Compiled by Sarah Hartnig, posted Sept. 23, 2010
1. Back of the box recipes: Have you ever noticed that the best recipes always seem to come from the back of box? But who wants to keep a heap of empty boxes lying around their kitchen? Back of the box recipes connects online users with their favorite recipes from a variety of top name brands. Personally, I recommend the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies….
2. Broke ass gourmet: For college students living on tight budgets, brokeassgourmet.com is an absolute must! With savory options like fig-onion bread or lavender toast with raspberry-ginger sauce, your guests would never even know you were pinching pennies.
3. Moms who think: Who else to plan a menu but a mom? Moms who think specializes in quick and easy 30-minute meals and organizes their recipes by protein — making their site both easy to navigate and useful.
4. Today show recipes: As an avid “Today Show” watcher, I often find myself intrigued by their celebrity chefs and recipes. After trying a couple of their dishes, I learned that it doesn’t take a fancy, Parisian education to make delicious food.
5. Vegetarian Times: Although I do not subscribe to the “Vegetarian Times,” I have used their recipes from time to time. For vegetarians, it is often difficult to cook tasty meals with adequate levels of protein. But with options such as Mediterranean Veggie Burgers, I wouldn’t be surprised if more people took up Vegetarianism.
6. Mayo Clinic: Since beach season in Miami lasts year-round, it’s a good idea to know how to cook healthy, tasty food. But with yummy appetizers like chipotle-spiced shrimp, staying trim just became that much easier.
7. Joy of Cooking: The printed, hard-back edition of “Joy of Cooking” is the only actual cookbook I own. Needless to say, I was elated when I found its online counterpart. Joy of Cooking has most basic recipes — whether you want to cook pancakes or hot chocolate from scratch, their website is certain to have the recipe you need.
8. Joy of Baking: Although not directly affiliated with Joy of Cooking, Joy of Baking is still a wonderfully useful website. Since baking is such an exact science in which minute details can truly make or break a dish, every young chef should have this page bookmarked in their favorites. I’m looking forward to trying the banana muffins with white chocolate later this week…
9. Cooks Illustrated: What sets Cooks Illustrated apart from other cooking sites is that it provides images of how your recipe should appear in its final, ready-to-eat stage. As a picky eater, I prefer to know what a dish looks like before I commit to cooking it for a group of friends, for example.
10. Epicurious: Epicurious.com has a wonderful section of “back-to-school” lunch recipes. Since I commute both to and from school, having a seemingly endless supply of easy, affordable options for making my own lunch really saves me from over-spending at the Food Court.
11. Martha Stewart: No list of cooking-oriented websites could ever be complete with referencing Martha! I find Martha Stewart’s “recipe finder” feature of their website especially useful as you can easily narrow your search results in order to fit your supplies and budget.
12. Jewish Recipes: Jewish Recipes is a great source for recreating deli-style favorites like Challah French Toast and Cheese Blintzes. Although most of the recipes from this site are indeed Kosher, you definitely do not have to be Jewish to enjoy some of these tasty dishes.