Getting New Recipe Ideas

In my quest to try at least one new recipe a week, I’m always on the lookout for recommendations and twists on various dishes. Magazines are one of my favorite places to find recipes, mostly because they include photos and you can rip them out (which I don't feel comfortable doing with cookbooks!).

When I got to go back to my beloved Buckeye State for a short visit recently, my mom gave me her most recent magazines to go take with me and page through. Armed with half a dozen new magazines to feast on for ideas (old Rachael Ray’s and ReadyMade’s), here are some of the recipes I’m holding on to and looking forward to trying, sooner rather than later:

From Everyday with Rachael Ray (May 2010 issue)
Pesto Barley with Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes
Tortilla Bread Pudding
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Tex Mex Brown Rice Chili
Banana-Lemon Pudding Cake

From ReadyMade (April/May 2010 issue)
Making Your Own Pasta
Making Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar
Making Your Own Sausage

What are some of your favorite magazines for finding new recipes?

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  1. I love readymade! I've wanted to subscribe for years, but never did. I just signed up for a free 6 months a couple weeks ago, but haven't got my first one yet- I can't wait!

    Also, I meant to tell you before your new design is great! Seriously, totally clean and organized and pleasing to the eye. Love it. Question: How do you get rid of that stupid gray lined box blogger puts around where the header is supposed to be?

  2. I used to be addicted to buying magazines for the recipes. But now I'm on a budget so I try to get all my recipes online for free. My favorite place for new recipes is It is a food blog by two different women and every recipe I've had off of it has been awesome!

  3. @ Jessica - Thanks for the compliments on the design. I realized it's been about 9 months since I touched the thing and needed some change. I'll email you some ideas for getting rid of the gray box. I think it should be really easy!!

  4. @ Jennifer - Oh, that's a new site for me so I'm excited to try it out. I love finding recipes online, too! Fortunately the mags I get are almost always freebies passed along from fam and friends or that I'll buy with my Swagbucks on Amazon!

  5. Carmen - my husband and I received a year subscription to Everyday Food for one of our wedding gifts and I love it! It's a cute little magazine (reader's digest size) and it has really fun/easy/simple/yummy recipes. I've gotten a few of my friends into it as well! Since they come every month they usually have recommendations for recipes that correspond with whatever the upcoming holiday or season it is.

    Also - it's not a magazine, but has been my go to spot for finding new recipe ideas. You can search by ingredient. I like it because it's just people like you and me who have submitted recipes. Then people add their comments about how they adjusted it or changed it to suit their own tastes. It helps me to know what good substitutions there are since I'm never to sure what I can change without ruining the recipe!

    Happy cooking :)

  6. Oh, thanks Krista! What a great wedding present. I see Everyday Food in the bookstore and have considered subscribing but haven't yet. I think that once my Martha Stewart runs out, I'll get them both! Thanks for the recommendations!


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