Get tips from the best recipe websites online

4 Appetizing Food Blogs for Inspiration
Get tips from the best recipe websites online

Finding delicious recipes has never been easier. There are so many tasty foods and delicacies floating on the internet. Traditional cookbooks are often seasonal and may sometimes require a more complicated process. We’ll, if you’re looking for a recipe connoisseur, you’ve come to the right place.

Here is our definitive list of the best cooking inspirations we visit online.

1. Punchfork: The Ultimate Crowdsourcer
With its Instagram-like effect, the Punchfork is not just a recipe site, it is also a community. The food recipes being showcased here come from various social networking sites and food blogs. Obviously, the main inspiration you could draw from this platform is not mainly focused on food preparation, but also on food aesthetics. You’ll also get an idea how to make your dish picture-perfect.

2. Marks and Spencer
If you think that Marks and Spencer (M&S) is only known for fashionable outfits and beauty products, then, you’re wrong. Their online presence is one of the best sources for preparing scrumptious dishes for main courses, desserts, meat, fish and vegetarian. They even have ideas for no-cook snacks such as All-American Salad and sushi. The instructions on their virtual cookbook are easy-to-understand and are simply written, all indicating the number of servings, estimated to prepare and nutritional information. The images they present are also realistic and rather mouth-watering. Since M&S also have fresh flowers in stores, you can also purchase edible flowers that can be used as an ingredient such as cherry blossom, zucchini, basil, thyme and hibiscus.

3. Shiksa in the Kitchen
Unlike in other food blogs, Shiksa in the Kitchen has a resident guru named Tori Avey, who will guide you all throughout the entire cooking process. Some food preparations are embedded with YouRube videos of her while demonstrating the procedure. There are also images in each step, so you’ll be able to easily follow the recipe and achieve the desired output.

4. Meet The Dubiens
This isn’t technically a recipe website. But, for parents out there who’s looking for fun and appealing ways to keep your precious little kids on eating healthy food, Meet The Dubiens is for you. Clever mom Jill Dubbien will take you to the next level in building arts ‘n’ craft in the food you prepare. For example, a smiling ham, a turtle-assembled fruit salad or a Mickey Mouse cupcake.

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Just in case someone is still reading this…

I thought I’d share a picture or two of our beautiful daughter!IMG_2250-001


Miss Abby was born on June 1st. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was perfect from head to toe. I’m exhausted, but so happy and blessed.

Wishing you a lovely summer!

A Quick Update

I’m just checking in to

1. Own my lack of posting…slacker!

(Sorry, but between the boys, being uncomfortable, and chowing down anything I bake in huge quantities… I haven’t been baking at all!)


2. Give an update on Little Miss

(She’s growing great, kicking me like a champ, and I have about 4 weeks to go.)

As you can imagine, I probably will not be posting again for quite awhile, as I figure out the whole 3 kids thing and try to organize summer fun for the boys.

I wish you all a wonderful and amazing Spring/Summer!

Pregnancy Craving #4: Chocolate {Death by Chocolate Cupcakes}


I’ve already listed chocolate as a pregnancy craving?

Ooops.  Oh, well.

Not feeling too guilty about it, though, since it is by far the strongest craving I’m having.  Baby Girl really likes her chocolate.  (And I kinda do, too.)

I feel, though, that I truly need to officially warn you before you embark upon this recipe:

This recipe is not for the faint of heart or any chocolate novices.  You many want to consult your doctor before ingesting this amazing chocolate treat.  It is not sweet.  It is not creamy.  It is dark.  It is rich.  It cures any craving in one decadent bite.  Milk, ice cream, and/or coffee is highly recommended to pair with this dessert.

(You think I’m kidding… but I am totally serious.)

The Recipe:

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes, adapted from

1 1/8 c flour

1/4 c unsweetened cocoa

1 1/4 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

1 large egg (which I did not have and substituted 1 T white vinegar and 1 t baking soda)

1/2 c firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c + 2 T whole milk

1/3 c strong brewed coffee

1/2 c unsalted butter, melted

1/4 c + dark chocolate chips, lightly tossed in flour


1 c semi sweet chocolate chips

3/4 c heavy cream

3 T unsalted butter

extra dark chocolate chips for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cupcake molds or muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick spray.

To make the cupcakes, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, brown sugar, and white sugar.  Whisk in the milk, coffee, and melted butter.  Add the dry ingredients.  Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake molds, filling them about three-quarters full.  Drop dark chocolate chips into the batter – as many or as few as you would like.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Using a small spatula or knife, remove the cupcakes from the pan. Continue to cool on a wire rack to room temperature.

To make the frosting, melt the chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler, or in a heatproof bowl, over barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.  (I just microwaved mine in a glass bowl on high for 3-4 sets of 30 seconds, stirring between sets.)  Heat the cream until hot.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate.  Transfer to a bowl and cool to just warm.  Whisk in the butter until smooth.  Let sit until it reaches a spreading consistency, about 1 hour.  Spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes.  Sprinkle them with chocolate chips.

Makes 1 dozen cupcakes.

The Results:

These were pretty simple to make.  I’m not sure if it was my egg substitute or something else, but my cupcakes ended up being pretty flat on top, with a small collapsed indent in the middle.  Now, you would think this would be disappointing… but it just made more room for the topping.

My only issue with the topping was waiting for that whole hour for the ‘frosting’ to set.  I’m also going to clarify that this really didn’t make what I’d consider a true frosting – it’s more like a thick ganache – and I am NOT complaining.  It was heavenly.

The overall flavor knocks you off your feet with chocolate (refer to warning above).  For me, it was utter perfection and exactly what I was hoping for.  I’m pretty sure, though, it’s not for everyone…

IMG_1813The cupcakes are not as rich as the topping, but they are still amazing – and the addition of some chocolate chips thrown in the batter, adds to each bite, contrasting with the lighter texture of the cake.

So, to sum up, if you LOVE chocolate (dark chocolate, that is), this will be the recipe for you.  It will definitely take you to your happy place.

(I’ve may have gone there several times this weekend… please don’t judge.  :)  )

Pregnancy Craving #3: Tart Fruit {French Apple Cake}

I see cooking two ways; I see it both as a science and as an art.

Usually, I take the science (aka the recipe) and tweak it here and there to my own preferences (the art).  My only exception is when I use recipes from America’s Test Kitchen… mostly because they have scienced the heck out of the recipe, and I trust their results.

I saw this recipe in Hubs’ monthly magazine and was super excited to give it a try.

The Recipe:

French Apple Cake, from America’s Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated

(I didn’t adapt it at all, so I thought I’d save myself the time of retyping.  :) Just click on the recipe title to find it.)

The Results:

Since this recipe used Granny Smith’s, I was looking forward to a tart and tasty dessert.  And after spending quite a while peeling, coring, and cutting apples, I knew I deserved it.

Everything else was pretty easy – and I liked trying new techniques that had been proven to be effective.

The only thing I wished I had done better was actually read the article about the cake… instead of just drooling over the picture.  Because, well, this did not turn out exactly as I’d expected.

For some reason, I was picturing a ‘coffee cake’ like texture with bits of tart apple thrown in.  Instead, the bottom layer is quite custard-y, which is a texture that wasn’t really that satisfying.  And all the apple bits were inlaid in the custard…

The top layer was very delicious, though, and the slightly crunchy crust made me very happy.

So, I think if I was prepared for the custard/cake mix, I probably would’ve really enjoyed it.  The flavor of the apples really showed through.  As it was, though, I was a little disappointed.


I didn’t even take a fun, styled picture of a slice.  Sorry!

I do have to say, it did get eaten, so it really wasn’t bad at all, I promise.

Though, I think I just might be switching back to chocolate cravings…

Pregnancy Craving #2: Banana with Peanut Butter {Peanut Butter Banana Bread}

Ahhh, the oven is fixed!

And I’m back in business.

This week’s recipe is brought to you by my craving for anything that combines the flavors of bananas and peanut butter.  (Best brought to my mouth by simply dipping a banana into, you guessed it, peanut butter – I have my own dedicated tub for just that purpose, by the way.)

Anyhow, when I saw this recipe, I knew I needed to make it.

The Recipe:

Peanut Butter Banana Bread, adapted from Joy the Baker

3 ripe bananas

1/3 c vanilla yogurt

1/3 c crunchy peanut butter

3 T butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 t vanilla

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c whole wheat flour

1 c all-purpose flour

3/4 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

1/2 t cinnamon

1/8 t ground allspice

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.  Set aside.

In a mixer, beat bananas until light and creamy.  Add yogurt, peanut butter and melted butter. Blend in eggs, sugars, and vanilla.  Mix until no sugar lumps remain.

Add all dry ingredients, and fold together with a spatula until no more flour bits remain.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before running a butter knife along the edges of the pan and inverting the bread onto a wire rack to cool completely.

The Results:

Well, this is certainly great banana bread… but it’s not nearly as peanut buttery as I’d really hoped.  (Hubs didn’t even realize there was peanut butter in it.)

I could taste the peanut butter, myself, but it was a very subtle undertone instead of the salty burst of flavor I was looking for.  Not that this stopped me from eating it at all.  Somehow, I perservered. ;)

Anyways the texture is super moist with an almost barely crunchy crust, which delighted my senses.  And, honestly, you can never go wrong with a good banana bread regardless of what you’re craving.


So, I still recommend trying this – but if you want the pb and banana combo, I think I’d double the amount of peanut butter.  Or just spread some on top.

Happy Hump Day!

Best of Intentions…

Let’s just say that I picked out the next four or five recipes that I’d like to make…

And then our oven igniter broke.

(And of course, my choices are all baked goods.)

(And… it takes a week to get the replacement part since we have a ‘special’ oven.)

(The only good news is that this happened on Hubs’ cooking time, not mine.  So I cannot be blamed.)

But, I will be baking.


Just not this week.

Hope your kitchen adventures are going better than mine.  :)

(Oh, and if you need a pregnancy craving idea… chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with potato chips sprinkled on top, yum!!)


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