Food Gawker - Visual search and discovery of new recipes

Are you a spontaneous cook? Do you like to experiment? Do you like to try out new recipes? I do :). On some days after a crazy day at work, I want to come home and bake something simple (but new) to unwind and relax and on certain weekends, I am in the mood to bake/cook something elaborate. One challenge I always faced was finding the perfect recipe and if I did find the perfect recipe then I would be missing the ingredients. Now the minute you add that trip to the grocery story after a long day at work, all the enthusiasm and energy to bake is lost. I started my search for an app for recipes and I came across this amazing app - FoodGawker. You can put in the name of an ingredient and it will pop-up will all recipes with that ingredient. Not only that, the search results render images. “A picture is worth a thousand words”….I look at the picture, if i like it, I click further to get the recipe and voila we are in business :). Its free, so definitely give it a try. :)You can download it from the appstore here -

This is THE best salsa recipe ! A must must must try. It comes out so well. I made it a couple weeks back and it was a big hit. Thanks to the pioneer woman for the recipe and the pics.

This recipe is the best for YOU shortbread lovers out there !
Yes, I LOVE shortbread !

Yeah..that kinda sums up this post. I think I have found THE perfect recipe for shortbread cookies and its simple.

2 Cups Butter (4 sticks)
3 3/4 Cup Flour (and some extra to roll the dough)
1 Cup packed brown sugar

1. Preheat the over to 325 (note: its not 350)
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. The butter should be softened (Leave it outside the refrigerator for about 30 minutes)
3. Add the flour and mix well.
4. Spring board with flour, knead the dough for a few minutes and roll it to 1/2 inch thickness.
5. Get creative..Create all styles of shortbread cookies.

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting - This turned out to be a big hit and for all you chocolate lovers out there, this is a must-bake must-have. And the best part is, it was easy.

I have always wanted to bake the best chocolate sheet cake ever by the pioneer woman. I love her recipes. However, this time I was a bit short on time and so figured I will use some quick, yet creative recipe. Just a fair warning, this cake was made from a box mix with some customizations :). A friend of mine shared this recipe with me. I added a few of my twists due to the lack of the exact ingredients but it turned out simply awesome. And then the cake was so easy that I had time to make some chocolate frosting - which was the perfect opportunity to use pioneer woman’s frosting recipe. My friend who takes all the amazing pics that you see on this blog was not around this time to capture the delicious cake. I had to resort to my iphone for the pics. So don’t go by the looks, it tastes even better than it looks :). Did i already say this..this cake tastes delicious and yes it is egg free ! Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Cake Recipe

1 box Betty Crocker Triple Fudge Cake (org recipe: devil’s food cake mix)
1 3.5-4 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
3/4 cup buttermilk + 1/3 cup butter (orig recipe: 1 cup sour cream)
1 cup vegetable oil
Egg replacer for 4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Chunks of 1 bar 70% Cocoa Lindt Cooking chocolate  (orig recipe: 2 cups semi-sweetened mini chocolate chips)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together everything except chocolate chunks. Batter will be fairly thick.
3. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
4. Pour batter into the sheet pan for 20 mins.

Chocolate Frosting Recipe