Foodie Find: Your Cooking Buddy

Becoming a kitchen guru just got a little easier

Some of the things we hate about food websites, off the top of our heads: (1) The food we cook never looks as good as the pictures; (2) The ingredients list sometimes looks like the inventory for some fancy, five-star restaurant; and (3) Even if we do find the ingredients, (say, organic blackberries) they're usually no longer fresh.

Maybe that's why we're liking the latest thing to pop up on our online foodie radar: Yummy magazine's online home, Yummy.ph. The site can be used as a cooking buddy for beginners and experts alike with its growing library of recipes, restaurant and chef features, and indispensable shopping guides.

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Yummy.ph recipes keep confusion to a minimum with step-by-step photos

Five things worth checking out:

1. Recipes and menus. Yummy.ph features a much-needed online database of recipes, some of which came from the magazine, while some are new ones from Yummy.ph. Finding recipes are easy with the filters. Search for recipes via the main ingredient, course, convenience, keyword, alphabetical order or date uploaded. Menus that range from easy, no-fuss dinner to impress-the-guests lunch are also quite useful.

2. Shopping Channel. Whether you're looking for palengke and wholesale products or healthy and specialty shops, Yummy.ph gives you the lowdown on where to find all your supplies complete with must-buys and tips. The Shopping Channel also has a "What to Buy" section, which features products with their nutritional facts and cooking uses.

3. Of patola licking and calamansi plant growing. Yummy.ph blogger Divine Enya Mesina talks about how to make sure your patola isn't bitter by slicing "half an inch from the stem and then [licking] the exposed white part of the vegetable." Talk about product guarantee. In the same entry, Mesina talks about her growing vegetable garden of calamansi, tomatoes, green chili, okra, cucumber and more.

4. Learn how to make fruit-flavored butter. Give your pancakes and waffles a tasty twist with fruit-flavored butter. The instructions are easy to follow with pictures accompanying every step of the instructions.

5. Spice it up with the spice guide. Spices are every chef's friend but the variety can be daunting to beginners. Get the basics of spices with storage and grinding tips.

For more, visit Yummy.ph.

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