5 Cooking Sites to Educate, Entertain, and Tempt Your Tastebuds

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Are you looking for easy, affordable dinners that can be interspersed with caregiving duties? I know the feeling well. This week I decided to see what recipes were out there for cooking a roast and in the process, discovered some interesting new cooking sites along with a variety of recipes. I thought I’d share some of them with you.

Corduroyorange.com http://corduroyorange.com/ – is, to quote the author, “The Only Food Blog Written by Jesse Sharrard. Jesse Sharrard is a classically trained chef with an English degree—unless he’s a literary scholar with a culinary arts degree; you decide.” Being an avid reader as well as an avid blogger, and in need of some cooking guidance, this definitely caught my eye. At the point I found this site, I was specifically looking for help in how to Julienne onions, and he had that info for me, complete with pictures. http://corduroyorange.com/?p=31 I enjoyed spending time reading his site. There is a lot of humor mixed in with some great information. I didn’t find a roast recipe, but enjoyed the great “taco debate” at http://budurl.com/CorduroyOrangeTacos . My personal favorite for tacos is corn tortillas,  filled with shredded beef or ground beef, followed by lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and finally the salsa on top.

Continuing with my hunt for a good roast recipe, I discovered Simply Recipes http://budurl.com/SimplyRecipesRoast . There I found a delicious Tri-Tip Roast recipe (my favorite cut of meat for both roast or steak). Marinated Tri-Tip Roast with Mushrooms and Garlic! Sounds delicious and doesn’t look too hard. Simply Recipes has a variety of recipes on their site. They also go the extra step we caregivers appreciate, and offer an email option so you can have new recipes sent to your email regularly. “Simply Recipes was noted in Time Magazine’s 50 Coolest Websites of 2006 as being a ‘great resource for cooks’” and I have to agree that it is, indeed, an excellent resource.

Returning to my quest, I arrived at Cooks Recipes http://budurl.com/CooksRecipesRoast . Since I love rosemary, this is another recipe I bookmarked. It looks pretty easy and low maintenance – two more of my favorite cooking requirements.

As easy as these all were, I wanted something with even less work required for this particularly busy day. Ah ha, a crockpot recipe might be the thing. I then discovered About.Com’s Southern Food website where I found an old favorite, Crock Pot Roast with Onion Soup Mix. http://budurl.com/SouthernFoodCPRoast . It’s an easy-to-make recipe that you can start in the morning, leave cooking all day, and enjoy whenever you want to eat in the evening. This is especially nice if you have the grandchildren all day. My only concern with this recipe is the high salt content in the onion soup mix. I did use the low salt/low fat Cream of Mushroom soup, but for those of us who like to eat healthier or who have elderly parents with high blood pressure, this still wasn’t a great option in spite of its ease.

There is a good solution for that at my last site for today. Low Sodium Cooking http://budurl.com/LowSodiumOnionSoup has a recipe for a low sodium home-made onion soup mix and it’s quick and easy to make as well. I didn’t get to try it today but it’s on my list to try later this month and I’ll let you know how it tastes. In the meantime, if you give it a try, let us know how you liked it.