Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday's Super Site

This weekend is all about food. (Okay, every weekend is about food, but I'm working on that aspect of my life.) Since tomorrow and Monday are basically holidays for me, I thought I would do a little baking and maybe a little gourmet creation here and there.

Which brings me around to this week's Super Site. I love to cook, and I love to try new recipes, which makes a necessity for me. They have everything from soup to nuts - literally.

I especially love the site when I have one ingredient and want to do something new with it. Like the last time pork roast was on sale. I know how to deal with pork roast, but I wanted something different. What I found was 173 different recipes when searching for 'pork roast', and between several different ideas, I ended up with a lovely meal.

That's another of the wonders of - you can play with the ingredients. Some of the commenters even help you with that, by leaving suggested substitutions in their comments. That's how I took a so-so peanut butter fudge recipe and made it WOW.

Hell, you can even play with the amount you want to make. Found a recipe that serves four, but you've got dinner for six fast approaching? Just change the serving # and it recalculates all the ingredients for you.

Ever have leftovers you don't know what to do with? Try typing it into the search box. A search for leftover chicken gave me 230 meals to chose from. Don't know what sounds good for breakfast? Browse through theirBreakfast and Brunch recipes.

All in all, a worthwhile site if you're looking for some good cooking ideas. I do have one caveat, though. Cook at your own risk. A couple of times, I followed the recipe I found at AllRecipes to the letter, but the result wasn't satisfactory. (The last was a 'easy pancake' recipe I found several years ago, and it was gross, but I wasn't half the cook then that I am now, so it might've been my fault.) Nowadays, I make sure I read the comments, and if several people say the same thing, I usually pass on to the next recipe.

As always, your mileage may vary.

BTW, today's I'm baking a creation of my own I'm calling Strawberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Crust. We'll see how it turns out, and if it's any good, I'll try to write the recipe down for you. (If I can remember what all I put in there. Sometimes I cook by taste rather than by measure.)