I’ve been editing these DIY posts on The Feed for a few months now, and it’s been so satisfying to watch each one evolve from a cook’s inspiration to a tested, published recipe. The best part, however, is watching readers put the recipes to work in their own kitchens. As such, we’re going to devote a few of the next DIY blog posts to the bloggers and home cooks who’ve tried their hand at our recipes and then showed us the tasty (and often beautiful) results. If you’ve tackled a recipe or two yourself, don’t hesitate to send photos or your blog post to us at email@example.com; you could be featured here!
When Carolynn Purpura MacKay published her recipe on The Feed for DIY cheese snack crackers, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Not only were they free of the creepy ingredients that come in the box of Cheez-Its you can buy at the store, but they looked totally adorable and seemed pretty easy to make, too.
I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Tracey Wilhelmsen, the brains and cooking-brawn behind the blog Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, whipped up a batch of these little crackers and was a big fan. Recipients of the homemade crackers also loved them; she gave some to her mother to take to work, and one co-worker didn’t stop raving about them for days.
Tracey has been blogging since 2007. What started as a record of her first forays into the world of cooking has become her life’s passion. “When I started my blog I literally could not cook or bake a single thing,” she told me. But she kept at it, and now “the blog is what I do full time.” A lawyer by training, she now spends “more time on the blog than I would spend on a full-time job. It’s a total 180 from where I started.”
What might surprise you about Tracey’s reaction to this recipe, however, is that she doesn’t even like Cheez-Its (the ones that come in a box, that is). But, she says, “These are a whole different animal.” It helps that she knows “exactly what goes in them” because she makes them herself. That’s one reason why we love these DIY recipes in general: They taste just as good (usually better) as their store-bought counterparts and have none of the sketchy ingredients.
Get 100+ more recipes like this in the DIY Cookbook.