Friday Recommends – Quick & Easy Cooking

New follower Dean has asked for recipes for a new cook, so I’ve scoured the internet (which is more than I’ve done to my sink) and come up with these links. How you all work me! (Points to anyone who gets the reference.)

First, a list of recipes “For the Beginner Cook” from They have a bunch on that page and more in the sidebar. They look WOW.

Lots of new cooks are students, so you might look into Student Recipes, if you can stand the “I think this funkiness will appeal to students” design of the web site. It looks pretty good, actually, very well organized and easy to use. On the first page, in the pictures on the left side, the middle picture in the bottom row, the picture of the toast with butter on it, is labeled “Quick” and takes you to a page of many quick and easy recipes. I plan to check this one out at greater length. Dude.

[Note: Did you know that if you’re on Twitter and you mention Lebowski, Dude, the Duderino or Duder, you automatically get a reply quote from THE BIG LEBOWSKI? I found that out yesterday.]

You can usually count on to help you out, and this was no exception. They have a Busy Cook site with a Quick and Easy section.

AllRecipes has three sections that I’ve found so far: Quick and Easy Recipes, New Quick and Easy Recipes and Convenience Cooking.

The Food Network has some recipes it calls Quick and Easy, but their idea of quick and easy may not be mine. They don’t claim they’re cheap, either.

Last but I hope not least, check out my Alligator Sandwiches here on this blog. As I explained to Dean, they aren’t really recipes for alligator sandwiches. I just call them that because they’re so quick and easy you can make them when somebody says, “Let’s eat! And let’s make it snappy!”

Enjoy your weekend!

WRITING PROMPT: What is your main character so obsessed with, all his or her dreams contain some reference to it?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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