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The Recipes of Calorie Count
"Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again." - Julia Child
I estimate that there are about 800 million bloggers and food writers in the world all merrily posting their favorite recipes each day. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but there sure are a lot of them. I know this because one of my favorite ways to get a new idea for a recipe is to search the web. Search just the word “recipe”. Go ahead, I'll wait here. Are you back? I got 422,000,000 different meal possibilities; how many did you get? While you were gone, I modified my search to "recipe braise" and turned up an astonishing 10,600,000 possibilities! Still way too many choices and not enough hours before dinner to look them all over.
You likely have a few favorite websites for recipes. Obviously, I love The CC Palate and Mindful Palate, but those are only two of my favorites. My next favorite recipe source is Calorie Count. You may be here to lose weight. You may be here to gain weight. Both of these excellent reasons require an understanding of calories, serving size, and nutrition facts - and nobody does that better than Calorie Count! Cooking a meal yourself helps keep you in control of all the ingredients. Fortunately for all of us, a lot of great cooks share their recipes right here.
It's easy to search Calorie Count’s recipe database.
- Look in the upper right hand side of any page for the place where you would usually search for the calories in a food.
- By the word Food you will see a little drop down list arrow.
- Click it and select Recipes.
- Then type in what you want to find in the field to the left.
I typed the word “Braise”, hit Enter on my keyboard, and got 69 results. A much more manageable number of recipes to deal with. Because the recipes are sometimes just reminders for the poster or just for logging, it's a good idea to check to see that the directions are included. Some of you will be able to take the word "braise", a list of ingredients, and know exactly to do. If you are a novice cook though, look for the recipes that give you all the directions and pick the one in your calorie range that sounds absolutely delicious.
Braising simply means that you brown the meat or veggies in a little fat and then simmer in a little liquid in a covered container until done. When you braise do not cover the ingredients entirely in liquid (then you'd be stewing not braising). Here are a few of the great braising recipes I found at Calorie Count!
Have you tried searching for recipes at Calorie Count? Do you post your recipes at Calorie Count so we can all enjoy them? What is your favorite Calorie Count recipe discovery? If you have a recipe and would like it to be considered for The CC Palate, pm it to me here. This article may be reprinted (including bio) with prior permission from the author.