Cooking on the Web

Cook Books are Great but don’t forget these food websites and blogs!

Some of the websites and blog creators have written cookbooks which you can find on the library shelves. In most sites you can create an account where you can save your favorite recipes and create a shopping list. The number of blogs and websites can be overwhelming.  During a recent Friday Chat at the Amelia Branch we talked about some of the popular sites.  Here are just a few:

All Recipes

Search the website or sign up for a free account where you can save your favorite recipes, create and save shopping lists and get cooking questions answered.  You can search this site by dishes, meals, ingredients and lifestyle.  Most recipes include a photo with the capability to change the recipe to reflect the number of servings you need.  Nutritional information is also included at the bottom of the recipe.  All Recipes can also be viewed by video on YouTube.

Many of the big food companies have a website with recipes that can be made with their products.

Steamy Kitchen

The Steamy Kitchen is both a blog and website created by professional recipe developer, Jaden Hair. She specializes in fast, fresh and easy recipes.  She is also the author of the Steamy Kitchen: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough For Tonight’s Dinner.  You can search the site by category, holiday, and ingredient.  The instructions are accompanied by large, clear and appealing photos.  She also adds other related recipes you might like.  For fun I made the Steak with Orange Miso Sauce.  My grocery store does not sell the Miso product that was called for so I did a quick google search for a substitute.  My google research suggested using 1 teaspoon of soy sauce for each Tablespoon of Miso which worked well.  The recipe was simple to make and delicious.  With a little foresight and a trip to the Asian store I will  make it again.

Orange Miso Steak Recipe

Servings: serves 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

From The Steamy Kitchen blog

Pan seared steak with a simple pan sauce made with fresh orange juice and miso.


2 ribeye steaks, bone-in, 1-inch thick
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt

¾ cup beef stock
2 tablespoons Miso and Easy (substitute 1 tablespoon red miso paste)
1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
juice of half an orange


1) Let steak rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Rub both sides of each steak with cooking oil and season with salt.
2) Heat an oven-safe pan (cast iron preferred) over high heat. When very hot, add steaks to the pan and let cook until browned, 3-5 minutes. Flip steaks and cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a clean plate.
3) Reduce heat to medium-low then add beef stock, Miso and Easy, mirin and sesame oil, cook 1 minute. Add orange juice then add the steaks back to the pan and cook until desired doneness. Test doneness with a meat thermometer:
135F = rare
145F = medium rare
160F = medium
170F = well-done
4) Serve steak with pan sauce drizzled on top.


Smitten Kitchen

Rated best blog in 2011.  Created by freelance writer and serious foodie Deb Perelman who does her cooking in her small New York City Kitchen.  She calls her recipes “comfort foods stepped up a bit”  Each recipe has step by step instructions with photos.  I made the recipe “Buttermilk Roast Chicken”. The directions were easy to follow and the chicken was moist and tender.

Tasty Kitchen

The Tasty Kitchen is a blog and website with a link to The Pioneer Woman who has her own blog and Food Network TV show.  The site is relatively free of ads.  The recipe photos are clear, up close, and colorful.

If you like to bake check out these blogs:

Annie’s Eats

The creator of this blog is a physician by day and a baker by night.  While there are several ads on the right side of the page this site is easy to search by category, or title.  There is also a Blog roll which links to other blogs.

Food Librarian

Librarian by day and baker by night the creator of this blog writes about her progress in learning to bake from scratch.  Her recipes are a work in progress categorized by type of baked good.  If a recipe is not listed a citation to the cookbook or link to the website is listed.  A unique feature of this blog is the jello page with everything you want to know about jello with recipes.


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