Meal making

Entertain at home with new ideas for your menus and techniques

Has cooking always seemed like a chore?  Or, have you always loved to cook but now find your self bored and cooking the same meals over and over again?  Get revved up to get back in the kitchen with this variety of cooking inspirations and innovations.

Cook’s Illustrated online

I have always liked the Cook’s Illustrated monthly magazine. Recently I subscribed to the Cook’s Illustrated website. I love it.  I can search for recipes and access information on kitchen tools, cooking techniques, and reviews from 20+years of Cook’s Illustrated.  I wish that I had found this before the holidays.  I would have given digital access to my daughters as a present.  $4.17/month for the very good basic website subscription, $4.99 for access and magazine for even more information.  The print subscription to Cook’s Illustrated is $4.99/month.  You need to decide how important the feel of the paper magazine is to you (and how many trees you want to save). They have great gift options, too.

Chef’s Table on Netflix debuted in 2015.

This new show gives viewers an inside perspective on the lives of six famous international chefs.  You will understand how they think about cooking and be inspired by their passion and creativity.

magnus-nilsson, cooking innovationsMagnus Nilsson and his restaurant, Faviken in Sweden

Massimo Bottura with his restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy

Niki Nakayama with her L.A. restaurant n/naka,

Ben Shewry his restaurant Attica in Australia,

Francis Mallmann prestigious French culinary background with traditional Patagonian fire and earth cooking method in Argentina,

Dan Barber with Blue hill at Stone Barn in Westchester County, a leader in the farm to table movement.

Michael Pollan, bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma has made a documentary series for Netflix called Cooked.  He connects us to where food comes from and celebrates the personal act of cooking for family and friends.  For more information click here.  Or, go to Netflix.  Series One began in February.  There are four episodes of about 50 minutes each called: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.

You know how we love apps.  There are some fantastic cooking apps out there that will help you expand your cooking repertoire or put you into training for the Chopped cooking contest show.

Allrecipes has a new and improved version called Allrecipes Dinner Spinner. It has over 50,000 recipes and a community of 30 million home cooks. You are able to save the recipes you try and love and you can share those same recipes through the app’s social networking function.  The app is free and available for both iOS and Android.

All The Cooks Recipes app is where home cooks everywhere have created a cooking community.  Home cooks use the app to find new recipes, try new things, trade cooking tips and share pictures and videos of their latest culinary creations. Cooks are encouraged to share the origins of their recipes, link to the site or book they found it in and mention any changes they made to the recipe.  There is also a ‘backward solve’ option where you tell the app what ingredients you have on hand and it will tell you what you can cook with them. The app is free and available for Windows only.

The Food Network’s Kitchen app has thousands of recipes from all of your favorite Food Network shows.  Search by chef, cuisine, course, food type and other options.  Each recipe comes with a video tutorial and difficulty level. There is a unit converter to adjust volume or weight in the recipe. It is easy to share recipes with friends and family, or to make helpful comments about the recipe.

The app is free and available for both iOS and Android.




Here are some of our go-to recipe websites;

So many recipes, so little time.

favorite recipe websites

Written by Nancy & Ginny