When Planet S announced their ‘Best Of Saskatoon’ results last week they gave a shout out to local cooking page BS’ In The Kitchen as ‘Best Website/Blog’.
This served as an introduction into a spiraling food porn odyssey from which we haven’t quite recovered. Tongue boners notwithstanding, the site also features a healthy variety of recipes that range from veg-friendly to desserts to meat, all served with a great sense of personality and humour.
Started in April 2010 by brother and sister duo, Bob and Carlene Deutscher, BS’ In The Kitchen has since had over 1,300,000 views from all over the world (“over 140 countries,” says Carlene).
It’s getting bigger and the Saskatoon duo have caught the notice of some big names along the way.
“In the past year or so we’ve noticed our local views are increasing,” says Carlene. “We’ve also been lucky to partner with local restaurants, bakeries and food producers to do reviews on their products and to feature them in various recipes. We’ve got a great Canadian and global reach, so we’re always excited to do some cross-promotion with so many great foodies.
“We still think some of our ‘coolest’ viewers have been Elizabeth Banks, who recently played Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games, Bitchin’ Kitchen, Julia Child’s publisher and Tori Spelling – all of whom have also featured us on their own blogs.”
While I have yet to try to reconstruct any of the recipes on the site – the pumpkin pasta in particular caught my eye – the recipes are particularly impressive since they balance a sense of creativity and bravery without being out of the reach of your average novice chef.
“To be completely honest there really isn’t a rhyme or reason to our choice of recipes,” admits Carlene. “Sometimes we’ll try to feature different seasonal recipes or ingredients to celebrate the season. We usually divide up the style of recipes with Bob covering the savoury side of things and Carlene covers the baking with the sweets.
“A few months ago, Bob did a big run of Inspired Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese and Baked Potato Grilled Cheese – which were huge hits on foodie sites like FoodGawker, TasteSpottings and Pinterest.”
With BS’ In The Kitchen garnering so much interest, both locally and within the more well-known foodie circles, is a cookbook or TV show imminent?
“We’ve talked about doing both actually,” admits Carlene. “We’ve tossed around the idea of doing an iPad compatible cookbook, since both of us use technology frequently in the kitchen vs. hard copy cookbooks. As for a Cooking Show, yes, we’d love to do it. Anyone from the Food Network out there? The closest thing right now to our own cooking show has been Bob’s venture into cooking videos.”