Recipes Galore

I like to cook and bake, but it almost always seems stressful.  I feel like I need to hurry with a particularly long or involved recipe, because there are so many other things I could be doing.  And then there is a good chance that no one else likes it but me (or not even me!), and much of it goes to waste (which is rough with expensive gluten-free ingredients). Last week I spent two and half hours in the kitchen making green chile stew.  De-fatting the pork shoulder, browning the meat, chopping the vegetables, de-skinning and de-seeding the green chiles before chopping them up…  It was a LOT.  It turned out deliciously (and we ate it for four dinners in a row, but it was a LOT).  Oh the things I could have done with that 2.5 hours…

There are so many new recipes I want to try…so many glossy-paged cookbooks and gorgeously food-styled blogs, that I now have recipes on a waiting list.  Plus I’m experimenting with gluten-free cookbooks.  We have such a weird combination of tastes and diets in this house, it’s amazing I’m not in the kitchen all the time.  Butters doesn’t like most vegetables but loves Mexican and other spicy foods.  GFB can’t have gluten and dislikes spicyness of any sort, not to mention any dip but ketchup.  PFB can’t have nuts and doesn’t much like meat.  He doesn’t like Mexican food, but he does like salsa.  I like everything (mostly), and dessert is a must for me.  So we hobble along. I’m hoping it gets easier, and I try to actively search out new recipes that–just maybe–we’ll all like.

I visit Joy the Baker’s blog almost everyday.  Not only do her recipes generally look scrumptious and unique, but I love how she styles everything, not to mention her sassy attitude and complete zest for life.  She doesn’t take herself to seriously, but she takes food VERY seriously.  She has a cookbook coming out next February, and I will be all over that!

I page slowly through each issue of Sweet Paul Magazine, making notes, and now I’m also fawning over the new digital magazine Easy Eats, which is dedicated to gluten free living.

I also love looking at the latest recipes from They Draw and Cook, which is a really fun site showcasing recipes illustrated by artists around the world.  Here is an adorable sample.
Plus, candy sushi sounds like an awesome idea!  I just ordered the cookbook, which is sure to be a fun read!

Where do you go for good recipes?

Posted in cooking on 09/02/2011 02:26 am


  1. Ooh, I love the look of the Joy the Baker blog. Thanks for the link!

    As for my favorites, I like the 101 Cookbooks blog. I rarely go wrong with Heidi Swanson’s recipes.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      Thanks for the suggestion, Stacy. I’ll definitely check them out!

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