Post #378 A New Kitchen Tool

June 5, 2015 at 6:46 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post #378 A New Kitchen Tool

Very few people live without the internet these days.  Yes, I know there are some who don’t, but by and large, the commonality of internet usage is no longer the venue of nerds and geeks.  And just so you know, I started my online presence back in the days of acoustic telephone couplers, modems that lived outside the computer, and the “main” way to connect was through Compu-serv.  We had to walk uphill both ways in the snow to reach the internet that didn’t exist at the time.  You joined bulletin boards that were congregations of like-minded geeks and gloried in your geekdom.

Things have changed and now the computer has taken the place of real, live, human interaction for a large portion of the population.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve made many online friends over the decades and the friendships are just as strong as those I’ve forged face to face.  I don’t denigrate a relationship just because it exists only online.  Matter of fact, one of my best online friends said to me once, “Don’t be surprised is a big dumb rugger (his nickname for himself, he played rugby) rushes up to you in the grocery store and give you a big hug.  It’ll be me.”  (I replied, “Don’t be surprised if you get a knew to the groin.  It’ll be mine.”)

But one thing that has been happening online recently is the proliferation of celebrity fan pages that not only boost the popularity of their celebrity, but also of their talent.  If you happen to be interested in singers, they constantly put their latest video online to be enjoyed by their fans.  If you’re a writer, like me (and yes, I have an Author Page on FB, I just don’t update it), you do online book tours, give free sample chapters, and let your fans know about the progress of ongoing projects.  If you have a television show, it’s almost required to have a fan page.

Food fans, or “foodies” as they’re called, have come into their own on the internet.  When you “like” a food page on FB, or follow someone’s food blog, or sign up for a newsletter from a foodie site, you instantly start getting recipes and deals in your inbox or on your FB timeline, etc. letting you know about all the new things going on in the world of food.

So I thought I’d tell you about some of the sites and pages I’m linked to.  In the old days, you had to go looking.  Now, they come looking for you.

First, my FB likes and follows.  I have nearly 40 so I’m just going list a few and let you get the idea.  (And in case you’re wondering, I have even more having to do with writing.)

Taste of Home – I look at their recipes when I want to find  those old recipes, half-remembered from childhood.  These are the kinds of recipes that usually turn up in church cookbooks, and the like.  Comfort food to the max.

Lidia’s Italy – We watch her show and use her recipes all the time.  If you want classic, home-style Italian cooking, this is the one to watch.  Her mom, Nona, wanders in all the time.

Mary Ann Esposito – This is another Italian cook we watch, but hers is more the regional, historical type of Italian.  Again, we use her recipes all the time, too.

Sci Babe – She gives good solid common sense advice about food trends that are just wrong.  I read everything she writes to make sure I don’t tell anyone else something that’s wrong.

The New York Times – Dining – Food –  This one keeps me up on new trends and techniques happening in the food world.

American Diabetes Support – Self explanatory.

Restless Chipotle – She’s a good writer and has an amazing repertoire of recipes.

My Baking Addiction – Not just about baking, and they feature recipes from other blogs all the time so it give good exposure to all kinds of cooking.

America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated – My two favorite cooking shows ever.  Always reliable and always good.

No Kid Hungry – Keeps me up on what’s happening in feeding our children.  We’re actually showing some progress there!

King Arthur Flour – One of my favorite sites and favorite catalogs.  They are a kitchen supply store and they have everything having to do with baking.

Chef’s Catalog – Same as above, but they have everything to do with cooking with affordable restaurant-quality gear.

The Mushroom Channel – Just cuz I like ’em.

And there are so many more.  If you look me up on FB, and go to my Likes, you’ll see the full list.

But there’s another way I get my cooking info.  I get daily and weekly newsletters in my email inbox.  I don’t have quite as many of those, but many are duplicates.

  • Cookstr
  • NY Times Food and Dining
  • Food 52
  • King Arthur Flour
  • ATK/Cook’s Illustrated
  • Pillsbury
  • Tasting Table
  • Betty Crocker
  • Blue Apron
  • No Kid Hungry
  • The Latin Kitchen
  • Mexican Cooking

These are just to name a few.  What I do with my FB notice on my timeline is look at the headline.  If it looks like something I’d be interested in, I open the link and read through it quickly.  If I want to keep it handy, I save it under my favorites in a folder called Food Favorites.  Original, huh?  But if I ever need to go back to it, it’s right there.  I also back up my favorites list once a week to make sure I don’t lose anything.  For my newsletters, I save any of those I want to keep either by putting the newsletter email in a folder marked Cooking, or I open the link and save the page in my favorites in the Food Favorites folder.  I’m also “liking” and “following” a lot of celebrity chefs and get an idea of what they’re having for lunch or whatever.  I commented on one page when they said they were having grilled cheese and tomato soup that I was having a BLT.  They came back within minutes with “Wish I’d thought of that.”

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the extra special glimpse in the workings of my day.  If you know any other pages or sites that I might enjoy, don’t hesitate to let me know!

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