I have been talking about this for months now…I should have a food blog. I bake almost every weekend, and cook almost every night – 90% of the recipes coming from Gourmet, Bon Appetit or Cooking Light. When I make something I really like, I end up sending the recipe along to my foodie friends and relatives. So, why not have someplace to post them? This way I am only sending the recipe once. And, I can take pictures so people can see what they are cooking. Sounds simple, right?

My biggest delay in creating a blog was the name. I wanted a really good name – something that would catch people’s attention – and have something to do with food. We were at the dinner table talking about it once again – but this time Hannah was engaged (my 7 year old daughter). She said, “I know, it should be called – Dawn’s Awesome Food Blog!” I said with encouragement, “Not bad, but I would rather not have my name in the title.” Not 5 minutes later she came back with, “First look, then cook!” We all looked at her with amazement – that was it. It was perfect – simple, but straightforward. Exactly like my cooking.

I would love to hear from you – please feel free to contact me at dawnkling@hotmail.com.


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  1. Hi Dawn,
    Those brownies looked so delicious and reminded me of Bucknell when Sue and our other roomies used to bake brownies in the middle of the night and load them up with ice cream and hot fudge and then chow! Those were the days. Anyway, love your blog and will be sure to keep checking it out – great idea. I love to cook too but I’m not as ambitious as you. Also, love how you came up with the name of your blog!!

    1. Thanks Charlene! Yes, it was when I studied in France for a semester that I started getting into cooking – I do remember those late night baking sessions!! I must say though – you are an awesome photographer, I could use some tips!

  2. Hi Dawn – this looks great. I posted a link on my Facebook and I think we will have a go at the Apple Crisp this weekend (after we finish the dark chocolate brownies Pierce made last weekend). Cool name too!

  3. Hey Dawn, what did you think of that book… “A Homemade Life”? And what types of advice did it have in it?

    I have a favorite friend who is very into canning and breadmaking. I was considering whether it’s worth buying and wanted your insight, since you said you just finished it.


    1. I thought it was an outstanding book – but it really didn’t talk much about baking bread and/or canning. Have you read her blog Orangette? The book is basically a bunch of blog posts published together. I actually had the opportunity to meet Molly Wizenberg the other week, and she is extremely lovely. I highly recommend it – for her wonderful stories, and excellent recipes.

  4. Hi – stopping by to invite you to check out DessertStalking.com, a new food photo submission site. Hope you will stop by and like what you see! -Donalyn

  5. Hi Dawn,

    I’m Elena Sepúlveda, editor at Pequerecetas, a Spanish blog dedicated to children’s nutrition and recipes, helping parents with the difficult task of feeding their children. First of all, let me tell you that I enjoyed your blog, and found it full of awesome recipes and wonderful photos! I find some of your recipes might be very useful for the readers of my blog, as they are really suitable for children, and I’m writing to ask your permission to use some of your images/recipes to illustrate some post in my blog, obviously crediting you as the author and linking back to your website. I’d love to feature some of them in my blog, and I’m sure my readers will love it!

    Please contact me if you have any questions or doubts, and in any event thank you for your time and consideration.

    Kind regards,

  6. Hi Dawn!

    I just stopped in and really love what you are doing. I cant wait to make the fleur de sel caramels :)



  7. Wonderful blog! Love your tale of creating a name! I agree with the stumble block to starting is thinking of a name!!

  8. I wasn’t going to follow any more food blogs, and then yours had to go and get Freshly Pressed. I like it! Your narrative is great, you seem to cook the way I cook, and you don’t put in endless photos of every step. You have a new follower!

  9. Hi,

    First time visiting your blog. Love your recipes and the one about the brisket from your husband. He is a smart man. I have a BGE. Awesome. My daughter Robyn AKA Grilllgrrrl is a blogger also. I will tell her about your blog if she does not already know. I will be a frequent visitor. Thanks.

    Eddie Medlin

  10. Dawn, I am a public librarian. We are getting ready to make candy sushi with our Teen Anime Club. Would you allow us to use your great sushi pic on our flyer? Of course we would attribute your work and would only be in print form. Thank you for considering.

  11. Hi Dawn,

    Funny, we share the same passion (food) and we blog. We chose the same theme from wordpress and we are on the opposite of the world (The Netherlands). Probably you can’t understand our blog, but we thought it would be nice to share our discovery. You can find us at http://www.eetsnob.nl Keep going!

    Wessel and Marjan

  12. Sounds like us! we decided to do the same.
    Thank you for your recipes.

    I hope we can keep in touch maybe we can swap some guest posts !


  13. First of all Thank You for your sharing of the recipes and of you and family. I’m always looking for good food and fun ideas to cook for my grandsons, Charlie (6yrs) and Will (2.5yrs).

  14. Dawn, just found your site and I love it! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Has anyone tried the Dilly Beans without actually canning them? Would they hold up for a few weeks just refrigerated? I haven’t canned in years, but the thought of dilled beans in a bloody mary took me back to a favorite restaurant, now long gone.

  15. Hi there! My name is Cameron and I had a question about your blog! Hoping you could email me to discuss. :-) Thanks!

  16. Hi there! Came across your blog and really enjoy it, and was hoping to ask you a couple of questions via email! Would you mind sending me a note at the email address I’ve provided? Thank you!

  17. Hey Dawn,

    Amazing blog! Cannot wait to try out the muffin recipes. Quick question – we are vegetarian and don’t eat eggs. Is there a good substitute for eggs in your recipes? Or can I just omit the eggs?

    Please let me know!

    1. I wouldn’t omit the eggs in the muffins, but maybe you could substitute with something?

      Try this:

      ⋅ 2 tbsp cornstarch = 1 egg
      ⋅ 2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg
      ⋅ 2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg
      ⋅ 1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg
      ⋅ 1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg
      ⋅ 1 banana = 1 egg in cakes
      ⋅ 1 tbsp milled flax seed and 3 tbsp water = 1 egg. Light, fluffy cakes

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