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Old 07-29-2011, 01:33 AM   #1
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How do you usually find good recipes?

I am trying to understand how people find recipes for a summer class on cooking. It would be great if you could either post here how you usually find recipes.

Thanks so much!


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Old 07-29-2011, 07:21 AM   #2
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Myself, I either create them, or ask the good people on DC. I have a blog where I'm teaching people about cooking as well. But, that's just me.

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Old 07-29-2011, 07:26 AM   #3
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I don't search for recipes very often. Usually if I do I'm looking more for inspiration than for an actual recipe or researching something that I've heard about to find out what seems to be the general consensus on how to make it, then I'll create my own version. Once in a great while I'll see a recipe that I want to try, although I'm finding them more often on this forum than I have from other sources.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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I check my cookbooks and look on the web, mostly. Usually I can read a recipe and tell if I'll like it or not. I'm neither creative nor inventive so I rarely make up my own recipes. I'm also detail oriented and black and white, so maybe that has something to do with it too!
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:45 AM   #5
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I get inspiration most often from DC members, but I also get newsletters from several sources. Usually it's the same old same old, but occasionally I find something a little different.

I'm making a casserole today based on a recipe from Mr. Food. I made many changes in the amounts and methods, but I liked the idea of crushed Ritz crackers as a layer.

I've used crushed Ritz crackers in an excellent stuffing for seafood. (Adding Worcestershire, butter, and sherry.)

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Old 07-29-2011, 08:59 AM   #6
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Relatives, the internet (such as the BBC website) and some scrummy cookbooks!!
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:18 AM   #7
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I try a lot of recipes, or at least versions of them, and make up my own. A lot of them don't make it past the first time, but some are hits so we make them again. Some are disasters, but I like to try something because it may look good, and I want to find out for myself.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:26 AM   #8
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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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Old 07-29-2011, 09:37 AM   #9
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Basically the internet or something I see on TV or a movie that catches my eye. I'm a visual person and typically need to see a picture of the results to even get me interested, unless it involves something unusual.
I always liked to food forums who ran cooking "contests" to broaden their members' food horizons. Those typically involved a lot of internet research to find a recipe to make. I've come across several recipes that way that made it into my rotation.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:52 AM   #10
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I get recipes from cookbooks, magazines, the internet, friends and family, but I must qualify by saying that I rarely follow a recipe, I usually use them as a starting point or as inspiration. It does however make it difficult to repeat or share "my recipe" with others as I seldom keep track of changes that I make. I must make an effort to do a better job of that in the future


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