I have always had an interest in baking and have recently started cooking more. When baking you are dealing with recipes that are really formulas. Change the wrong ingredient and it's a disaster, the cake won't rise or it blows up. There is no such restriction in cooking, you are free to change, delete, or add ingredients pretty much at will. A recipe is shared or handed down because the combination of flavors works well.
When I was taking care of my ill mother I started watching the cooking shows on Food TV ( http://www.foodtv.com ). It is amazing how much you can learn by watching others cook. A recipe may call for a technique you are not familiar with. Watching someone else use the technique on TV really helps out.
Below are some of my favorite recipes. Some are from my mom, some from Food TV, or magazines. Click on the recipe name and you will go to a page suitable for printing. I will be adding more recipes so check back. Enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee: This is a
REAL WINNER. It is easy and needs to be prepared the day before, which is a blessing when
giving a dinner party.
Miniature Cheddar Cheese Souffles: Very
popular, I used these as appetizers
Cooking shows I enjoy
Good Eats with Alton Brown: Alton Brown brings an unusual perspective to the cooking show. He concentrates on the simple 'everyday' dishes and foods most of us have enjoyed since childhood. He also gives some culinary history and why certain techniques work and others don't. My favorite episodes covered 'Chocolate', 'Making the perfect cup of coffee' (most people use too little coffee which causes it to be bitter), 'Onion soup' (It is said the first bowl of French Onion Soup only used onions and champagne). Good Eats in on Food TV. One of his fans maintains a site with all the recipes at: http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/
Emeril Live: BAM! and KICK IT UP A NOTCH! are Emeril's trademarks. No one has as much fun cooking or gets the audience excited as Emeril. Lots of good techniques and recipes. Food TV
Cooking related web sites by primary topic
Food TV. One of my favorite sites. Information
about the shows, recipes, and forums make this a wealth of information
Cooking equipement and special foods
Aside from offering a convenient way to buy products that may be hard to get in your area, many of these sites also have recipes.
Those with a * are sites I have purchase from. I suggest checking several sites before buying. Some will have specials. Also the sets of cookware from a manufacturer are not always the same. Many have e-mail newsletters that include specials and recipes
Williams-Sonoma This brick and
mortar and catalog store has branched out into the virtual world.*