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What is your favorite go-to recipe online recipe site?

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I have so many recipe sites that I count on. Two of my favorites are:

I love Hawaiian cooking and this has it all and then some.

I am in here so much during the holiday season for cookie suggestions and new ones to try.

Is there one that you find yourself going into just to recheck a recipe or look for a new one?

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  1. nobody has one, huh. < that's weird, oh well, so many out there.

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    1. re: iL Divo

      I really don't have one. I just do a Bing search for a particular dish or ingredient and then follow the links.

    2. For me, it's epicurious.com. I have few favorites there, and most recipes have a lot of ratings. I do general searches, too, and check Ina Garten's site, where I also have a few faves.

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      1. re: mcf

        Epi's probably my top go-to, I'd have to say, also. But, I do jump around a bit, especially for ethnic recipes.

        1. re: Val

          if not mistaken, MB mentioned this on his show years ago and I do go in here when I need authentic Italian

          1. re: iL Divo

            ooh, thanks for that link, iL Divo....for Korean dishes, I've been going to http://www.maangchi.com and also love her videos...what I love about her videos is that she shows you the package of the ingredients she uses (most times) and this is so helpful to me before I go to Asian store to prepare.

            1. re: Val


              can you tell I like that link, that's why the caps, not yelling at you :+)

              1. re: iL Divo

                and she is SO cute!!! Pretty sure some nice person on this board clued me in to maangchi.

      2. I like Recipezaar because of the good participation of folks with recipe reviews. Most of the time, I just Google and work my way down the list.

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          1. re: KCrossland

            I will third the Recipezaar recommendation!

            I also really like foodgawker, because I look at the pictures, which narrows down which blogs I look at, and then I look at each to decide. It takes a little more time, but I find the results to be good usually.

          2. re: grampart

            I do that too, but there are so many sites out there to choose from, oh I forgot to mention this one.
            I could get lost reading all about the cheesecake recipes on here.
            the pina colada cheesecake from here made me want to fly into the sky, without a plane :+
            )the Oreo cheesecake had me climbing Mt. Everest
            the Peanut Butter Cup took me to new heights all together.

            1. re: iL Divo

              Oh my goodness, I think Flora's Hideout was the very very VERY first recipe website I found waaaaaayyyy back in high school in the first days of the internet in the early 90's. And, the cheesecakes were what really amazed me at the time, too. I remember thinking that the internet was going to be so great if you could just type in a recipe, and they all just appeared in front of you instantly. Thanks for the flashback!!

              1. re: sgogo

                well yep, it was a hundred years ago that I discovered it too. but we can't forget about the good ones :)

          3. Epicurious - my old standby

            Chowhound - a close 2nd to epicurious, I get many ideas and recipes here

            Facebook - my friends are great resources

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            1. re: lynnlato

              me too, first epicurious, then chowhound, but also google ingredients. and i have from there used a few Recipezaar recipes.

              1. re: lynnlato

                no facebook for me, can't figure it out and none of my friends are cooks, trust me :+(

              2. Allrecipes because there are so many reviews and I can search by ingredients

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                1. re: skoosha

                  or just plain old google if I can't find anything I am looking for on the other 3

                  1. re: skoosha

                    I used to know of a good recipe site where you did search by ingredients on hand but can't find it and have looked extensively over the last several weeks, maybe it's defunked

                      1. re: mcf

                        whoa!.....................................................who knew? thanks for sharing, now I see how it's done...................

                      2. re: iL Divo

                        Il Divo, you've probably seen this thread floating around, but EatMyBooks.com lets you do the same thing, but pops up recipes in books you already own (membership required, $25 per year or $50 lifetime -- which may expire soon -- but has 30-day free trial if you want to see how it works for you). Kind of a fun way to remind yourself of the hidden treasures in the books on your shelves -- although my collection is nowhere near what many others here have. Great thread -- thanks.

                        1. re: mebby

                          well you're a doll, thank you mebby............
                          and no, didn't know about it, I think I mostly live under rocks sometimes ....hahahah

                    1. chowhound, epicurious, and flickr

                      1. I use aloha world to cook local style filipino dishes for my boyfriend.

                        I always go to allrecipes...but i love various baking/cooking blogs:

                        -cookies and cups
                        -bake at 350
                        -sprinkles bakes
                        -baking bites
                        -smitten kitchen

                        and the wilton forum for decorating help.
                        oh and i always go to the pioneer woman's site but i never had any luck with her recipes.

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                        1. re: Mag454

                          me too about Pioneer Woman but love to read her. pretty amusing.
                          love this for quick ideas.
                          where is that all and only scones web site? I swear, some of these terrific sites are gone.

                        2. i like epi and allrecipes because of the reviews and comments. the former has better recipes (or at least more often more innovative and unique) than the latter, at least for what im usually seeking.

                          sometimes i browse recipezaar or various blogs.

                          all my searches for specific dishes include a google search, in case something comes up off of my normal radar.

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                          1. I use:

                            Food Network http://www.foodnetwork.com/
                            Cook’s Illustrated http://www.cooksillustrated.com/
                            Epicurious http://www.epicurious.com/
                            Recipezaar http://www.recipezaar.com/
                            Allrecipes http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Main.aspx
                            Recipesource http://www.recipesource.com/

                            Pretty much in that order.

                            When selecting a recipe, I give extra weight to ratings and how many ratings it has. I also watch for recipes from chefs I like.

                            Cook’s Illustrated doesn’t have as many recipes as Food network and some others but they have tested and modified the recipes so theirs tend to be high on my list , too.

                            If the Food Network kitchens developed the recipe, I give that one extra weight because it is probably the classic version of the recipe.

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                            1. re: Hank Hanover

                              I have the “Here in America's Test Kitchen” cookbook (from the editors of Cook's Illustrated.) Anyone who goes to so much trouble with a potato salad recipe (trying four different varieties of potatoes, cooking in chicken broth vs. heavily seasoned water, cooking the potatoes unpeeled vs. peeled, peeling after cooking vs. not, dressing cold vs. dressing warm, relish vs. chopped pickles) and THEN uses up a quarter of a page describing how to properly hard boil the eggs that go in at the end -- well, that's what I call thorough.

                              I pretty much gave up on the Food Network site when it was so cumbersome and slow (I only have a life expectancy of about another 20 years) but it seems to have gotten a lot friskier lately so maybe I'll go back. I did find their recipe comments and reviews helpful.

                              1. re: mandycat

                                If Tyler Florence likes it, I probably like it. Emeril comes up with some good recipes, if you disregard the call for essence in every recipe. I swear he would put essence on a peanut butter sandwich.

                                1. re: Hank Hanover

                                  You can also get all the Sandra Lee recipes on FN!! ;) <ducks>

                                2. re: mandycat

                                  I like Cook's Illustrated because they put their money where their mouth is. If the cheap item or something they didn't expect wins, they start using it immediately.

                                  They use a lot of Victorinox knives because they tested well. They use plain old table salt in cooking because they could taste any difference.

                                  Once they tested Vanilla Extract and couldn't determine a difference between imatation vanilla extract and regular vanilla extract then they called in expert pastry chefs and they couldn't tell the difference. The pastry chefs begged Cook's Illustrated not to publish their names!

                                  After all that, Cook's Illustrated published the results of the testing... minus the names of the pastry chefs. I think that takes guts.

                                  1. re: Hank Hanover

                                    Indeed, it does. Hell hath no fury like a foodie who's had his sacred myths demolished.

                                    1. re: Hank Hanover

                                      oh I like this report. and I love CI. I dvr it everyday. watch it, then if it doesn't interest me, I delete it but not before copying those recipes that I do want to try like the french fries last week in peanut oil using only yukon gold potatoes.

                                    2. re: mandycat

                                      dang, I have a cookbook that I bought at a charity shop thinking it was from America's test kitchens and it's not. I just went to grab it to see if it was what you're mentioning, alas and sadly, it's not. It's Best Recipes From America's Kitchens.............

                                    3. re: Hank Hanover

                                      I used to get blurbs from Cooks Illustrated but they've gone away, nothing in my in box any longer from them. I think you have to register and pay so I DVR them everyday and jot down things of interest from the show. I can't see spending money on something like that, for me it wouldn't work, given the amount of cookbooks I own.

                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                        On a recommendation from another Chowhound, I went to the Cook's Country TV site in mid-May 2010 to get their recipe for meatballs and marinara. I'm glad I printed it because when I went back a few weeks later to double-check the link, this particular recipe wasn't available without a membership. So something has changed.

                                    4. Epicurious
                                      Cook's Illustrated
                                      Food Network
                                      Fine Cooking
                                      Various celebrity chefs' websites: Rick Bayless, Michael Chiarello, Nick Stellino

                                        1. re: Harters

                                          that was a good find for me thank you. it may be different for me to figure out but I like it......

                                        2. Smitten Kitchen
                                          Simply Recipes
                                          Fine Cooking

                                          I also like Heidi Swanson's search engine for natural (mostly veg) cooking:

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                                          1. Most of the time I just do a search and then compare a half-dozen recipes, and then wind up doing a compilation of techniques and ingredients, but there are a few sites I always check first.
                                            So, another one for Smitten Kitchen.
                                            Food and Wine
                                            Closet Cooking
                                            Serious Eats
                                            Katty's Kitchen 'cause that cat can bake.
                                            Simply recipes
                                            And the Russian roulette of recipe sites: Allrecipes

                                            I'm thinking very seriously about gifting myself with a subscription to CI.

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                                            1. re: onceadaylily

                                              Oh and I also forgot tastespotting. It's like food porn and links to blogs.

                                              1. re: onceadaylily

                                                going into smitten kitchen, I liked it. love cooking sites where they show you step by step. not that I need to see that, but it fascinates me to see it all worked out in detail

                                                1. re: iL Divo

                                                  Her photographs are pretty good, and she is generally quick with a repsonse if people have questions.

                                                  1. re: onceadaylily

                                                    I love good photos of food related things, makes me want to get cracken and start cooking "that"

                                                2. re: onceadaylily

                                                  "Most of the time I just do a search and then compare a half-dozen recipes, and then wind up doing a compilation of techniques and ingredients"

                                                  That is my method as well.

                                                3. well you know I'll be clicking onto smitten ktichen, like right now

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                                                  1. I don't see anyone mentioning cookinglight.com or eating well.com. For those looking for the more healthy variety of recipes, these are excellent sites.

                                                      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                        I used to go in SOAR all the time and found it wonderful too. Then I lost it and now see why, it's got a new look to it, thanks for finding it for me........

                                                      2. My favorties are epi and http://leitesculinaria.com/. I love Leites and find their recipes extremely reliable.

                                                        1. I like magazine websites: food and wine, fine cooking, bon appetit, saveur, real simple, vegetarian times. The two below compile recipes from food and lifestyle magazines, newspapers and other authoritative sites.

                                                          "Project Foodie recipe search provides access to over 100,000 magazine recipes, television show recipes, and newspaper recipes. Simply put, Project Foodie is a one-stop, publisher independent, recipe search website with over 100,000 recipes all on one web destination"

                                                          "...is an exciting new way to find and enjoy the very best recipes from across the Web. It unites thousands of recipes from brands you trust, ranging from top food magazines and cookbooks to innovative chefs and the nation's most-respected food companies. Our pioneering new search technology makes it superquick and simple to find just what you're looking for. And because every single recipe has its own mouth-watering photography, it's fun to just browse, too."

                                                          1. Hands down, Epicurious. Second Food Network, Third Melinda Lee, Fourth All Recipes.

                                                            1. Epicurious.com is usually the first place I look. I'm also in the camp of looking at a number of recipes and then creating a hybrid of my own. As Queenscook noted, eating well and cookinglight have good recipes and are on my rotation.

                                                              I do find Cheww to be a helpful tool in searching food topics with more success. Cheww has led me to some great blogs I never would have found otherwise.

                                                              1. I am surprised that no one has mentioned

                                                                Essentially, it is a google for recipes and it searched food sites only for recipes. Very useful!

                                                                1. epicurious
                                                                  sometimes a more general google search for curiosity. If I am researching a general topic, like bread baking, or canning, I use this site and Garden Web (Home Forum). There is such a wealth of information now that you can access through the internet. It's like calling up a few thousand friends and their mom's for personal recipes and techniques.

                                                                  1. anyone know of one that is great with all kinds of pie recipes? I'm about to make the hub a banana cream pie and they're all seeming very generic.
                                                                    oh well, I'll do this one and see how it turns out.
                                                                    I don't "need" a recipe but would love to wow the man...

                                                                    1. I can't emphasize enough the value of recipe ratings and how many people rated them. A lot of recipe sites will let you sort by ratings. I want to know that a lot of people gave the dish high marks. High ratings by only a few people doesn't mean that much.

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                                                                      1. re: Hank Hanover

                                                                        I've made recipes where I have used many sites where you gauge the recipes after and before making them. On occasions, I make it and don't like it and have said so, while others making the same thing liked it. So, not sure what that says but just now counted on my own ability to come up with a banana cream pie crust while using a recipe calling
                                                                        for a regular pie crust. I did a cream cheese butter one, cooking in frig now, hope it's good.

                                                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                                                          Not too sure about that Hawaiian site-50 recipes for Spam and 40 for vegetables.

                                                                          1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                            are you talking about aloha world? hawaii has two main loves, foodwise.
                                                                            spam and best foods mayo

                                                                        2. My standby was Cooks Illustrated, but I gave up my online membership after they raised the price. However, unless it's a recipe they recently published, you can often find their recipes on other websites or blogs. After that, I also like:

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                                                                          1. re: gmm

                                                                            joy the baker
                                                                            tastespotting are now two of my favorites too.
                                                                            peanut butter banana cream pie <<< Wuhhhuuuut?