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Where the Recipes Are

I’m not a gourmet cook.  And I don’t pretend to play one on my blog.  Saturday Stirrings was born a couple of years ago out of a desire to share easy to fix meals that are easy on the budget and family friendly.

I’m a decent cook.  I didn’t start out that way.  When I was first married, the only thing I knew how to cook involved a vat of bacon fat, flour, and a side of cream gravy that served the sole purpose of disguising whatever mystery meat I was serving.

And then I married a man who had rather severe food sensitivities, and wasn’t really all that fond of anything battered and deep fried in bacon fat.

I know. That should have been one of the questions asked during premarital counseling.

And he certainly wished that “do you know what an iron is and how to use it?” would have been on his list of questions.

So, maybe it was for the best.

Little by little, I learned how to cook.  And really, it wasn’t until I discovered a few really wonderful cookbooks, that I began preparing dishes that were actually edible.

But I do not prefer to spend hours and hours slaving over the stove.  I just want my family to think that I did.  For the sympathy factor.  So I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes that will aid me in keeping my family alive. And fooled.

Hence Saturday Stirrings.  And whenever you all join in, that’s just the proverbial gravy on my chopped steak.

Some of my favorite recipes have come from you all.  I have typed them up, and even put your names on the page in my recipe book so that I can remember where they came from.

I want to do something a wee bit different this week.  In the form of some cooking questions, I want to pick your brains to find out more about your favorite places to find recipes.  You can answer 1 or all of these questions in the comments section.  I’ve listed my answers below the questions.

1.  What is you favorite cookbook(s)?

•  “15 Minute Low Carb Recipes” by Dana Carpender
•  “500 Low-Carb Recipes” by Dana Carpender
•  “The SouthBeach Diet Cookbook” by Arthur Agatston, M.D.

2.  What is your favorite cooking blog?

•  A Year of Slow Cooking
•  The Pioneer Woman Cooks

3.  What is your favorite online recipe site?

•  All Recipes
•  Cooks dot com
•  Recipe Land

Bonus Question:  Who is your favorite on-air cooking personality?

•  Rachel Ray

After all these years, I’m still a cooking work in progress.  But I’ve managed to NOT come within 10 feet of an iron.  And THAT’S an accomplishment.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

13 Responses to Where the Recipes Are

  • My favorite cooking blogs are Pioneer Woman and http://grshortstop.blogspot.com/.

    My favorite online recipe sites are allrecipes.com and PW’s tastykitchen.

    I think cooking blogs and online recipe sites have made me a better cook. They have definitely inspired me. 🙂

  • I can’t say I use any recipe books anymore with any regularity. I do get the magazine Cooks Illustrated and sometimes find something in there.
    Always use All Recipes and ALWAYS check the comments for any major changes.
    I have a ton of food blogs I check on. PW is one of them, but I also love ourbestbites.com and http://mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com/ There are others, but they’re not mainly food bloggers.

    Obviously we all become better cooks as we get more experience. I’m much more confident in my own skills after years of doing it and feel that there’s not much out there that I can’t do or won’t try if I feel like it! Also, the internet has made it that if you can think of what you want to make, you can probably find a recipe or at least a starting point for it out there somewhere!!

  • My favorite cookbook is anything in the Annual Cookling Light department. Love. them. I just saw Mary Ostyn’s (from Owlhaven blog) cookbook – Family Feasts for $75 Dollars a Week – as Sam’s Club and I’m aching to get my hands on a copy.

    My favorite cooking blog is Pioneer Woman although I also enjoy The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch (she does a lot with Cooking Light- seeing a pattern here?).

    I like AllRecipes (and always read the comments) and I hit up Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen now and then too – lots of great entries there.

    I used to LOVE Two Hot Tamles and they went POOF. Painful! (although they are still available on-line…they were fun to watch on the cooking channel). If I was going to sit and watch someone (rare), I like to watch Giada De Laurentiis. I don’t mind feasting my eyes on Bobby Flay once in awhile either.

  • That would be tamales. For some reason the words I type aren’t appearing as fast as I’m typing. Clearly my proofreading skills aren’t up to snuff either.

  • 1. Once A Month Cooking (I don’t actually do the once a month cooking thing, but I do currently have about a dozen meals in the freezer ready to go).

    2. I don’t have a favorite cooking blog but when Pioneer Woman wrote about the little cutie apple dumplins made with Mountain Dew it brought a tear to my eye.

    3. Allrecipes.com and bettycrocker.com are my favorite recipe sites.

    Bonus: Rachel Ray! 🙂

  • My favorite cookbook is one that my husband’s aunt gave me right after we got married–it is from her synagogue. Tried and true recipes from women with a lot of experience is the best.

    Other than that, I will google recipes if I am looking for something in particular and am now making my own tried and true recipe book–nothing is going in it that we have not tried and at least some of my family loves.

  • What a perfect subject for me! I’m snow/ice bound here in OK with two teenaged boys … we still have power (PTL!) so it’s been a great time to cook.

    And … we watched ‘Julie and Julia last night!

    Favorite cookbook(s)/website is Taste of Home. All reciptes have been tried by “normal” people.

  • Favorite Cookbooks:
    •Fix It and Forget It: Feasting With Your Slow Cooker (great recipes from all over the country, submitted by regular, cream-of-mushroom-soup-lovin’ folks)
    •Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (how-to’s for a bunch of basic stuff like canning and preserving, plus preparation directions for unusual cuts of meat, etc.)

    Favorite Cooking Blog
    Sorry. I got nothin’.

    Online Recipe Site
    allrecipes.com is my favorite
    cooks.com is handy

    Favorite On-Air Cooking Personality
    No bonus for me. I only know a few names, and I can’t really say I’ve watched any of them. For me, a cooking show holds almost as much interest as a doing laundry show or possibly a cleaning the bathtub show.

  • Pioneer Woman!!!!

    Her ranch dressing is delicious!!

    I ‘ve also tried her twice baked potatoes- excellent and easy with her directions!

  • My favorite cooking blog is my own! http://thefrickinchicken.blogspot.com/ I also like the Pioneer Woman and a few other ones.

    My favorite online recipe site is foodnetwork.com because I usually go to look up a recipe after watching something on one of their shows.

    My favorite cook books are: Don’t Panic Dinners in the Freezer (http://tinyurl.com/yhk5gvn) The Betty Crocker Cookbooks and any cook book that has a photo with each recipe. I get inspired more by the photos than the recipes because I never follow recipes!

    My favorite on-air cooking personality: Alton Brown.

  • 1. Favorite cookbook: Easy! Hands down Martha Stewart’s magazine (Everyday Food) has one called “Great Food Fast”. All meals are simple, take approximately 30 minutes (a la Rachel Ray) and they are GOOD. It is THE only cookbook I have ever used more than once. It stays out on my counter all the time, and I have given away about 20 copies to family and friends because I love it so much. Maybe I should do a giveaway on my blog…. Hmm.

    2. Fav cooking blog: I don’t really follow any cooking blogs, though I do enjoy looking at Pioneer Woman’s from time to time. I have never made her recipes though, because just looking at them makes me gain weight!

    3. Fav recipe web site: Google…?

    4. Fav cooking show personality: Rachel Ray, for sure. My favorite thing about her is how she piles about 500 cans of stuff on herself in order to avoid 2 trips between cabinets and the counter. We are very alike in that respect 🙂

    Fun post, DeeDee!

    PS – I ABHOR ironing!!!! I found a commercial Rowenta steamer for super-cheap at Big Lots and I haven’t ironed since. It has changed my life. For real.

  • My favorite cookbook???
    After seeing Julie and Julia, hands down it has to be The Joy of Cooking. I love that book. And I think it is a must have for everyone who wants to learn how to cook, or just learn how to cook better. I can make a roast now!! WOO HOO!!

    I don’t really read cooking blogs. Sometimes my blog is about cooking…..

    My favorite online cooking/recipe site is….www.foodnetwork.com 🙂

    Favorite cooking personality?
    Alton Brown. LOVE him!!!

  • Fav cookbooks- Paula Deen lady n sons, once a month cooking, taste of home annual

    Fav recipe sites- pillsbury and taste of home

    Cooking blogs- need to find some

    bonus- rachel ray & paula deen

    BTW made the horseradish/bacon mac n cauliflower n cheese that rachel ray made last week…mostly good, but a bit heavy on the horseradish