I just got a new cookbook in the mail that inspired me to share our most familiar sources with faithful followers. Most of our recipes come from the Budget Bytes blog, but we also take a lot from our Simply in Season cookbook, as well as a few other sources. I’ve included some that we only use occasionally or maybe have only shared on this blog once. I’ve also included sources that maybe we haven’t used yet, but want too or want to use more. I’m a very visual person so that’s why I wanted to share pictures of our favorite sources as well as a few details about each!
#1-Budget Bytes by Beth M
Let’s be real. This blog is probably our absolute favorite place to turn for recipes. Ever since Will discovered it, we have slowly ended up stocking our kitchen with the common ingredients Beth uses for her recipes, keeping costs down even more. As I’ve mentioned before, we’re super stoked that she’s been asked to publish a cookbook and we cannot wait to get it! Here is the link in case you’ve never clicked on it from this blog before: Budget Bytes
Like every other woman who is on Pinterest, I love the food porn that is on there. It has all the tasty things! Quite often, we find ourselves skimming my “Things to Make” page to come up with recipes to try for dinner, often introducing us to new blogs that we may return too. We especially have found lots of lunch salads that we get from Pinterest that we really enjoy. I personally love seeing the food trends come and go. Remember that time about six months ago when nobody knew what quinoa was and then it was all over Pinterest? We have now incorporated it as our top choice grain, even over our standard favorite (though technically a pasta), couscous. I’m starting to notice white beans as another new trend that we have been quick to jump on as well. So obviously, always a top choice to look at for new recipes. And don’t be fooled-men love the site just as much as women. While Will does not have his own Pinterest page, he enjoys helping me post new recipes.
#4-The Kitchn by Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy is a website Will came across while looking at stuff on his favorite website, Tiny House Blog. Oddly enough, I had a few things pinned from Apartment Therapy on my boards as well and we realized we both liked the website a lot. Will spends more time on it than me and is the one who discovered The Kitchn-the cooking section of Apartment Therapy. We have tried a couple recipes from there that were successful, so we check back fairly regularly looking for more. For example: I was just on there to get a picture of their logo and same some to-die-for looking slow cooked carnitas that had us both drooling. I would imagine we will be making something similar soon. I think what’s most fun about the site is that while it has the specialized section for cooking, it produces so many more ideas that we like and has lots of DIY projects as well. Here is the link: The Kitchn
#6-Low Fat Low Cholesterol edited by Anne Sheasby
I checked this book out from the library a couple years ago and was intrigued by the large variety of seemingly worldly recipes that use obscure ingredients. Will and I have tried several recipes from this book that we have enjoyed, but find we don’t turn to it much for the exact reason I bought it: obscure ingredients. While they sound awesome, when you need 2 tbsps of malt vinegar or 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage for only one dish and can’t really find anything else to use it in, odd ingredients lose some of their enchantment. However, I hope that when we are “real people” a little more than we currently are in our “sometimes student-sometimes adult” stage, we will turn to this book a little more for the variety it has in store.
#7-Our Own Recipe Binder
This binder mainly consists of recipes that our moms passed on to us or things that we used to enjoy at home that we requested. It contains all of our seasonal cooking recipes, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as comfort foods like potato salad and the best red beans and rice recipe known to mankind. It also is a combination of recipes from all different kinds of cookbooks as well. I went crazy one summer and adopted a technique from my mom, which is to check out library books and make copies of recipes you want to try. We sometimes forget we have this on hand and really try to remember to reference it for more than just “staple” recipes for holidays or baking purposes (it’s my largest resource) because it has a HUGE variety of recipes that we found appetizing at one point or another.
#9-Crockpot 5 Ingredients or Less by Crockpot
This is a cookbook my mom got me when I first started sucking up the fact that I would have to cook. Will and I had just gotten a crockpot and he was in love with it, so that’s why I think my mother tried to encourage me to use it too. Plus using five ingredients isn’t so hard, is it? I’ve only referenced it a couple of times, but as this semester shapes up to be pretty busy, I’m starting to think we will need a few more cook-in-the-crockpot-all-day recipes than what we have had the luxury of making over the summer. And the other reason I maybe don’t turn to it too often? I’m actually confident enough to make multiple things with lots of ingredients on the stovetop, unlike before.
I finally grew up and subscribed to a big girl magazine. Even though Real Simple is somewhat directed more for families, you can only pass the pictures of the foods on front so many times at the grocery store before finally giving in and picking up a copy. Luckily when I did, I got to chose a cute little pamphlet to come with my first issue and I chose the “Quick & Easy Meals” pamphlet. While some of the recipes in there call for more expensive foods (like a halibut recipe we wanted to try once until we saw the price of halibut and settled for cod), but we have also uncovered some simpler recipes. Our skillet potatoes recipe is from this little pamphlet and for that recipe alone, subscribing when I did was worth it. The magazine has plenty of delicious looking recipes that we tear out too, although they usually get shoved in our recipe binder, never to be seen again! Whoops!
#11-1 Stock, 100 Soups by Linda Doeser
Will got this book as an impulse buy at World Market one time. While I personally have never been a big fan of soups, Will was fascinated with them when this book came into our lives. Last winter, we enjoyed several good soups from here and we’re actually about to make one out of here again this week (stay tuned). A lot of times Will will make up soup recipes based on what kind of random foods we have in our fridge, left over from meals past. However, when he remembers to look in here, he often finds that a lot of what he has on hand is already combined in a recipe in this book, and that he only needs one or two more ingredients to give his recipe some pizazz.
#13-The Food of Morocco, A Journey for Food Lovers by Whitecap
Will’s mom got him this book after he studied abroad in Morocco to help him be able to create recipes at home that he had experienced while abroad. Many of the recipes are fairly involved, but Will has called upon the tagine recipes before, especially for Middle Eastern ensemble parties in the past. Our most frequently used recipe would have to be the mint tea recipe in this book, the most authentic to what Will had while in Morocco. In our big future kitchen with our endless amounts of time to cook for parties of people who want Moroccan food, we will use it more often. In the meantime though, we will have to settle for occasionally calling upon this book.