Are You a Beginner in the Kitchen?

Are you a beginner in the kitchen?  Or do you just prefer to cook very simply?  If so, then this is the post for you!

I’d like to share a few web sites I have discovered and am impressed with for one reason or more.  I will share the links and why I like the site and how I think it is helpful for beginning cooks, or folks who prefer preparing simple meals -for whatever reason.  Maybe you are limited in time or ingredients?  Or maybe you just don’t care to spend much money on strange ingredients and you want to streamline your pantry. 

Whatever the case may be, I think any cook, beginner or no, will get something out of the following links.  They’re gems! 

www.heavenlyhomemakers.com Laura keeps things simple and has many recipes that call for only FIVE ingredients.  She is a Christian mother raising four growing boys, so she knows how to feed hungry people!

www.doitdelicious.com A lesser known website (but not for long), this is Jessica Seinfeld, wife of the famous Jerry Seinfeld.  She has written two cookbooks you may have heard of: Deceptively Delicious and Double Delicious.  Her website has great video tutorials she created specifically for a friend of hers that needed help in the kitchen.  But they are available for anyone to view.  Check them out and her simple recipes, too. 

www.goop.com Okay, it’s confession time.  I am a big Gwyneth Paltrow fan.  Ever since she made Emma in 1995, I have loved her acting.  About a year ago, I read that she has her own website, so of course I had to check it out.  She is a very interesting person and I like how she cooks for her family herself.  Click the fork & knife labeled “make” on her site to see all kinds of recipes and video tutorials of her preparing food for her family, etc.  Goop is where I discovered Jessica’s Do It Delicious website.

http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ Stephanie O’Dea has become famous for this website!  She spent the year 2009 using her crockpot (she actually has a collection of them) to cook at least one dish per day.  She posts each recipe, with photos and her review of the dish.  Some have minimal ingredients and some are more complicated.  She has a gluten free child, so many are gluten free.  These recipes and the ones she’s been working on since are on her site.  She has also published two books based on her experience.  You will definitely want to check her out if you want to learn how to use that crockpot/slowcooker!

www.startcooking.com For those who never got around to learning how to cook.  Great photos and video tutorials.  From how to prepare asparagus to making ham and cheese quiche, check it.

www.gnowfglins.com A Christian homemaker, Wardeh’s website includes simple recipes and ecourses available (the courses are not free, but they are worth the money if you are interested in a traditional diet) on the preparation of traditional foods.  I encourage you to read her family’s story about how they came to change their diet because of illness and how they’ve been healed because of it.

Another great way to learn how to cook simply and with fresh ingredients is checking to see if your city offers Farmer’s Market Cooking classes.  Some locales do.  If you do shop at a Farmer’s Market, talk to the farmers directly and find out how they prepare the food they grow.  Farmers might be the best people to ask.

I hope you enjoy visiting these sites and that they encourage you in your cooking journey.  There are many more recommendations, but not all are simple cooking and some might scare you off, so we’ll keep it to these for now.  If you know of a great site for simple cooking or beginning cooks, please feel free to share in the comments!  We love comments! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Please assume these sites are secular unless otherwise noted.  Also please understand that I am directing you to these websites for recipes, cooking tips and video tutorials, and any other information contained within is not necessarily recommended by me.

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