I have to say, I rarely use the internet and food websites for recipes. There is so much chaff out there, it takes forever to find the wheat. I'll read food news, browse food forums, look at pictures, and loose myself in the foodie blogosphere, but almost never go looking for recipes, unless I have something wierd like a geoduck to cook.
The last time I went looking for inspiration, I had some green beans I wanted to liven up and I came across this casserole recipe:
2 cans green beans, drained
1 lb. cooked sausage, drained
2 cans Campbell's cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup onions
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 bag Tator Tots
Mix all together. Put in 9x13 casserole and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or longer, until Tator Tots are browned.
BLECH! That was enough to turn me off for a good long time.
I prefer to work from my own experience or experiment; however, I recently came across a baking site with such pretty pictures and so easy to navigate that I had to stay and surf. What I found was a thorough and helpful site, with actually original recipes. I couldn't wait to try them!
Ta da! www.joyofbaking.com is my pick for Best Food Website of 2006
I'm sure you'll enjoy their 'Comfort Food' and ' English Tea' sections, and did I mention there is a whole department dedicated to Christmas baking? I 'm sure you'll find some inspiration there. Check out their recipe for Mincemeat Shortbread Bars. Sensational! My version is pictured above, but their picture is literally saliva inducing.
P.S. In case you were wondering, this is a picture of a geoduck, and yes, I have cooked and eaten this giant clam. Let's just say that in the professionl kitchen it goes by another name.