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How to Find Great Recipes Online

Stuck in a Cooking Rut? Head for the Internet!

At a certain point, everybody needs to shake things up a little—and cooking is no exception! When you find yourself falling into a pattern of Tuesday night meatloaf and Wednesday night spaghetti, it’s time to head for the Internet and start looking for new recipes that’ll put flavor back into the kitchen.

Here are some of the best places for seniors to check out online recipes, as well as what to look for:

Online Recipe Databases: There are several large recipe collections on the web. Most of these are built with user generated content; which means people like you submit recipes to the site, where they eventually become listed.

This is great because it means there’s a wide variety of recipes to be found. However, sometimes this also means that quality isn’t always what it should be. To figure out whether a recipe from an online database is any good, start by looking at the comments.

Other cooks are often quick to share how a recipe turns out and whether it might need tweaking.
So if the comments on a particular recipe contain rave reviews, chances are you’re going to enjoy some fine dining. But if they say that this supposedly fabulous dish has a tendency to explode in the oven, it may be best to keep looking!

Cooking Blogs: More and more amateur chefs are making their mark online with cooking blogs. Often lushly photographed, the largest of these blogs can have hundreds of delicious potential recipes.

Because there are so many cooking blogs around, there’s one for just about every taste. Do you love Ethiopian cuisine, or are Finnish pastries your secret delight? Whatever food you love, chances are there’s a cooking blog out there that showcases it.

If you think you might smell a great cooking blog, the first thing you should do is check out its photos and see how many people are following it. Photos don’t lie, and bad recipes often simply won’t look tasty. In addition, great cooks tend to build followings fast—so if the blog you’re checking out has been around for five years and only has three readers, you may want to be a little skeptical.

Cook Book and Magazine Websites: Several notable cookbooks, magazines, and lifestyle organizations maintain sections of their websites dedicated to cooking. These recipes have the advantage of going through a formal publication process, making them relatively unlikely to fail.

The only downside is that recipes on established websites like these rarely take the crazy risks (or reap the tasty rewards) that you’ll find with experimental cooks around the Internet. So if you’re looking for something completely different, you may be a little disappointed.

Online recipes are all about experimenting, so don’t be discouraged if things don’t work out the first time or a recipe requires some tweaking. Sooner or later, you’re bound to hit on new foods you’ll love!