Winter for our family means we finally have time to spend cooking in our own kitchens. To keep it interesting, we are always looking at new recipes to try at home (and some of these even end up on the restaurant menu!). Like everyone else, we have moved away from cookbooks and towards more online resources. We thought we would share a few of our favorites with you.

If you love comfort food taken up a notch, basic cooking techniques, and tasty, easy side dishes, The Smitten Kitchen blog is for you. With recipe categories such as bread, pickling, slow cooker, and even date night, this blog is a fantastic resource for reliably good recipes. We also love 101 Cookbooks, a recipe journal focusing on healthy, vegetarian options with "the occasional sweet treat." With personal reviews and stunning photos, you may find yourself surfing this blog for an hour...or even two!

Two of our favorite recipe hubs are Epicurious and Cooking with The New York Times (which also has a great app). With over 340,000 recipes between the two, you will never be at a loss for inspiration. These two websites are great when you have a dish or ingredient in mind, but need a little inspiration. 

Another favorite, Food 52, was created as a place for chefs, home cooks, and foodies to come together and talk about there favorite topic--food! With the idea that cooking not all, but at least some of the time (52 weeks per year!) we can change our food system by trying to shop local bit by bit. It's a great place to discover something new and learn from other great cooks.

Even with all of the wonderful online resources, we still love our trusty cookbooks. Karin's new favorite is Ovenly, a baking cookbook. Everything she's made so far has been delicious, but the peanut butter cookies were a particular standout (they are gluten free, but you would never know it!).

Karin's husband is also an avid home cook. Scott has made some wonderful meals from Le Pigeon, a cookbook by his favorite restaurant in Portland, his former home. Featuring recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker, this cookbook features recipes for "uncommon delicacies like El Tongue Stroganoff and Rabbit and Eel Terrine," but also shares some "surprisingly uncomplicated dishes like Simple Roasted Pigeon, Leek Carbonara, and Pork Tacos."

In addition to cookbooks, we do like hard copy recipes from our favorite magazines, such as Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, and Fine Cooking. We are always excited when these publications arrive in our mailbox each month. 

Coming from a family that loves food, we are never truly without someone to turn to for inspiration or ideas. But, it is always fun to discover new flavors, recipes, and takes on traditional favorites. 

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