is Your Kitchen
by Laura Emery, Field Editor
Inside the cold confines of your refrigerator sit some
week-old rice, onions, lemons, and pork; the pantry holds flour, canned peas
and baked beans. This is dinner? You bet. Head over to Cooking By Numbers at
www.cookingbynumbers.com, check off what you have from the site’s list of 50
staples, and voila — relevant recipes appear, rated 100 percent (if you have
all the ingredients) or a lesser percentage (if you lack a few). While
gourmet cooks may find the pickings slim, the site is perfect for the
desperate parent or the forgets-to-shop bachelor.
A great companion site to any recipe source is the Cook’s
Thesaurus, online at www.foodsubs.com,
which has the scoop on any ingredient — how it’s eaten and prepared, how to
tell when it’s no longer fresh, alternative names, and acceptable
Frugal Can Be Fun
Frugal Recipes (www.frugalrecipes.com)
offers recipes such as kung pao chicken and butternut squash gratin to whet
the appetite and leave cash in your pocket.
Breakfast gets a wake-up call with sugar-crusted French
toast and vanilla-spice apples or an oven-coddled egg baked with creamy
mashed potatoes and herbs. This is an example of what you’ll find at
Epicurious (www.epicurious.com). It
has a seemingly endless array of culinary information that includes
interviews with celebrity and professional chefs, slide shows of favorite
dishes, book excerpts and reviews, culinary travel guides, comprehensive
coverage of beers and liquors, buyers’ guides, newsletters, glossaries,
discussion forums, an enormous shopping area, TV and magazine tie-ins, and
over 13,000 recipes. Whether you’re looking for video instruction in
omelet-rolling techniques or an authoritative discussion of which wine will
win out at a wedding, Epicurious has what you need.
You can’t make a casserole, muffins, a soufflé, or a
Bundt cake without the proper cookware. That’s where
comes into the picture. From bakeware and barware to cutlery and
cookware, this site has everything you need to whip up your finest
masterpiece of culinary art.
AllRecipes.com is an entire network devoted to recipes of
every kind (www.allrecipes.com).
has more than 100,000 recipes to tempt even the most discriminating palate.
You can even add your favorite recipes, search and download recipes of
famous food companies for free. You can also save recipes, post your
reviews, ratings and comments. There’s also recipe-management software that
you can download for free.
is a favorite website because you can compile your own recipe box, and the
website will generate a grocery list for you as you choose your favorite
recipes. This site, with colorful pictures and visitor-friendly searches,
also spotlights a Recipe of the Day and even features sections titled “30
Minutes or Less,” “Just For Kids,” and “Healthier Living.” The recipes also
include cooking time and preparation times.
In case you accidentally threw away the box or carton,
is a great source for brand name, back-of-the-box recipes, such as Hershey’s
chocolate thumbprint cookies and Hidden Valley’s chopstick chicken salad.
offers nearly 70,000 recipes in dozens of categories, from baked goods and
burgers to relishes and rubs. The recipes are organized into two major
groups — recipes primarily identified with an ethnic cuisine are broken down
by region and ethnic group, while other recipes are categorized by the type
At Cooks.Com (www.cooks.com),
you can find articles and information on everything from how to make simple
garnishes to 101 ways to cook chicken. Plus, enjoy sections on how to make
use of leftover items, such as cheese, sour milk and cream, beef, ham,
poultry, and others. Along with hundreds of recipes, the website also
features such information as how to make yeast breads and what kind of foods
to eat for health and strength.
The Betty Crocker website contains a wealth of
Currently featured is information on brilliant brownies, great grilling
gadgets, four tasty ways to grill, and cool icebox cake. Reduce your time in
the kitchen and make it easy to make a meal. Discover cooking shortcuts,
prep-work tips, slow-cooking techniques, tips for keeping food safe, and
techniques for great grilling.
The Gourmet Spot (www.gourmetspot.com)
is a great source for information (a compilation of links and descriptions)
on the best recipe, food, cooking, restaurant, cookbook, and wine websites
For unique variations of all-time
favorite Southern foods, check out Soul Food Cookbook (www.soulfoodcookbook.com),
where you’ll find recipes for Finger Lickin’
Good Fried Chicken with Dumplings, Killer Green Beans, Mississippi Red
Beans, Slap Yo Momma Meatloaf, Fat Boy’s Corn
Pudding, Momma’s Super Bad Fried Corn, and Granny’s Sweet Potato Pie. .