Saturday, October 20, 2007

World recipes for your next dinner party

I wanted to share this dinner party idea resource with you that I stumbled upon.

This excellent collection of free world recipes really helps when you're planning a dinner party theme based around a country or region in the world.

The website is called the World Hearth Circle of International Cookingtarget="_blank". When I first saw the name I thought it was World Health but it is in fact World Hearth.

The collection of recipes has been gathered by Laura Law and Storm Wilder. There are apparently over 3,000 recipes in the collection - not bad for us dinner party hosts/hostesses..

They say: "This international obsession began in about 1993, with our first version of MasterCook. Many of the recipes were gathered from cookbooks. In that case, the cookbook is names and if possible, linked to that book on This means the original recipe was gleaned from the source listed, but I can't promise I haven't changed it. That is the way I cook. I try it their way the first time then make adjustments. "

To find a recipe they suggest the easiest way is to browse by category but you can also search alphabetically.

I like what they say about ingredient searches too .. "you can search by ingredients. Say you have a bottle beer that's about to go bad and you want to find out what you could do with the beer before it goes bad. Well, simply enter 'beer' into the the Ingredients box on the top of every page and click Search. This will show you a list of all recipes, in any category, that contain the word 'beer'."

Stay tuned for more dinner party ideas soon.

The Hostess with the Mostess

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