April 19, 2013

Where Do You Get Your Recipes From? ~ A Heart for Cooking

So glad you have continued to join us for a month dedicated to cooking!

What have you been cookin' up today? Did you make a meal from scratch or did you use a recipe book? Maybe you've made a particular dish so many times that you don't even need to reach for that book anymore. ;) But just in case you need some "new" ideas, I'd like to share with you some favorite recipe books my mom and I use along with a few websites that have been helpful in our kitchen adventure.

The Homestead Blessings Cookbook: Home Cooking with The West Ladies
This is such a sweet recipe book made by Vicki West and her three daughters. Their love for the Lord and serving others is shown throughout this spiral bound book. They homestead in Tennessee where they live out their passion of growing their own food. So these recipes are either traditional family recipes or a collaboration of their friend's favorite recipes. I think you would be blessed to own this beautiful recipe book!

The New Best Recipe
What a great resource this one is! If you are a new cook or would need to know just the right way to make a juicy holiday turkey, this recipe book takes you through a detailed explanation as to how to accomplish whatever it is you would like to make. I especially like how they have step-by-step pictures.

Nourishing Traditions
Sally Fallon takes you back to the basics of nutrition and how our ancestors used to eat. She does a great job in explaining what fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are, and how they benefit our body. If you aren't familiar with fermented foods or what the importance of sprouting grains is, this book would be very helpful! Ms. Fallon provides recipes for main dishes, luncheon and supper foods, grains and legumes, snacks, desserts, and even beverages. It's a big book, so she covers LOTS of material. Our family has really enjoyed her recipes for roasting/dehydrating fruits and nuts. :)

Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They'll Never Believe It's Gluten-Free
This one is by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and, as you may gather from the title, it contains all gluten-free recipes (you're so smart :))! To be honest, if I want to make a gluten-free dessert, this is the recipe book I would turn to, but she offers recipes for breakfast, main meals, and appetizers as well. If you are suffering from celiac disease,  it may be very helpful for you. Elisabeth does a great job explaining many, if not all, gluten-free flours that are typically used to help make up your own recipes!

Betty Crocker Cookbook New Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today
I really like this recipe book (and should really spend more time in it) because it contains a lot of the basics to cooking. For example, facts about food thermometers, how to properly set a table or buffet table, menu planning, a chart for the amount of food for a crowd, emergency substitutions, a chart about picking apples and what kinds are good for certain desserts, grilling basics, etc. That doesn't even scratch the surface...this is a very informative book and a great place to find a recipe for any time of the day.


Some websites that may be helpful, or just plain fun to explore, are listed below:

Brie and Vanilla: A Food Blog
All Recipes
Simply Vintage Girl
Gluten Free Mommy


Lately, I've been intrigued to try lots of gluten-free recipes and, thankfully, it's been a really fun, life-changing experience! It's amazing the creativity others have used to put together these recipes and how the simplest ingredients can make a great dish. :) Please check out the handy "Recipe Swap" tab above that Chelsea has made for us to share our favorite, yummy recipes with you.

Thank you for stopping by today my fellow cooks and friends. :)

Praying you enjoy this day that the Lord has made, for His grace is sufficient.~

Only because of Jesus,

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