Monday, May 14, 2012

My cooking sidekick - Allrecipes

I love to cook.  My husband has grown to love to cook.  I have so many fond memories of my Dad baking when I was little and one of my favorite classes in high school was Home Economics.  Cooking is my favorite medium to love on other people and it is also a stress relief (usually) for me.  My kids are always asking to see and help in the kitchen so I'm passing this love down I think.

I began my married life with 2 cookbooks by Better Homes and Gardens and little knowledge of how "cooking" actually worked.  Slowly I'm learning the science of cooking...very slowly.  My hubby used to be a very boring eater...veggies, anything that lived in the water, creams (cream cheese, sour cream etc), and diverse cheeses were not to be on the table (I'm happy to say many of those things have since changed) so I had little motivation to learn why food/recipes turned out the way they do.  My cookbooks were handy but we rarely ventured out of our standard boxed dinner/take out comfort zone and I was a little lazy and didn't like flipping through the books.

Fast forward several years, a few kids, and many technological light years later and you'll find my family in the kitchen the majority of most evenings.  I love the internet and the ease with which you can find anything...ANYTHING.  I especially love  I honestly don't really remember not having Allrecipes but  at one terrible point in the past (about 15 years ago) it wasn't there, now I use it almost daily.  Grocery lists, nutritional info, serving scaling, ingredient search and so much more ~ at no charge to my budget loving self!  I love love love the ratings and reviews options and the Hall of Fame recipes, I could go on about how good those are ~ but I guess if they weren't well they wouldn't have made the hall of fame.  Now I participate in a fantastic group Allrecipes Allstars.  If you're interesed go here to find out more information and apply to join in the culinary fun. 

So in short I'd say that has inspired, taught, entertained, challenged me and so much more!  So what are you waiting for...go see what Allrecipes is all about!

Until we eat again,