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iL Divo Jul 7, 2010 12:44 PM

Don't know where to put this so I chose here. Hope that's ok, otherwise, Mods please move or remove if it's a repeat.

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?

  1. gmm Aug 11, 2010 01:52 AM

    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
      iL Divo Aug 11, 2010 07:31 AM

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

    2. Caroline1 Aug 8, 2010 07:12 PM


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      1. re: Caroline1
        Sam Salmon Aug 9, 2010 09:53 PM

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

        1. re: Sam Salmon
          iL Divo Aug 10, 2010 06:54 AM

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

      2. Hank Hanover Aug 8, 2010 06:05 PM

        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
          iL Divo Aug 8, 2010 08:06 PM

          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.

        2. iL Divo Aug 8, 2010 05:31 PM

          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...

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            mendogurl Aug 6, 2010 06:41 AM

            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. roxlet Aug 6, 2010 05:07 AM

              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. meatn3 Aug 6, 2010 04:39 AM

                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. Funwithfood Aug 5, 2010 09:14 PM

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

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                    JanRan Aug 5, 2010 07:27 PM

                    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."

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                      jules127 Aug 5, 2010 11:23 AM

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

                      1. mrbigshotno.1 Jul 13, 2010 11:09 AM

                        I refer to this one quite often


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                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1
                          iL Divo Jul 13, 2010 11:56 AM

                          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. queenscook Jul 13, 2010 09:57 AM

                          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. iL Divo Jul 12, 2010 11:20 AM

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

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                            1. re: iL Divo
                              asiansupper Jul 12, 2010 05:58 PM

                              http://www.nibbledish.com for photos and for Asian recipes ... http://www.asiansupper.com :)

                            2. onceadaylily Jul 11, 2010 02:18 PM

                              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
                                italy531 Jul 11, 2010 03:48 PM

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

                                1. re: onceadaylily
                                  iL Divo Jul 12, 2010 11:24 AM

                                  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
                                    onceadaylily Jul 12, 2010 12:07 PM

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

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                                      iL Divo Jul 13, 2010 08:14 AM

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

                                  2. re: onceadaylily
                                    Perilagu Khan Jul 12, 2010 07:38 PM

                                    "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. IndyGirl Jul 11, 2010 12:27 PM

                                    Smitten Kitchen
                                    Simply Recipes
                                    Fine Cooking

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

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                                    1. re: IndyGirl
                                      mariacarmen Jul 11, 2010 01:12 PM

                                      oh yes, Smitten Kitchen. and www.locallemons.com

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                                      Harters Jul 10, 2010 03:02 PM

                                      Googling on ingredients usually takes me to

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                                      1. re: Harters
                                        iL Divo Jul 11, 2010 07:22 AM

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

                                        1. re: iL Divo
                                          greenstate Jul 11, 2010 12:03 PM

                                          In addition to Food Network and Epicurious I also peruse these blogs:

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                                        PAO Jul 9, 2010 04:04 PM

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

                                        1. Hank Hanover Jul 9, 2010 01:23 PM

                                          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
                                            mandycat Jul 9, 2010 03:20 PM

                                            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
                                              Hank Hanover Jul 9, 2010 03:41 PM

                                              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
                                                cosmogrrl Aug 9, 2010 01:52 PM

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

                                              2. re: mandycat
                                                Hank Hanover Jul 9, 2010 03:50 PM

                                                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
                                                  Perilagu Khan Jul 12, 2010 07:36 PM

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

                                                  1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                    iL Divo Jul 13, 2010 08:13 AM

                                                    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
                                                    iL Divo Aug 9, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                    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
                                                    iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 07:18 AM

                                                    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.

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                                                      mandycat Jul 10, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: mandycat
                                                        iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 09:36 AM

                                                        yep, it has, dang

                                                  4. Emme Jul 8, 2010 10:16 PM

                                                    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. re: Emme
                                                      runwestierun Jul 8, 2010 10:23 PM


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                                                      Mag454 Jul 8, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                      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
                                                        iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 07:11 AM

                                                        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. chef chicklet Jul 8, 2010 06:35 PM

                                                        chowhound, epicurious, and flickr

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                                                          skoosha Jul 8, 2010 04:00 PM

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

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                                                            italy531 Jul 8, 2010 05:32 PM

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

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                                                              iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 07:10 AM

                                                              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: iL Divo
                                                                mcf Jul 10, 2010 10:36 AM

                                                                You can do that here, on epicurious.com:


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                                                                  iL Divo Jul 11, 2010 07:25 AM

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

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                                                                  mebby Jul 12, 2010 06:34 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    iL Divo Jul 13, 2010 08:11 AM

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

                                                              2. lynnlato Jul 8, 2010 09:26 AM

                                                                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
                                                                  mariacarmen Jul 9, 2010 01:50 PM

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

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                                                                    iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 07:10 AM

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

                                                                  2. grampart Jul 8, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                                    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: grampart
                                                                      KCrossland Jul 8, 2010 09:27 AM

                                                                      I like recipezaar too!

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                                                                        milkyway4679 Jul 8, 2010 07:54 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                        iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 07:01 AM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                          sgogo Aug 10, 2010 07:17 PM

                                                                          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
                                                                            iL Divo Aug 11, 2010 07:21 AM

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

                                                                      3. mcf Jul 8, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                        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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                                                                          Val Jul 8, 2010 09:02 AM

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

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                                                                            iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 06:56 AM

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

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                                                                              Val Jul 10, 2010 07:22 AM

                                                                              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
                                                                                iL Divo Jul 10, 2010 07:59 AM

                                                                                VAL THANK YOU, I LOVE HER. THAT IS A GREAT WEB SITE, MANY THANKS, WATCHING HER NOW DO HER SHORTRIBS AND YES, SHOWING EVERYTHING IS MAJOR HELP.

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

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                                                                                  Val Jul 10, 2010 09:56 AM

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

                                                                        2. iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 07:45 AM

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

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                                                                            Perilagu Khan Jul 8, 2010 07:55 AM

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

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                                                                              iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                              i like your panama hat

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                                                                                Perilagu Khan Jul 8, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                                Heh heh. Thanks.

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