This week, we’re proud to feature Lori Ann of Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness in the Blogger Spotlight. For those new to the column, every Friday, we highlight a member of The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network, a limited group of bloggers who write about food and drink.
We look to this group of talented food writers for inspiration and participation in The Daily Meal, whether for restaurant recommendations or new recipes to try out for dinner. Our editorial team covers All Things Food and Drink, and we tap the CCN to keep up to speed on what is happening around the country and the world — from fine dining to home cooking.
In addition to blogging at and creating Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness, Lori Ann is a stay-at-home mom who is passionate about cooking wholesome, local, and minimally-tampered-with food for her family. She hopes that through her blog, others will discover the fun and satisfaction that comes with a homemade meal.
The Daily Meal: What is the mission of your blog?
Lori Ann: To make cooking and baking easier and more accessible for home cooks. To educate others about food, nutrition, and what is happening regarding food, i.e. GMOs, food allergies, how things are made. Finally, to broaden awareness of food in other countries.
How did you get started with your blog?
I started when my daughter was about two years old. I needed a creative outlet and since I loved to cook, it was very fitting.
What are some foods you can’t live without?
What are some foods you can’t stand?
What is your proudest blog post?
Spiced Peach Compote with Apple Cider Mousse. I created the recipe and really loved the results.
What is your biggest blog blunder?
I wish I was more technically savvy.
What is your most memorable comment from a reader?
There have been a number of comments, but the one I think of off the top of my head is when Dorie Greenspan commented on my blog.
What’s on your cooking playlist?
Very eclectic. Whatever mood I am in.
What are some food blogs you love?
The blogs I have always loved is Use Real Butter and Tartelette. I very much looked up to both of them. There certainly are so many more that I really like. I have lists.
Favorite food apps?
I dont really use any food apps. I love cookbooks, the internet, and my own ideas.
What is the best thing about blogging?
The best thing is if I make something I always have it. Years from now I can say, I think I made this and now what did I do. Voilà, there it is!
Worst thing about blogging?
Having to be regular. Sometimes there are chunks of time where I get caught up in doing stuff or get busy with the family and it is hard to set aside the time to write a post.
What recipe are you currently obsessed with?
I’m obsessed with anything pumpkin at the moment.
What would even your most loyal followers be surprised to learn about you?
I am not sure. I am pretty transparent. Maybe, that even though I am all about homemade stuff, and I preach getting away from chemicals and stuff, I still love ramen noodles.
Five of your all-time favorite posts?