I’ve shared before that I’m not one to make up new recipes. The best I can do is take parts of existing recipes and create something newish. Since I try at least 3 new recipes every week, I have to have quite a few resources for finding new recipes. These six are my favorites:
1. You know those 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 cookbooks you see at the checkout? Usually they’re published by Betty Crocker, Pillsbury or Taste of Home and they have a theme (appetizers, crock pot, sandwiches, etc.)? I LOVE those! I’ve purchased a lot of those over the years and they’re all in my recipe cabinet. The cookbook on the top – with the missing cover – is a collection of cookie recipes and you can tell I’ve used it a lot!!!
2. My tried and true Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that I’ve had at least 30 years. It includes a lot of classics. But I use it the most for the reference information on the inside covers:
3. Charity Cookbooks. Charity cookbooks created for fund raising purposes always have a lot of really awesome recipes – usually tried and true! I have one that I especially love. It’s the biggest charity cookbook I’ve ever seen and it has anything and everything you would ever want. You can tell I’ve used it a lot, too.
4. Magazines. My three favorites are Food Network, Paula Deen and Taste of Home. I only discovered Paula Deen’s magazine about a year ago. Despite all the bad press about her recipes, I’ve found them to be great. There are certainly some that are high in fat but that’s true of all recipe magazines. The only thing I’ve noticed that’s a problem for us is that Paula uses a lot of cayenne pepper and black pepper. We don’t like things hot so I usually have to seriously reduce the amounts of pepper. But other than that, we love her recipes.
5. More With Less Cookbook. This cookbook is really old and features recipes made with economical ingredients. I’ve made some of them but I really like the specialty recipes, like the one below:
6. And my very favorite source of new recipes – my mother-in-law, Phyllis Gardner. When I was first learning to cook, I got new recipes from my mother-in-law ALL the time! She’s a great cook and she’s been more than generous in sharing her recipes with me every time I ask – and I ask a LOT!
You might have noticed that one very large source of recipes is missing – the internet. That’s right. I do get recipes from the internet but not very often. Since I’m making new recipes to share on the blog, I want recipes that everyone hasn’t already made. If I choose a recipe from Pinterest that’s been repinned 5,000 times, chances are everybody already knows about it. So I look for recipes that might have been overlooked, never seen before or forgotten about.
Now, here’s where my recipe collection lives:
I have a large cabinet at the end of my kitchen where I keep my recipe books (and other things). In the bottom slot are my books. I have the Better Homes & Garden Cookbook at the front for easy access. My notebook of recipes is behind that and then comes the books I use the most. On the shelf above are some of my favorite magazines that I refer to again and again.
In another section of the cabinet is where I store my recipe card box. I don’t put recipes on cards as much as I used to, but I still have a lot of them that I use over and over. The box used to be out on the counter (my preference) but since we’ve been trying to sell the house, it’s been put away. I still have easy access – just not as easy as when it was on the counter.
So that’s where I get my recipes. Where do you get yours – besides Homemakersdaily, of course?!