When I was a kid, my mom cooked from her Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, her collection of recipes cut from women’s magazines such as Redbook, and her faithful wooden recipe box with recipes from friends and family. But we mostly ate the same things, at least I don’t remember many complicated options. Lots of plain meat, potatoes and veggies and the usual casseroles made with cream of chicken soup.
Now adays there are cookbooks out the whazoo for every narrow little sliver of cuisine. My own collection includes almost all of the Weight Watchers cookbooks published in the last 4 years – although I confess I’ve only actually made a few of them, making them definitely not cost-effective purposes. I have my own Better Homes & Gardens book and a variety of healthy food cooking options – not that I cook from most of them, either. I like the pictures, though.
Mostly I get recipes from blogs and reading about things friends made, or by going to Epicurious, Recipezaar, and now Spark Recipes. I like being able to plop in some ingredients I may have on hand and see what comes up – and I like being able to see the nutrition info at the same time. Tho I try to look there last, because if I don’t like the ingredients or difficulty level enough, what difference would the nutrition make?
My favorite recipe of the last few months, the famous Alton Brown’s Free Range Fruitcake, came from the Food Network website. I do look at recipes there when I watch my favorite FN stars show me how easily I can whip up a 4 course meal in just 3o minutes, show after show after show, but it’s not my usual go-to spot to find something to make.
Where do you go?