Back in the early days of the web, there weren’t a lot of things to do. I mainly looked for information about three things on a regular basis:  (1) the Chicago Bulls (these were the glory days); (2) romance novels (pre-AAR); and (3) recipes.

Over the years, I’ve come to rely more and more on the web for cooking tips and recipes. In fact, this summer, I donated about 50 cookbooks to a local used book sale, leaving myself with only 10 sentimental favorites.

When I’m looking for cooking inspirations, with nothing specific in mind, I have a series of regular sites to visit. My favorite, is the BBC Good Food site. While I have to do conversions of the quantities, I’ve found numerous great recipes there. They consistently have wonderful vegetarian offerings.

If I’m interested in healthy, low-fat/low-calorie ideas, I’ll check out the Prevention magazine website for ideas.

When I’m looking for recipes to use specific ingredients, I make use of the advanced search feature at Epicurious. This one tends to be a bit hit or miss for me, but if I play around with it for awhile, I can usually come up with some ideas.

Where I’m a bit more stumped, is when I’m looking for a recipe for a specific dish, such as for ratatouille or tzatziki. I just don’t have a go-to site, so tend to do a Google search for “ratatouille recipe,” or whatever I want to cook. Now I’ve come up with some great recipes doing this, but have also come up with some really lousy ones.

I’ve also looked for specific recipes on the Food Network’s website, and once again, some seem reasonable, but a whole lot just don’t interest me.

How about you? Do you have any go-to recipe sites for me to check out? Any I should avoid?


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.