A sampling of some of your favorite places to find recipes
Last fall, I began an informal survey to find out about your go-to recipe/culinary information sources.
Responses came in fast and furious and are still coming, especially after reminding you again of my search in my last column. Thank you for taking time to write and for your interesting and fun comments.
On a recent Saturday, my mother and I stopped for coffee at the bagel shop. it was filled with young families, all having a great time. Not one to miss a survey opportunity, I grabbed a napkin and started taking notes as I interrupted conversations and lunches.
It turns out that most of you have many recipe sources and there might be a slight generational slant to answers my survey received, but many answers were the same and others were all over the place no matter what the participant’s age.
Here are some survey results and a sampling of your emails.
■ Go-to cookbooks for basics and reliable recipes: “Betty Crocker Cookbook” was No. 1, then “Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook,” “The Joy of Cooking,” old church and local organization cookbooks, American’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, “Colorado Cache Cookbook,” “Colorado Collage” and “Crème de Colorado Cookbook” and Taste of Home cookbooks.
■ Favorite websites: Allrecipes.com was No. 1. You said it is user friendly, delicious and the comments are helpful. Next was Epicurious.com, Pinterest, Food Network, cookbook websites, food companies/producers/associations Facebook/websites.
■ Favorite chefs: The Pioneer Woman was No. 1 followed by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. Then came Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Julia Child and others.
Now for your responses.
■ From the bagel shop on Saturday: Sara was there with her husband and two small boys. They are following The Fresh 20 website (thefresh20.com) that sends a menu/grocery list for healthy fresh food plans. Sara chooses the vegetarian option and said her family is loving it and feeling great.
Stacy, who has three children, said church and community cookbooks are her favorites. They are tried and true recipes. She also follows Pinterest and The Pioneer Woman’s recipes and shows.
Tisha, who was with her friend Amy and their children said she likes Allrecipes.com, Cooking Light, Rocco DiSpirito’s healthy cookbooks.
■ Survey respondent Evelyn said she likes the “Household Searchlight Recipe Cookbook,” which was a free gift when she subscribed to a magazine. It’s handled with care, after hard use for 76 years.
■ Heidi prefers the “Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook” (1976). Now a vegan, she likes “Isa Does It: Amazingly easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week,” “Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook”, “Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World”, Lindsay Nixon’s Happy Herbivore cookbooks and others.
■ Sharon Maynes, self-proclaimed non-cook, looks to Facebook.
■ Baby boomer Carol likes her grandma’s old 1945 “The Settlement Cookbook,” 27th edition. It’s subtitled, “The way to a Man’s Heart” and Complied by Mrs. Simon Kander. She also uses “The American Woman’s Cook Book” (1938–1950).
■ Kathleen went with her mom’s newly published “Ruth’s Family Heirloom Cookbook.” Look for it at Amazon.com.
■ Holly uses “The Joy of Cooking,” “Colorado Cache Cookbook,” “Jamie’s Food Revolution” and “Jamie’s Dinners: The Essential Family Cookbook.”
■ Liz Elam of Bozeman, Mont., and a former Grand Junction resident wrote that she likes the “Colorado Cache Cookbook” and America’s Test Kitchens cookbooks and her treasured collection of recipes from over the years.
■ Laurie enjoys “The Art of Tofu,” “The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook” and their other cookbooks.
My 2014 resolution report: I resolved to try a new recipe each week. So far so good!
First week: From BettyCrocker.com, I tried the Southern Chicken-Cornbread Casserole. My husband Fred says the recipe is a keeper. Hints for if you try this recipe: Cut milk to 3/4 cup, since using 1 percent milk and light sour cream made it a bit soupy, and add diced hot chilies and fresh garlic.
Second week: At kikkomanusa.com under “home cooks,” I used the Chinese New Year recipe Sweet and Hot Shrimp Slaw. Yum! Next time I’ll add more chili garlic sauce, eliminate the baby corn, add water chestnuts and replace almonds with dry roasted peanuts.
Note: Apologies to Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ manager Janet Arsenault, whose name I misspelled in my Dec. 27 column.