You know when you Google for a recipe and about half a million hits come up with all kinds of ideas? How do you know which to choose? Sites like Allrecipes.com and Cooks.com allow users to upload their own recipes. This makes me think of a potluck where you don’t necessarily know all of the people/their cooking habits/the cleanliness of their kitchens/what kinds of ingredients they’d use. Can you really trust these kinds of recipes? I usually trust Foodnetwork.com or Epicurious.com, since they’re compiled by chefs and the like, but often these recipes include little bits of weird ingredients and I don’t want to have to go out to buy a $8 jar of spice/herbs/magic ingredient just to use a quarter teaspoon. So then I end up substituting ingredients and I can never be 100% sure what the original recipe would’ve really tasted like. That, and I rarely think to record my adjustments, so next time the recipe won’t be the same. And I know, you’re saying, “Be more organized! Write crap down! Use that adorable cook’s journal that your sweet Grammie gave you for Christmas two years ago that is perfect for these exact scenarios!” Are you kidding? If I remember to bring my cellphone, wallet and office key card with me to work five days a week, then I think I deserve an award.
So my question is this, which websites do you trust for dependable recipes?