A Note on Recipes

You’ll notice that the menus listed here don’t contain a recipe for every dish. I’m not a recipe developer. The Internet already has plenty of recipes floating about – for my contribution I think it’s more useful to put together menus that help organize that big universe of possible recipes. I’ll mention relevant changes I made to basic recipes. Otherwise, I anticipate people can quickly track down recipes for the dishes listed.

If you don’t have your own go-to sources, here are some ideas for finding recipes to match your vision for a meal:

Try MillionShort.com – this search engine lets you knock out the most popular websites (I recommend setting it on the highest filter) and will bring you to personal blogs with individuals’ favorites. A note of caution: If you are not a confident cook, don’t use this approach, the drawback of amateur blogs is that you’ll have to be on the lookout for typos, unclear instructions, and squishy measurements.

If you aren’t confident in vetting recipes on your own, the Splendid Table gives a checklist for knowing if an online recipe is reliable here.

You really can’t beat America’s Test Kitchen as a reference. Some info (like their podcast) is free, some requires subscriptions.

There are also a few books I always go back to for information: Cook’s Country Cookbook (from America’s Test Kitchen), King Arthur Flour’s 250th Anniversary Cookbook, Vegetarian Planet, How To Cook Everything, and Andrea Chesman’s books which are simple and sometimes simple is best!

And I don’t care what you think of Martha Stewart, goodness knows I will never create a “tablescape”, but I do love her recipes. That’s my kind of tasteful.