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Old 07-29-2011, 04:22 PM   #11
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there is a great magazine called Cuisine at Home. no advertising just seasonal recipes, many quick and easy. I certainly would recommend it for someone building a repertoire in the kitchen.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:53 PM   #12
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The internet is a great resource, combined with my many cookbooks and saved recipes from friends, newspaper, et al. I too use several sources and rarely follow a recipe as written, so each one is a new experience. Unfortunately, if something comes out great, I can't remember how it got that way!
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:35 PM   #13
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DC has been a good influence on my new recipe habits. Now, my habit is to write down ingredients, techniques, etc., as I am making the recipe. If it comes out good, great. If not, I write down ideas for improvement.

I keep these in a notebook and when I'm ready to make it again, I move the recipe page to the front of the book, make notes of any changes I made and how it came out. It comes in handy to remind me of things that sounded good, but weren't, or variations that came out great.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:42 PM   #14
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I got my "core" recipes from my mom. They are for the things I ate growing up. I love to look in "community" cookbooks (put out by clubs, churches, etc.) because they contain a lot of real recipes that actual people make, not just something someone created to sell a book. I do like to look through magazines, newspaper food sections, cookbooks, and Internet sites for recipes. Every now and then I find a great one. The main reason I look online or in cookbooks though is to find out the cooking time and temperature for something I want to make.

One thing I do love about the Internet, when it comes to looking for recipes, is that it is convenient, and you don't have a book lying around for just a couple recipes. That said, I wouldn't give up my cookbooks either!!!
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:50 PM   #15
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Gotta love the church cookbooks! Mine are all over 25 years old, and continue to amaze with their comfort food, a lot of cream of something, Velveeta, some great rhubarb and fruit recipes. Good stuff.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:07 PM   #16
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The internet is a great resource, combined with my many cookbooks and saved recipes from friends, newspaper, et al. I too use several sources and rarely follow a recipe as written, so each one is a new experience. Unfortunately, if something comes out great, I can't remember how it got that way!
me too, dawg! some of my most sublime food creations are lost forever...we could use some of zhizara's valuable note keeping skills, huh? i also like barbara's idea of using community inspired cookbooks, a source i had previously discounted out of hand. sharp of you to recognize the community as a rich venue, barbara!
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:02 PM   #17
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i find them anywhere. here on d.c.or something that takes my fancy and then i do a search . i also find them in several food mags. that i take. some i make up in my head to suit the ingredients that i have on hand.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:20 AM   #18
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I Google the name of the dish I want to cook, or I usually use the following sites, daily:
www.taste.com.au
www.lifestyle.com.au
I also watch a ridiculous amount of Australian cooking shows. YouTube is also a great way to search for recipes for those who like to see it being done, rather than read about it.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:41 AM   #19
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i usually will check a few cooking/foodie websites that i frequent for more info than just one recipe can supply.

recipes are nice, but it's helpful to be able to talk about things therein.

obviously, i check here, but also epicurious, recipezaar, cooking for engineers, and then there's good old google.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:41 PM   #20
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I've been cooking for over 50 years and have hundreds of cookbooks, which I use and read like novels. I also have a recipe file (the 3x5 card size) that fills 4 shoe boxes. I love to cook and always have. And, fortunately, I've had a family that enjoys being my guinea pigs. Sometimes that's really, really good and other times they're quite sorry they agreed to the experiment. The latter dishes are the ones that are either tweaked a bit more or are deemed trashcan-worthy, recipe and all.

I get recipes everywhere. From friends (the real ones and the DC ones), other Internet sites, in magazines, newspapers, on food packages, in my head, during experimentation when I have a handful of leftover ingredients that need to be used, etc.
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Good grief!!! I have a virtual twin!! Me too (but I have been putting the recipe collection on Living Cookbook.)

I get lots of cooking mags, and internet subscriptions, but I have some tattered newspaper clippings and church dish to pass recipes. I always look. One of my best and favorite recipes (Crunchy Pea Salad) came in a real estate newsletter.
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