  • Tweet Quality: I enjoy a mix of post updates, interesting links, and personal insights.
  • Communication Style: I love being able to interact with other bloggers and I look for those who tweet well with others.

I decided I just wanted to have some fun with this list and go with my gut when it came to the final picks.

Curious to see if you’re on the list? Check out my picks below:

Thoughts on the Top Food Bloggers List

I’m going to give a very biased recommendation and mention that Married Food has 2 bloggers you can follow on Twitter – Wojo and myself. We love chatting online and we welcome your feedback and ideas.

Which bloggers have I missed? Which bloggers did I get right? If you’re a food blogger, besides your own site, what blogs would you recommend?

Photo Credit: epSos.de

Joining the Yakezie Challenge

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What is the Yakezie?

Quite simply the Yakezie network is the largest personal finance and lifestyle blog network. It started off with the topic of personal finance, but it’s been growing and the network has expanding topics.

I’ve been a member for a while now with my personal finance blog at Couple Money, but I’d like to go through the challenge again with Married Food. I feel like this is a great way to start off the site. In addition since there are even more people in the network, I’d really love to get to know the newer members.

Yakezie Challenge Rules

What’s the challenge? It’s a mix of growing a community and working with others. Here’s what the Yakezie challenge entails: Proud Member of the Yakezie Challenge

  1. Installing the Alexa toolbar if you haven’t already and announce your current Alexa ranking.
  2. Write consistently 2-4 times a week on site. It all goes back to getting great content out regularly.
  3. Install the Yakezie Challenger Badge.
  4. Announce on your blog that you have joined the challenge. (Done!)
  5. Selflessly promote others. My absolute favorite of the challenge and why I signed up for the network.
  6. Stay committed!  Quitters are not desired in this challenge.
  7. Come introduce yourself on the Yakezie Challengers Forum!

Sam shared tips on building up your Alexa ranking and the forums are full of bloggers ready to help with their tips on building a site.

I can’t wait to see how this goes – I got 6 months(or less!) to reach my goals.

Married Food Stats

Here are some of my stats to give you a starting point:

  • Alexa Rank: 820,231
  • Blog Subscribers: 30
  • Twitter Followers: 37

My goals by the end of the 6 months, including the Alexa improvement, are:

  • Alexa Rank: 200,000
  • Blog Subscribers: 200
  • Twitter Followers: 500

If you have any tips on reaching my goals, please leave them in the comments. I could use the help!

Looking to Interview Yakezie Members (and More)

I’d love to get to know Yakezie members a bit better. I’ve decided to open up an interview series to how other bloggers enjoy preparing and eating great food. My goal is to learn about their blogs and hopefully get some more food tips.

If you’re interesting in being interviewed as part of the new series, I have a few requirements.

  • You’ve been blogging for 3 months or so. I’d love to highlight some of your favorite content.
  • You’ve publish genuine content. I want to connect to genuine bloggers, not linking to a spam site. I review all the sites before sending out interview questions.
  • You’re willingly to promote other bloggers in the series. I don’t expect you to tweet  every interview, but I would like interviewees to spread the word on their favorite bloggers. By the way, I don’t want others to just promote the Married Food posts, please share posts from your favorite interviews.

They are some wonderful bloggers out there and I hope to introduce some of them to you. I hope you have a great weekend!