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Hayley Teater Putnam

Freelance Writer

Location icon United States of America

I'm a freelance writer based in Greensboro, NC, specializing in food writing. I fell in love with food and with cooking while studying abroad in England. When I returned to the States, I discovered food blogs and Food Network, and for the first time, I did something other than eating in the kitchen. I was hooked. Shortly thereafter, I re-kindled my love of writing during my final semester of college, and started my own food blog, Tiptoes in the Kitchen. My reckless abandon approach towards cooking has me consistently attempting (and cursing) new recipes, and my innate curiosity has me constantly reaching for the stories that surround what we eat. I'm particularly fascinated by the memories we associate with food and the traditions we preserve and acquire. I'm forever thinking of my next meal, and am always on the hunt for the best restaurant or hidden culinary gem in each new city I visit, and of course, the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Clients Include

Foodiecrush, Quaintance-Weaver Inc, A Chef's Life (a PBS series), Durham Magazine


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Breakfast Tostadas with Cumin-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. We have a feeling that might the motto of this auburn-curled and witty dame behind the blog Scarletta Bakes. And the creator of these simple but amazingly tasty Breakfast Tostadas with Cumin-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. Because she has flavor like that.

10 Frozen Dessert Recipes That Will Get Your Chill On

10 Frozen Dessert Recipes That Will Get Your Chill On We know, we're killin' ya-last month it was 20 classic pies, and now we're here tickling your tasters with a sampling of frozen desserts. Ain't life grand?

Crushing on The Vanilla Bean Blog and Raspberry Cacao Nib Sugar Buns

Reading other people's blogs is a voyeuristic experience. It transports us into the living rooms and lives of people we've never met and offers an intimate glance into their daily routines and states of mind. Even better, reading other people's food blogs transports us into their kitchens and Sarah Kieffer's The Vanilla Bean Blog is one I happily get lost in.

Summertime and I'm Feelin' Pie: 20 Classic Pies to Love

As far as summertime in America goes, it doesn't get much more patriotic than pie. This quintessential all-American treat beckons nostalgia with every bite, conjuring memories of baseball games, bare feet and catching fireflies in mason jars. Pie comes in many incarnations these days - in bars and milkshakes, gussied up with pretzel brownie crusts, booze, and salted-caramel-vanilla bean-caramel whatever.

4 Food Bloggers Who Changed Their Diets and Saved Their Lives

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you a pesky, complicated, hard to pronounce health diagnoses, and doctors don't have the answers, you take your health into your own hands. You do your own research. You experiment. Often starting with changes in what you eat.

5 Food Bloggers' Weight Loss Success Stories

Just about all of us have experienced frustrations with weight gain. We've seen the numbers on the scale creep up, instead of going down. We've started and stopped every fad diet imaginable and declared ourselves vegan, carb-free, protein only and we've even tested the limits of our wallets (and our patience) on the latest juice cleanse.

Gluten-Free Boston Cream Doughnuts with Vanilla Filling and Chocolate Ganache

Ashley McLaughlin started her blog Edible Perspective in 2009, out of sheer boredom. She knew nothing about photography and not much more about cooking. Now she's a food blogging cookbook author and knows a thing or two about these gluten-free Boston Cream Doughnuts. Why? Because she created them.

30+ Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes from Savory to Sweet

We're all about any holiday that allows us to eat, drink, and be merry, so it's no surprise so many of us love St. Patrick's Day. For one day out of the year, we can pretend we're Irish, while frequenting the pubs and practicing our Irish accents (they sound better the more drinks we've had), all the while parading our best shade of green.

30 Oscar Worthy Recipes and an Academy Awards Party Hosting Guide

Today's 30 Oscar Worthy Recipes post comes to us from our resident movie fanatic / FoodieCrush contributor / queen of the Academy, Hayley Teater, who every year schemes over Academy Award fétes with the same passion that Southern belles plot and plan their dream wedding. On with the show...

These Kids Only Get One Meal a Day. Help Make It Be One that Counts.

I'm just one of many content creators who create recipes, take drool-inducing photos of their inspired dishes (hopefully) and share it with the world through blogs. The ingredients we shop for and the food we make is readily accessible and plentiful. Shopping at the grocery store is just a car-ride /subway stop /quick walk away from our fully-functioning kitchens.

FoodieCrush Summer 2013

The food magazine that has a crush on food bloggers, their recipes and photography.

On Buttermilk, with Phoebe Lawless, Scratch Bakery

Phoebe Lawless is the pie maven behind the award-winning A stickler for cooking seasonally and locally, Phoebe endeavors to preserve food traditions, and she values local ingredients, especially those native to the South. Though her style is mostly Southern-influenced, she draws inspiration from around the world, and you're likely to see things like bánh mì, charred eggplant fatouche, carnitas, and gumbo on the menu.

On Peanuts, with Martin Weeks, the Peanut Man

You could call Martin Weeks "the peanut man." The Mount Olive, NC native worked in textiles and industrial engineering for most of his life, but when his father passed away six years ago, he discovered an unusual new venture.

On Grits with Chef Jay Pierce, Lucky 32

Jay Pierce gets southern food. He grew up in a suburb of New Orleans and has long been exposed to the bold and vivacious flavors of The Big Easy. Several years spent working in some of the best kitchens in New Orleans and Orlando have made him into a true Southern chef.

On Strawberries with April McGreger, Farmer's Daughter Preserves

April McGreger is a pickling pro and her preserves are probably better than your granny's. Growing up on a sweet potato farm in Mississippi, her mother and grandmother taught her southern-style canning. In 2007, she started The Farmer's Daughter in Hillsborough, NC, making preserves, pickles, chutneys, and chow-chows, selling them at local farmers' markets and shops.

Lavender for Luck

They say lavender is for good luck. I don't know if that's true, but I do know it's been lucky for me. Around this time a few years ago, my mom and I embarked on a whirlwind self-guided tour of France and Switzerland.

A Season for Succotash

There's nothing I love more than corn in the summer (aside from peaches). Though some swear by Silver Queen with its tender, petite kernels, I'm more partial to the checkered variety, but I'll eat any of it as long as it's fresh. When I was little, I mastered the art of sucking, not eating, corn on the cob.

Crushing on Muy Bueno Cookbook and Stacked Breakfast Enchiladas Recipe

The phrase, "too many cooks in the kitchen," need not apply to the Soza family, who's motto rings, "Pásale, Pásale, vengan a comer," (Come in, come in. Come in and eat). Since 2010, Evangelina (Vangie) Soza and daughters Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith have preserved three generations of family recipes and memories, celebrating their Mexican heritage in their well-followed blog, Muy Bueno.

Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in New York City

The classic American holiday gets an English accent at this TONY-approved gastropub. Chef Michael Psilakis's neighborhood haunt features a Mediterranean-inspired, budget-friendly throwdown for the gut-busting meal. Price: $40, with wine or beer pairing $62 On the menu: Gorge on creative fall dishes, including delicata squash and Cape May blue cheese, grilled prawns bruschetta with feta, smoked-turkey tortellini in turkey broth, turducken with kabocha squash puree, and a caramelized apple tart...

Fall Preview 2012: NYC restaurants and bars opening this fall

Photograph: Beth Levendis Beef tacos at El Toro Blanco Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Fall food and drink guide 2012: Tooker Alley Photograph: Jolie Ruben Fall food and drink guide 2012: Look out for a brisket bun at the revamped Fatty 'Cue, reopening in its original Williamsburg location As the chilly air sets in, the New York dining scene starts to heat up.