Blogging suspended

Posted By mattantonino / July, 6, 2011 / 0 comments

I thought I should put up one post to let everyone know – I’m suspending blogging on StartingtoCook.

Simply put, I love blogging here but don’t have time to run all of my businesses, get myself moved to Australia, blog here as well as I’d like and the feedback, commenting and ad return so far don’t justify the time I’m putting into the work.  So I’m closing the blog for now.  I don’t know if or when it will return.  It’s been fun food blogging but I need to focus on food shooting and getting moved, visa approved, and my new wedding & portrait business started in Melbourne.

Thanks for reading!

 

9 Great Recipe Sites

Posted By mattantonino / June, 26, 2011 / 0 comments

Inspiration comes from many places for me.  As a new cook I tend to stick to the basics (ingredients, techniques, etc.) and learn as I go.

For recipe tracking I use LivingCookbook because it’s *perfection* in recipe form.  I have about 52,000 recipes in my LivingCookbook from all sorts of places.  You can import (and export) Mealmaster format, a LivingCookbook format, plaintext and more.  I use the RecipeFox plugin for Firefox to grab and save recipes off the major sites.  It comes with a list of 100s of recipe sites.  These are some of my favorites, many of which use RecipeFox.

Usual Suspects

1) Food Network

Great for finding recipes from your favorite FN stars (such as the ever-hot Giada).  A dedicated Healthy Eating section, full episodes of your favorite shows and recipes that easily export to MealMaster, LivingCookbook or plain text format.  A large database of great recipes makes this a no-brainer at #1.

2) AllRecipes

A HUGE database of fantastic recipes along with the best ingredient search tool makes this my go-to site.  Easily export any recipe to MealMaster, LivingCookbook or plain text with RecipeFox.

3) Saveur

A little higher-end fare (read: fancy) makes Saveur a keeper.  While not being as culinarily challenging as Epicurious, many of Saveur’s recipes are accessible, tasty and excellent.  RecipeFox integration makes this my 3rd favorite recipe site.  RecipeFox friendly.

4) Epicurious

You will be more likely to find a Roasted Vegetable and Prosciutto Lasagna with Alfredo Sauce than a traditional chicken alfredo but that’s why I love Epicurious.  This site is advanced and typically not what the home cook makes.  (The first recipe under Christmas is a Prosecco-Raspberry Gelee)  If you have orange-flower water and Prosecco in your pantry, this is the site for you.  (If you have no idea what those are, this site may be overwhelming at first.)  RecipeFox friendly as well.

Under the Radar

5) DrinksMixer

Quite possibly the only mixed drink site you need.  I have never really had much trouble finding anything on here. Recipes for everything from A Berry Breakfast Drink to the Zipper.  Search by ingredient, drink name, etc.  Terminology, a glossary and drinking games.  RecipeFox friendly!

6) VisualRecipes

Step-by-step photographic how-to of each recipe.  This site is a MUST for new cooks.

7) Cooking Light

This is my favorite healthy-only site. With a healthy cooking 101 section and my favorite – recipe makeovers, and one of my favorite magazines, this was a must-include on my favorite recipe sites.

Personal Faves

8) Recipe Goldmine

Another *huge* recipe site with all sorts of great and simple foods. This is my go-to site when I just need something I can make tonight.

9) Jamie Oliver’s site

I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for Jamie’s cooking. I am the only American I know who watches Oliver’s Twist. I don’t understand his temps or half the ingredients he says until I see them.  I don’t care.  I would watch Jamie cook all day (and sometimes do!)  My mini shell pea pasta and smoky bacon sauce is a Jamie food.  They are homecooked goodness and rich, high quality skill.  Does he cook 89-star food?  Not usually.  Is he amazing in a kitchen?  Absolutely.

 

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/

Mandarin Chicken Salad

Posted By mattantonino / October, 29, 2010 / 1 comments

This is not so much a recipe as a mix.  When you only have four ingredients in your salad and it still tastes this amazing, you don’t fight fate.

The ingredients are simple:

  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Baby spinach
  • Small can of mandarin oranges
  • feta cheese

Grill up your chicken (this particular one was marinated in a raspberry vinaigrette) and slice it (or cut it into cubes if you prefer).  Rinse the spinach, add the oranges and chicken and top with feta.

Why am I putting this on a “cooking” blog?  Because it’s DELICIOUS!  Everyone needs great summer recipes and this is one of the best!  If you’ve never had oranges in salad, let me be the first to suggest that you try now!

Photos!

Scenes Next!

Posted By mattantonino / May, 27, 2010 / 5 comments

Somewhere along the line I picked up a habit, probably from acting juvenile, of saying “SCENES NEXT!” whenever a show would announce “Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode.”  I never lost the habit and even now when I’m watching Survivor or Top Chef I say it (more quietly now!).   So considering my fondness for previews I thought I’d give you a taste of what’s coming.  Here are scenes from our next few blog posts:

Beef stroganoff

 

Perfect Egg McMuffins

 

Raspberry Lemonade Jello Cubes

 

Mandarin Chicken Salad

 

That’s what I’ve shot already!  As you can tell I’m running a few blog posts behind (more on that sometime in the next month!)  This week’s shoot plan includes lots of seafood including shrimp, scallops AND tilapia and possibly a dessert (remake of our Boston Creme Pie perhaps!)

So stay tuned!