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jvanderh Aug 31, 2011 06:57 AM

I realized today, as I congratulated myself for making a sandwich, that I'm in a rut. I'm wondering if people might have suggestions for things I should be reading. I'm especially interested in fast and easy. I'm open to any ethnicity and have lots of grocery options nearby: Asian, Halal, Mexican, etc.

  1. Becca Porter Aug 31, 2011 07:37 AM

    I really like:


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      jvanderh Aug 31, 2011 01:14 PM

      Those ginger bars look amazing, and zucchini fritters with an egg on top sounds delicious, seasonal, and like I'd only have to wash one pan. Thanks so much :-)

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        ForFoodsSake Aug 31, 2011 05:15 PM

        Another SmittenKitchen follower :)

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          lilgi Sep 1, 2011 12:22 AM

          I'm constantly peeking at Smitten Kitchen :)

        2. dave_c Aug 31, 2011 08:29 AM

          Not quite a blog, but lately, I've been going to YouTube to look for videos in lieu of blogs. The production value of the videos vary, but that's okay by me. I think it's a hoot when little kids jump in the videos.

          One of my favorites is a French video about making Macarons. High production value in French with English subtitles.

          Another good site for vids is PBS, especially Julia Child. Watching her usually gets me out of my cooking ruts.

          On blogs, I do like is David Liebovitz. (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/
          )Ruhlman's website (http://ruhlman.com/) is good too. I also use Ruhlman's website as a jumping off point to other blogs via his list on the rhs of the screen.

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            jvanderh Aug 31, 2011 01:16 PM

            Thank you kindly! I like baking by weight and have Ratio, so I'm not sure why I haven't subscribed to him already.

            Any other favorite youtube videos?

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              dave_c Aug 31, 2011 04:48 PM

              Can't think of any others in particular. I just look up things on a whim. Pizza tossing, making lumpia, carnitas, cannoli... etc.

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            HillJ Aug 31, 2011 09:37 AM

            Have you visited Chef John over @ Food Wishes?
            John's an all around good egg, award winning chef-blogger and his menus, recipes and videos are fun, approachable and varied. I'd highly recommend checking his blog for inspiration. Also, John's "blog roll" of bloggers he follows will lead you to some wonderful recipes.

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              foodiewoo Aug 31, 2011 09:55 AM

              I love this one : www.theeleganteggplant.com

              1. danbuter Aug 31, 2011 01:23 PM

                http://bitesnbrews.com/ - Lots of stuff on both beer and food.

                1. ttoommyy Aug 31, 2011 01:27 PM

                  For Italian, I like The Italian Dish. Her recipes and photography are very nice.


                  1. GardenFresh Aug 31, 2011 02:49 PM

                    Some of my all-time favorites include:
                    The previously-mentioned http://smittenkitchen.com/ - might be my #1
                    www.food52.com/blog - also a great recipe database
                    www.seriouseats.com - very broad scope, but great info and really in-depth if you want it
                    http://lunch.thecanalhouse.com - no words, just a daily picture, nice inspiration
                    www.thekitchn.com - has nice recipes, but also a lot more than recipes

                    All very nice blogs ... this is but a small sample of just the food-related blogs I subscribe to. I have a problem, I know :)

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                      LisaPA Aug 31, 2011 06:42 PM

                      http://simplyrecipes.com/ - not Mexican, but Southwestern with a lot of Mexican-inspired stuff
                      http://steamykitchen.com/recipes- Asian
                      http://www.davidlebovitz.com/ - American pastry chef in Paris
                      http://www.latartinegourmande.com/ - reverse, a French woman in Boston. Bonus, she's an amateur photographer.
                      http://www.101cookbooks.com/ - vegetarian and vegan. She's great at combining things you've never thought of.

                      And I'm also a fan of Smitten Kitchen. The chocolate peanut butter cake is the most decadent thing I think I've ever made.

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                        FunCal Aug 31, 2011 07:11 PM

                        tons, but I'll just name a few (they won't link as I'm too new, but the sites are great!)

                        the reluctant gourmet.com

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                          jvanderh Sep 1, 2011 09:40 AM

                          I didn't find a cooking section on ask men. Is there a special place I should be looking?

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                            FunCal Sep 1, 2011 10:22 AM

                            Look under the "Fine Living Simon Majumdar >Shrimp Toast Recipe" catagory

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                            Caitlin McGrath Sep 1, 2011 11:14 AM

                            Hi, FunCal, and welcome! All you need to do to get sites to link is to include the htttp://www (if the URL includes www) in it, e.g., http://eggsonsunday.wordpress.com/

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                              FunCal Sep 1, 2011 05:03 PM

                              thanks. Haven't had to do that elsewhere. I tend to talk in shorthand, I guess I type in it too!


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                            shaebones Aug 31, 2011 11:23 PM


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                              nutmeg0287 Sep 1, 2011 09:06 AM

                              I second Joy!! I love her!

                              Also, http://www.melissaclark.net/blog and smittenkitchen!

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                              kookiegoddess Sep 1, 2011 06:15 AM

                              Another SK follower, although I'll be really pleased when she's finished writing her books, I feel like she's constantly holding back on us these days, and I really miss her cakes/sweet recipes. I think she is super busy with her son/writing commitments and I'd love to hear more about her general food interests, eg use of more grain flours, her very judicious use of meat, how she plans her menus without meat etc. She used to be a veggie - i wish i was brave enough to serve more meatless meals, but I am often scared of going hungry! plus am pg so need plenty of energy/protein right now.

                              I also love use real butter - she is an excellent photographer, I don't know how she keeps her images so clear and devoid of clutter and mess. Only pain is that her stuff takes a while to load due to the size of the images.

                              Lots of delicious oriental recipes, tho I tend to omit her bamboo shoots, I really don't care for the flavour but I guess she has grown up with them.

                              I like simply recipes too, for old fashioned american cooking and simplified versions of tasty international dishes. Very reliable cooking and she writes with warmth.

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                                cleobeach Sep 1, 2011 07:59 AM

                                I an another simplyrecipes fan.

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                                  jvanderh Sep 1, 2011 09:42 AM

                                  I am loving reading all of your suggestions. I also discovered that there are some feed readers and proxy services that allow you to subscribe to posts with certain keywords only within a blog. This means I can subscribe to the 'fast' or 'quick' or 'weeknight dinner' section of a bunch of blogs without having to sift through an overwhelming amount of content. Woohoo! :-)

                                  1. blue room Sep 1, 2011 10:08 AM

                                    It seems like I find a good cooking blog every time I'm feverishly OR nonchalantly browsing for recipes!

                                    David Lebovitz never disappoints, http://www.davidlebovitz.com/

                                    and I often look at Baking Bites http://bakingbites.com/

                                    I have an ice cream maker, but this from Baking Bites caught my attention--might be fun for somebody before summer's gone. http://bakingbites.com/2011/08/how-to...

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                                      katecm Sep 1, 2011 10:20 AM

                                      I like to scroll through www.foodgawker.com and www.tastespotting.com, which have postings from hundreds of food blogs. If you like a particular picture, click on it and you may end up liking that blog, too.

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                                        FunCal Sep 1, 2011 11:08 AM

                                        foodgawker is good.
                                        Also: sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/ , and, how2heroes had a great blog with videos

                                      2. cityhopper Sep 4, 2011 07:46 PM

                                        The Kitchn

                                        1. operagirl Sep 4, 2011 07:57 PM

                                          I subscribe to Yotam Ottolenghi's weekly recipes from The Guardian -- you can get them via RSS. He is wildly creative, and it's often my favorite thing to pop up in my reader each week!


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                                            xcskier20 Sep 5, 2011 04:46 AM

                                            my favorites are:


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                                              cookkevin Sep 6, 2011 10:49 AM

                                              my fav is Closet Cooking.


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                                                HillJ Sep 6, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                I enjoy the riffs/menus on Closet Cooking and what Kevin Lynch does with leftovers! Some wonderful dips on that blog too.

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                                                  jvanderh Sep 6, 2011 11:50 AM

                                                  I wondered this morning whether it would be entirely offensive to send him an email saying that I really enjoy his posts, and would enjoy them more with a few more commas and periods :-P.

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                                                    HillJ Sep 6, 2011 11:57 AM

                                                    I'm wondering if CH cookkevin is Kevin Lynch.

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                                                      jvanderh Sep 6, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                      Looks like Closet Cooking Kevin is in Toronto and cookkevin is in the twin cities. I think we have two Kevins on our hands.

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                                                        HillJ Sep 6, 2011 01:00 PM

                                                        Disappointed. I had a recipe question.

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                                                        cookkevin Sep 7, 2011 07:05 AM

                                                        I wish, but no...............sobbing

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                                                  mamueller Sep 6, 2011 01:12 PM

                                                  I haven't seen macheesmo.com mentioned - I check in on him most days. Also really like to go to foodblogsearch.com where I trip over lots of good stuff.

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                                                    yerioy Sep 6, 2011 11:52 PM

                                                    For baking:

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