Thursday, January 10, 2008

Free cooking inspiration

I love cooking and being inspired by seeing pictures of new recipes--but I don't like the price tag usually attached to magazine subscriptions. Several years ago, I subscribed to Kraft Food & Family (free), and enjoy finding it in the mail every few months. Just recently I subscribed to the Wal-Mart Homemade magazine, and look forward to perusing it, too.

Recipe websites are another great resource. I haven't frequented it recently, but I used to love browsing Top Secret Recipes (creative imitations of famous restaurant dishes). They offer cookbooks for sale, but also provide numerous recipes online.

RecipeZaar.com and AllRecipes.com offer tens of thousands of recipes, and have some very helpful search tools. Recipes may be searched by name or by ingredients (a helpful tool in being frugal--search for a way to use up the bits and pieces sitting in your fridge). I also appreciate the capability to make my own online "recipe file," where I save my own favorite recipes. RecipeSource.com also has huge number of recipes, but the design of the website makes it a bit more difficult to navigate.

Of course, there's always friends and family resource, which is one of the best! :-)

What are your favorite places to find recipes, particularly ones with a frugal bent?

3 comments:

suzof7 said...

One of my very favorite recipe websites is bbonline.com. I go there mainly for breakfast recipes, but there are many categories here. The link to the recipe index is on the left side of the page. I guess I figure, if they use it in a b&b, it's gotta be good - and I haven't been disappointed yet.

Also hillbillyhousewife.com is a great site with a frugal focus!

And then there's tammysrecipes.com.

CDMOM said...

In addition to the ones you mentioned I also like: http://thepioneerwomancooks.com/
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/

Jill said...

I just go to cooks.com; easy as that!