I told you I’d be back next Tuesday. And look, here I am.
Another question I get asked repeatedly is:
“Where do you get your recipe and menu ideas?”
A lot of people I talk to find themselves in a rut as far as menu planning goes. They find themselves making the same 10 or 12 recipes and after a while their family is sick of them. I used to have that same problem, and that was one of the reasons I started this blog. A few years ago I would use what I called a “master list” of recipes to decide my two-week menu. My master list had maybe 25 meal ideas on it and I would try to cycle through them all in a month. It worked okay for awhile, but then I discovered that there were some great ideas and great recipes out there – all it took was a little searching and some courage to try new ingredients and flavors.
So here are the places I turn to when I need new ideas:
Favorite Food TV:
America’s Test Kitchen (PBS)
Barefoot Contessa (Food Network)
Favorite Food Sites:
The Cook's Thesaurus
Taste of Home
Top Secret Recipes
Blogs in my Reader:
Artisan Bread in Five
Cafe Zupas Blog
Dinner With Julie
Ezra Pound Cake
Kelsey Nixon's Blog
Our Best Bites
Sea Salt With Food
Taste and Tell
I also get a handful of new recipes each month from my favorite magazine: Cooking Light. Don’t be frightened off by the name - “light” cooking isn’t what it used to be people!
I’ve had a subscription to Cooking Light for a little over a year now, and I still eagerly await each month’s magazine in my mailbox. When I first subscribed, I didn’t think that I would use it as much as I do. Within days of its arrival, I have it read and all marked up. I dog ear the pages like crazy, marking recipes that I want to try out. The photography is gorgeous and it makes me pretty much want to try everything.
What I love about the magazine though, is that it is more than just a bunch of recipes. There are great articles like this one:
…which also of course includes recipes.
In between pages of recipes, they have informative bits like this one:
….and this one. (Tired of the same ol’ oatmeal in the morning? This page has great ideas for re-vamping your boring breakfast.)
In the back they also include reader recipes as well (like this one:)
So there you have it. My secret is out. Now you all no longer need me. I’ll keep writing though, just so my mom can see that I’m eating well.