May 10th

Top Ten Websites That Aren’t Book Related – We Choose Cooking!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go check out their Top Ten and others on their site today!

Today’s Top Ten was Top Ten Websites That Aren’t Book Related. For all of us here at Fangs and Fur this was an easy choice, WE LOVE FOOD! Seriously, the only thing we love more than cooking is eating. So here’s our Top Ten recipe sites/food blogs. Enjoy!

Kate and Oli’s Picks

The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond makes the yummiest food ever! I absolutely love her show and her blog. I think the two major elements needed to make a successful food blog are personality and pictures. Ree has both! She has been blogging 10 years now and takes gorgeous pictures. I like to be able to see what things are supposed to look like, so pictures are important. She is also freaking hilarious!! Even the tag line on her site is “Plowing through life in the country . . .one calf nut at a time”. On top of that her food is delicious and most of the recipes are so easy a beginner could make them! She’s got something for everyone including freezer meals and 16 minute meals!

Wicked Good Kitchen
This is my go-to site for baking. She has so many excellent recipes; some new and some variations on well-known stuff. My favorite is her dark chocolate cream cheese buttercream; I use no other icing EVER! I really don’t even like icing and I love this one!

Gimme Some Oven
This is another of my favorite food sites. There are a lot of quick and easy recipes that use mostly whole, natural ingredients. I don’t like to use processed stuff but I still want to make casseroles and easy dinners! This site is my solution to that problem! She also posts some cool DIY projects like sugar scrubs.

Deep South Dish
I’m a southern girl; I like my tea sweet and my food spicy. This site has just what I’m looking for when I’m craving something home cooked and southern style. Please don’t expect healthy recipes, that’s not what this site is about!

Epicurious
I love epicurious because it is a huge compilation of recipes from all the haute cuisine sites like Saveur, Gourmet Magazine, and Bon Apetit. When I want to try something new and edgy, or I’m cooking to impress, this is where I go!

FOOD52
Food52 is the same for Oli that epicurious is for me. He uses it for high end recipes sure to impress. It also has some good how-to articles on some of the cooking basics.

The Eccentric Husband’s Picks (we accidentally left the admin cage unlocked)

Son of the South Tamales
Just so you know, the website serves many purposes including the primary purpose of teaching Confederate Civil War history. Keep the Tamales in the address and you will be much happier. So, in case you missed it, Kate and I are happily married and part of that happiness is in our integrating family traditions. One of my traditions is tamales at Christmas and New Year’s. As a native Texan and Mexican-American, the tamale is a very important cultural dish for me. The Son of the South recipe is a great one, but the story of the Tamale Queen, Goya Pina, is the story of every abuela we homogenized Texans grew up with. Reading the account, I am brought back to my abuela’s kitchen, watching her prepare bunuelos in lard with a silver dime in the cast iron pan while she sipped atole. If you want additional authentic recipes, you can try the sister site, http://www.myhomecooking.net/mexican-food-recipes/

EGGBEATER
Shuna Fish Lydon is my favorite chef. End of Story. Never met her, never ate any of her food in a restaurant where she worked. She is no nonsense and takes no bullshit. Her pastry recipes are amazing and unlike most dessert and pastry recipes that are all pictures of perfect end results and really crappy instruction (what the hell is “scant” anyway), Chef Lydon is precise with recipes and intuitive when you get to those tricky spots that mean the difference between a risen soufflé and a fallen mess. Best of all, she dishes on what it takes to work in a professional kitchen and all the pitfalls and ethical dilemmas; worst is that she hasn’t updated her blog in quite some time, though is still active on Twitter.

hunter * angler * gardener * cook
Hank Shaw is the man most men aspire to be. Hunter Angler Gardener Cook is his ethos and he has written a number of books. When I need a new venison recipe for the one deer a year I can bag, invariably I come here. When I watch the squirrels stealing the seed from the bird feeder and tell myself, “This is the year the Squirrel Horde goes down!” I check out his website for the inspiration to go feral and sate my primal instincts.

Muy Bueno
Yvette is a fellow Tejana and El Paso native now living in Colorado. When I need a taste of home, her recipes bring me back. This is the taste of El Paso and IMHO the real Mexican food people mean when they talk your ear off about “the hole in the wall” they once visited in the Southwest that served the best food you can’t find in … (insert your part of the country here). Seriously, she and I must have once sat in separate booths as kids while eating in El Paso landmarks like La Paloma, La Malinche, Gussies and yes maybe Chico’s Tacos.

What do you think of our choices? Do you have any favorite food blogs or recipe sites? Leave a comment and let us know!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go check out their Top Ten and others on their site today!

Today’s Top Ten was Top Ten Websites That Aren’t Book Related. For all of us here at Fangs and Fur this was an easy choice, WE LOVE FOOD! Seriously, the only thing we love more than cooking is eating. So here’s our Top Ten recipe sites/food blogs. Enjoy!

Kate and Oli’s Picks

The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond makes the yummiest food ever! I absolutely love her show and her blog. I think the two major elements needed to make a successful food blog are personality and pictures. Ree has both! She has been blogging 10 years now and takes gorgeous pictures. I like to be able to see what things are supposed to look like, so pictures are important. She is also freaking hilarious!! Even the tag line on her site is “Plowing through life in the country . . .one calf nut at a time”. On top of that her food is delicious and most of the recipes are so easy a beginner could make them! She’s got something for everyone including freezer meals and 16 minute meals!

Wicked Good Kitchen
This is my go-to site for baking. She has so many excellent recipes; some new and some variations on well-known stuff. My favorite is her dark chocolate cream cheese buttercream; I use no other icing EVER! I really don’t even like icing and I love this one!

Gimme Some Oven
This is another of my favorite food sites. There are a lot of quick and easy recipes that use mostly whole, natural ingredients. I don’t like to use processed stuff but I still want to make casseroles and easy dinners! This site is my solution to that problem! She also posts some cool DIY projects like sugar scrubs.

Deep South Dish
I’m a southern girl; I like my tea sweet and my food spicy. This site has just what I’m looking for when I’m craving something home cooked and southern style. Please don’t expect healthy recipes, that’s not what this site is about!

Epicurious
I love epicurious because it is a huge compilation of recipes from all the haute cuisine sites like Saveur, Gourmet Magazine, and Bon Apetit. When I want to try something new and edgy, or I’m cooking to impress, this is where I go!

FOOD52
Food52 is the same for Oli that epicurious is for me. He uses it for high end recipes sure to impress. It also has some good how-to articles on some of the cooking basics.

The Eccentric Husband’s Picks (we accidentally left the admin cage unlocked)

Son of the South Tamales
Just so you know, the website serves many purposes including the primary purpose of teaching Confederate Civil War history. Keep the Tamales in the address and you will be much happier. So, in case you missed it, Kate and I are happily married and part of that happiness is in our integrating family traditions. One of my traditions is tamales at Christmas and New Year’s. As a native Texan and Mexican-American, the tamale is a very important cultural dish for me. The Son of the South recipe is a great one, but the story of the Tamale Queen, Goya Pina, is the story of every abuela we homogenized Texans grew up with. Reading the account, I am brought back to my abuela’s kitchen, watching her prepare bunuelos in lard with a silver dime in the cast iron pan while she sipped atole. If you want additional authentic recipes, you can try the sister site, http://www.myhomecooking.net/mexican-food-recipes/

EGGBEATER
Shuna Fish Lydon is my favorite chef. End of Story. Never met her, never ate any of her food in a restaurant where she worked. She is no nonsense and takes no bullshit. Her pastry recipes are amazing and unlike most dessert and pastry recipes that are all pictures of perfect end results and really crappy instruction (what the hell is “scant” anyway), Chef Lydon is precise with recipes and intuitive when you get to those tricky spots that mean the difference between a risen soufflé and a fallen mess. Best of all, she dishes on what it takes to work in a professional kitchen and all the pitfalls and ethical dilemmas; worst is that she hasn’t updated her blog in quite some time, though is still active on Twitter.

hunter * angler * gardener * cook
Hank Shaw is the man most men aspire to be. Hunter Angler Gardener Cook is his ethos and he has written a number of books. When I need a new venison recipe for the one deer a year I can bag, invariably I come here. When I watch the squirrels stealing the seed from the bird feeder and tell myself, “This is the year the Squirrel Horde goes down!” I check out his website for the inspiration to go feral and sate my primal instincts.

Muy Bueno
Yvette is a fellow Tejana and El Paso native now living in Colorado. When I need a taste of home, her recipes bring me back. This is the taste of El Paso and IMHO the real Mexican food people mean when they talk your ear off about “the hole in the wall” they once visited in the Southwest that served the best food you can’t find in … (insert your part of the country here). Seriously, she and I must have once sat in separate booths as kids while eating in El Paso landmarks like La Paloma, La Malinche, Gussies and yes maybe Chico’s Tacos.

What do you think of our choices? Do you have any favorite food blogs or recipe sites? Leave a comment and let us know!

By Kate Woods

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