A Review: The Recipe Websites

So due to time constraints, the second half of my blog for this semester has been predominantly recipes and why I want to do them.  I started with getting all my information from AllRecipes.com.  Let me tell you why it is great.

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AllRecipes.com (AR) is a great way for someone who cooks for fun.  I originally found this site years ago when trying out recipes when I first started cooking.  I wasn’t serious about cooking at the time and it was something I could leave and come back to whenever I needed to.  After years of using it, I get the impression that is not that urgent that meals are super fancy.  AR takes recipes submitted by users and makes them easy to share with other users in a friendly online community.  Meals are not overcomplicated and make cooking approachable for people who have not grown up cooking meals for themselves often.

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The second website I used was Epicurious.  I originally found it while downloading random applications for my iPhone and iPad.  This one seemed a little more high end when it came to cooking and upon reading recipes, it confirmed my suspicion.  Epicurious seemed like it tended to focus on the finer details of cooking.  People who use the site are by no means sous chefs, but they do have a passion for the finer details.  This is reflected not only in the descriptions and lists of recipes, but in the presentation of the website as well.  The impression I get with Epicurious is that it is for people who have a greater passion for cooking rather than the casual cook.

I personally will probably use Epicurious more often than not in the future.  This isn’t to say that AllRecipes won’t be in my cooking repertoire, but rather, I would like to focus on the finer details in my cooking, and use the recipes I find on AllRecipes.com as a supplement to my passion.


I like tacos and burritos…mostly tacos.

I guess you have to give Dean Lombardi credit for being able to develop players.  I mean I haven’t seen many players out of San Jose who are superstars.  Probably the two strongest ones in the organization that Doug Wilson drafted are Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.  Marleau was drafted by Lombardi but I can’t say that was a good choice considering the long term results.  Doug Wilson is good at getting star players from other teams and keeping them though.  Case in point: Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.  Thornton even took a pay cut to stay here.  I guess it is debatable as to which skill is more valuable.

Yet another recipe from Epicurious!

Black Bean Tacos with Corn Salsa

Barbacoa Tacos — “Three corn tortillas f...

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If horses gallop, do seahorses scallop?

Seriously, the biggest insult is that the Kings will be going to the Stanley Cup Finals in a year where they barley had any business being in the playoffs in the first place.  For the past three years, the Sharks were expected to get far in the playoffs.  I’ll give them some credit: they made it to the Western Conference Finals for the second and third times in three seasons.  And despite this, the Sharks haven’t even been to the Stanley Cup Finals.  We will be the only Californian team who hasn’t been there.  This wouldn’t be so bad if Dean Lombardi just lived up to his reputation and continued to make terrible moves.

So I’ve been finding the recipes on AllRecipes to be getting boring.  So time for a new site: Epicurious!  It seems a little more high end.  This seemed to be confirmed by the recipe I decided to go over:

Scallops with Spice Oil

Chef's Surprise: Sea Scallops

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