Who among us has not gotten into a recipe rut, feeling like you are making the same things over and over again? Though such a predicament seems unavoidable, there is no excuse not to freshen up your recipe repertoire with the plethora of free, easy to access, recipes available online these days. But how do you know where to look and what recipe to try? I have been searching for and building a database of great online recipes for years, and here are the two best websites I have found, along with tips for getting your most out of them.
If you have never used AllRecipes you are really missing out. What makes AllRecipes unique is that the majority of recipes come from regular home cooks, often sharing recipes that have been in their family for generations. It is incredibly well organized into categories like Slow Cooker, Main Dish, Appetizer, Desserts and many more. You are also able to search for specific recipes by name of by ingredients. AllRecipes is updated regularly to feature recipes that fit upcoming holidays or the season.
Aside from the actual recipes, my favorite aspect of AllRecipes is by far the user reviews. It is not unusual to find recipes merely with hundreds, but at times over one thousand, reviews. The reviews are not only stars, but often full of helpful tips in making the given recipe even better. The “Most Helpful Positive” reviews and the “The Most Helpful Critical” reviews are listed first (based on users giving the review a thumbs up vote) and they are often quite insightful.
Are you a fan of Alton Brown or Rachael Ray? Perhaps Bobby Flay is more your style? Regardless of which celebrity chef you favor, chances are you can find their recipes on FoodNetwork, which features contributions by all of the stars of the television station, from Guy Fieri to Ina Garten.
FoodNetwork allows you to click on “Recipes” to see what they are featuring, but you can also search for specific recipes by name, or search for recipes by your favorite chef. If you do choose to look up a recipe by name, for example, fried chicken, you will get a list of all of their fried chicken recipes, along with the rating and a picture of the Food Network chef that is credited with that specific recipe.
FoodNework is a fantastic resource for trying recipes by your favorite television chef without spending money on a cookbook. Even if you aren’t familiar with the chefs on the Food Network, it is a great easily accessible website full of top-notch recipes.