When people find out I (Helen) plan eleven meals a week for 20+ people, they often ask where I get my recipes. My typical answer is “google” or “pinterest,” and while that’s certainly true, I do find myself heading to some of the same sites and recipe books over and over. The following are a few of my favorite recipe resources, in no particular order; I hope you’ll check them out!
- foodwishes.blogspot.ca. Considering the number of times I’ve referenced this site in my “Recipe of the Week” series, it should come as no surprise that this is a go-to for me! Chef John creates entertaining videos demonstrating his tried and tested recipes; his chicken tikka masala is a firm favorite.
- ohsheglows.com. Don’t tell anyone, but this is a vegan cooking website! While I don’t believe meat has to be present in every meal, I know my opinion isn’t necessarily universally accepted (especially in Alberta!). Nevertheless, I like to include a few vegetarian and even vegan meals throughout the week, for health and budgetary reasons. I also have blogger Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows cookbook, which I use often, though mainly for personal cooking. In addition to being a great resource for vegan recipes, many of the recipes on the blog and in the cookbook, are gluten-free. Some fave recipes from ohsheglows.com include the black bean and butternut squash burritos and the vegan tortilla soup.
- damndelicious.net. I hesitated to include this one because of the name, but it really is a great resource for recipes, and I use this site often for Asian-inspired meals. I found this site via Pinterest, and the Thai peanut beef recipe has proven to be a winner around here. I also really enjoy the one-pan Mexican quinoa recipe.
- smittenkitchen.com. This blog has been around for 8+ years, and with good reason: every recipe I’ve tried from this site has been a winner. While I’ve mostly experimented with Smitten Kitchen’s sweet recipes, the soft pretzels recipes is such a favorite amongst our friends, I’m making them as an appetizer for a wedding I’m catering this summer!
- bbcgoodfood.com. Okay, I mostly use the BBC’s cooking sites for Mary Berry’s baking recipes, as seen on the Great British Bake Off (with which I am more than slightly obsessed), but this site has all sorts of great recipes, sweet and savory. This week I’ll be trying a Thai green chicken curry recipe from BBC Good Food; hopefully this curry will turn out as well as Mary Berry’s chocolate fondant tart, or her Bakewell tart!
These are just a few of my go-to resources. Others include Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist, Elizabeth Gordon’s allergy-free focused cookbooks, allrecipes.com, and of course, Pinterest. You can follow my “Feeding the Masses” board on Pinterest to see what recipes I’m trying! Bon appétit!