My Top 10 Favorite Recipe Resources

dobos torte

I admit it, I love cookbooks and cooking blogs. I follow over 50 blogs in my Google RSS reader, I own around 15 cook books and I have a list of more I’d like to get. Here are a few of my favorite food blogs and cookbooks.

Annie’s Eats
Our favorite recipe from Annie’s Eats is the tortilla and black bean pie, which we make often and it’s super easy and very delicious. We’ve also made the Oreo cheesecake bars which were very good too. Annie has a lot of recipes that I want to try, including the caramel apple cinnamon rolls and the jalapeno popper dip.

Two Peas and Their Pod
We’ve made the black bean and sweet potato soup from Two Peas and Their Pod too many times to count! Recently we tried their recipe for soft pretzel bites and they turned out great. I’d love to try their recipe for baked zucchini fries next summer when we’re up to our ears in squash!

My Baking Addiction
The chewy lime sugar cookies from My Baking Addiction are amazing and they freeze beautifully! We just popped them in the toaster oven for a quick warm-up and they tasted like they were fresh baked. The spiced zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting is another recipe to make, but I don’t have to wait until next summer as we have POUNDS of frozen shredded zucchini to use up. And I can’t wait to try this recipe for apple cinnamon cheesecake, it looks wonderful.

smitten kitchen
smitten kitchen is the queen of food blogs, almost everything that Deb makes, I want to make too! I’ve tried her whole wheat apple muffins, thick, chewy granola bars (these freeze great!), and Gramercy Tavern’s gingerbread bundt cake and all were fabulous! I’d like to try her recipe for chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes, as they’d be right up Dave’s alley! I can’t wait for the smitten kitchen cookbook to come out.

Tasty Kitchen
I have tried a lot of recipes from Tasty Kitchen: quinoa burgers, broccoli cheddar soup, lentil-ricotta “meatballs,” edamame dip, caramelized onion dip, and macaroni “crackaroni” salad (the dressing is great for chicken salad too). And there are still a lot of recipes I’d like to try, including the mini vegetable frittatas and layered black bean dip.

Martha Stewart’s Cookies
Even if you don’t make a single recipe from this book, it’s a great book to have because it’s just so darn beautiful and fun to look at. The table of contents is sorted by cookie texture and includes a photo of every cookie! In addition, there is a photo of each cookie next to its recipe. It’s a lot of fun to pick out recipes to try when you can see what your end product will look like. Out of the recipes I’ve tried so far, my favorite are grammy’s chocolate cookies. This year for Thanksgiving, I’m trying the cranberry shortbread and the brown butter blondies with toffee.

Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook
Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook will help you tackle more elaborate recipes that you may be hesitant to try. By far the most complicated thing I’ve ever baked came from this book: a Dobos torte (pictured above). A Dobos torte is a Hungarian cake made up of NINE layers of cake. Dave and I made it for my sister, Megan’s, birthday last year. It was even more special as Megan always shared her birthday celebration with our grandma (who was Hungarian) and last year was the first year we had to celebrate without her.

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
99% of the canning we’ve done has been with recipes from this book. Our favorites include: bumbleberry jam (a mix of strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry), simple tomato sauce, and apple butter. We’re trying to branch out more with our canning, I have a few new canning books and follow a couple canning blogs, but I think the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving will always be our go to canning book.

I’m Just Here for More Food: Food x Mixing + Heat = Baking
Good Eats and Alton Brown are favorites with Dave and I. We watch the show regularly and own 4 of Alton’s books. Our favorite recipe from I’m Just Here for More Food is definitely the pancake recipe. Dave is a huge pancake fan and if this recipe gets his approval then you know it’s good!

Mini Bar: A Little Book of Big Drinks Series
(Tequila, Whiskey, Vodka, and Rum)
We own four out of five of these little books (we’re not gin fans) and they are quite handy and don’t take up much space. Are favorites are the recipes for Moscow Mules and Pink Lemonade, both found in the vodka book.

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