Forget Complicated Recipes, Follow These Simple Illustrated Directions

If you love to cook, then you’ll love these illustrations. Drawing Recipes, a book created by Italian illustrator and comics artist Chiara Di Francia, explains how to cook your favorite foods through drawings.

The idea for the book came about when Francia’s five-year-old cousin asked her to write a recipe for her favorite pastry snack. “After having drawn the first piece, the idea of this project was born, to create a collection of illustrated recipes,” says Francia.

In its pages, you can find recipes for anything from fondue to french toast and cheese pairings to fried pizza. The recipes are divided into seven categories: Breakfast & Brunch, Appetizers, Salads, Mains, Pasta, Second Course, and Desserts.





Save Time (And Dishes) With This Delicious One Pot Pasta Dish

Do you ever feel like giving up on dinner after an exhausting day at work?

And on those days, you skip out on making a homemade meal for some takeout or frozen meals instead? Well no one will blame you for doing that, we’ve all had those days before.
But what if I told you that there’s a dish out there that requires ingredients your pantry is stocked up with and one pot! Think about the time you’ll save on dishes too!
Watch the video below to see how you can turn a boring dinner night into a successful one with Martha Stewart’s recipe for one pot pasta!

Are you going to try this the next time you cook? Tried it already and have some tips to make the dish better? Share your thoughts with us!

Video courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Into Avocado Sandwiches? Well Check Out These 9 Recipe Ideas!

Avocados, who doesn’t love them?
What makes this unique buttery tasting fruit even better? Well of course when it’s made into sandwiches!

Join the trend and start adding avocados to your sandwiches if you haven’t done so already! Trust me, it’ll bring your sandwiches to a whole new tasty level. Who knew?
My favorite way to eat avocado is as a breakfast sandwich, with some buttered toast, a spread of avocado topped with a sunny side cooked egg and tomato.

But venturing out of my comfort zone, I’ve resorted to looking up additional avocado sandwich recipes. That’s when I stumbled upon POPSUGAR Food’s avocado video.
Take a look at the following video and share your thoughts with us!

Did the video excite your taste buds?

Looking to Beat The Winter Cold? Try This Hearty Chili Recipe to Warm Your Bones

When the weather turns cold, my mind wanders to hot comfort food.
This week I craved a steaming bowl of hot chili. (This is my wife’s recipe and she is cooking it as I write.)
At the end of 2016, I was writing recipes that might help the harried cook get meals on the table a little quicker. Although this is a long slow cook recipe, the slow cooker makes it work. You can do all your prep the evening before, refrigerate the whole lot then turn the cooker on in the morning and away you go. Large batches also leave leftovers for another meal.
The origin of chili goes back to the Aztecs; it gained further popularity on the cattle drives of the American West. Today there are many many recipes and numerous chili cook off contests. Winter is the time to hone your skills to win the Main street cook off next summer. This recipe is a basic starting point for your chili challenge.


•1 lb gr sausage—hot Italian or garlic dinner
•1 lb ground beef
•1 med onion
•1/2 red pepper
•1/2 green pepper
•1 cup beef stock as needed
•1 can tomatoes
•2 cans red kidney beans
•3 Tbsp Chili powder
•2 tsp cumin
•1-2 tbsp crushed Chili peppers
1. Fry meat & onion then pour into slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients—cook 5 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low.
2.Serve with Cornbread or Garlic bread.

3 Classic Irish Recipes to Get You Ready for St. Patty’s Day

Popularly known as a day of consuming green beer, St. Patrick’s Day has a rich history in the world of cuisine with famous savory dishes to go along with the consumption of alcohol.
For those who love to cook, but would rather spend more time drinking than eating, we’ve compiled 3 simplified recipes for classic Irish dishes to help get in you in the spirit of celebrating this beloved holiday.

Simplified Shepherd’s Pie

• 4-5 Potatoes
• 3/4 cup Half and Half
• 1 Small Onion
• 1 Can Creamed Corn
• 1 lb Ground Beef
• 3 tbsp Butter
• Salt
• Pepper
1. Boil a pot of hot water and toss in potatoes for 30-40 minutes.
2. Remove potatoes and place into a bowl with half and half, butter, salt and pepper and mash until you get desired texture.
3. Preheat oven to 375 C
4. Cook ground beef and make sure to drain leftover liquid.
5. Finely chop the onion, toss into cooked beef along with corn, and mix thoroughly.
6. Grease your baking dish and add in the beef mixture, then layer your potato mash on top.
7. Put in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Beef and Potato Stew

• 1 lb Ground Beef
• 1/2 lb Green Beans
• 1 3/4 cups Cream of Mushroom
• 3 Potatoes
• 2 Carrots
1. Heat a pan and cook up your ground beef, making sure to drain any leftover liquid.
2. Heat stove to medium heat, then roughly chop your potatoes and carrots, and throw into your pot to cook. Add in cooked beef.
3. Chop off the ends of your beans and roughly chop into bite sized pieces.
4. Pour in your can cream of mushroom.
5. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for roughly 6 hours. Alternatively you can crank the heat up a touch and reduce the cooking time to 3-4 hours.

Tasty Potato Soup

• 2 cups Chicken Stock
• 6 Potatoes
• 6 Slices of Bacon
• 1 Onion
• Salt
• Pepper
1. Roughly chop your potatoes and bacon into bite sized pieces and then toss into desired pot.
2. Finely chop onion and add into the pot.
3. Pour in chicken stock, heat on medium heat and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
4. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until potatoes become semi soft.

3 Flavor Packed Japanese Inspired Recipes

Japanese food is more than just sushi, there are plenty of dishes and sauces that can be made and utilized to spice up your palette. Here are 3 simple recipes that will have you wanting more.

Ginger Marinated Steak

• 2 lbs Steak
• 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
• Ginger (Roughly size of thumb)
• 2 Limes
• 3 tbsp oil
• Salt
• Pepper
1. Zest and juice both your limes into container.
2. Peel and finely mince the ginger.
3. Mix all ingredients except for your steak in the container.
4. Add in the steak to marinade for at least an hour, ideally try to marinade overnight.
5. Take out your steak and grill each side for 5-6 minutes.
6. Allow your meat to properly rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.

Wasabi Infused Mashed Potatoes

• 6 Potatoes
• 1/3 cup Half and Half
• 2 Green Onions
• 1 tbsp Wasabi Paste
• Cilantro
• Zest of 1 Lime
• Salt
1. Boil a pot of hot water while you roughly chop your potatoes into smaller pieces.
2. Once your water is boiled toss in a couple of pinches of salt and then add in your potatoes.
3. Cook for about 20 minutes or until softened.
4. Drain all water, add in half and half with wasabi, and then mash until desired texture.
5. Before served, top with lime zest and chopped green onions.

Versatile Dipping Sauce

• 1 Clove of Garlic
• 125 mL Chicken Stock
• 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
• 1 tsp Sweet Chili Sauce
• 1 Green Onion
1. Finely chop your green onion and garlic as small as possible.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Delicious Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe for Less Than 300 Calories

Food writer and 5:2 advocate Kate Harrison shares some of her favourite low-calorie recipes to help you kick off a healthy 2017.
•100g skinless chicken breast
•Small slice wholewheat bread, cut into cubes
•4 spears of asparagus
•½ cos lettuce, cut in half widthways and leaves separated
•¼ cucumber, cut into batons
•1 medium celery stick, cut into batons
•100g finely grated Parmesan
•1 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt
•1 tsp white wine vinegar
•1 tsp wholegrain mustard


Preheat the grill to medium. Thickly slice the chicken, place on a baking sheet and season. Grill for 10–12 minutes, or until golden then turn over and cook the other side. Cut one of the thicker slices in half to check it’s cooked. There should be no pink juices or fleshy parts inside. Place the chicken in a large bowl.
Add the bread cubes to the baking sheet and grill until golden on both sides then add to the chicken in the bowl.
Slice the asparagus from top to tail along the stalks, or use a vegetable peeler to create shavings. Put in the bowl with the chicken and bread then add the lettuce, cucumber and celery.
Mix together the Parmesan, yogurt, vinegar and mustard and season with black pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad to serve.

5 Japanese Mouth Watering Canned Sardines Recipes

These recipe ideas from Japan show just how delicious fish from a can can be!
When it comes to seafood, sardines are certainly not one of the most popular choices. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who lists them as their favorite snack. When they’re canned, it’s even more difficult to get people to even consider eating them.
In Japan, though, fast and easy recipes are pretty much a necessity when you’re working the typical salaryman life. In your overworked, hazy state of mind, you may have picked up a can of sardines instead of the tuna you were going for. What do you do with it? Japan’s mottainai lifestyle–“waste not, want not”–means that it’s not okay to throw it away. This sentiment is perfectly summed up in this recipe for leftover KFC soup.
That’s where the creative genius of Japanese cooks come in. We’ve found five recipes that use canned sardines in ways we never could have come up with on our own.

1. The Man-killer Rice Bowl

Donburi recipes – your favorite ingredients piled on top of a bowl of rice – are a go-to for those who want to eat abundantly and quickly. This sardine rice bowl is especially simple and bears a slightly frightening name. The Otoko-koroshi don – “The Man-killer Rice Bowl” – is named after a dish that was featured in novelist Yoko Mori’s essay, You’re What’s for Dessert (Dessert wa Anata). It’s said there isn’t a man alive that can finish the whole thing.
Japanese cooks proved that wrong pretty quickly. If you’re brave enough to try it, all you’ll need are a can of sardines, green onions, soy sauce, cooking sake, and rice. Here’s Cookpad user Kyoko0007‘s recipe, which she says is a big hit with her family:
1. Empty a can of sardines into a frying pan and turn on the heat.
2. While the sardines are frying, chop up some green onion.
3. Add a tablespoon each of soy sauce and cooking sake when the sardines are heated through.
4. Finally, put some steaming rice into a bowl and top it off with three sardines and green onion.

2. Sardines Mixed with Japanese Ginger and Rice

Some of the most convenient dishes can be made using one piece of kitchenware: a rice cooker. You can make tons of recipes using only a rice cooker, like these green tea pancakes. In this sardine recipe, Cookpad user KT121 combined the two powerful flavors of canned sardines and ginger in order to create this surprisingly delectable dish. Here’s how to make enough for two people:
1. Wash two servings of rice and add it to the rice cooker bowl.
2. After adding one and a half tablespoons of soy sauce, two tablespoons of cooking sake, and 2/3 of a teaspoon of sugar or brown sugar, use water to provide the rest of the necessary liquid to cook the rice.
3. Thoroughly drain the oil from the sardines, then add that along with a head of minced ginger to the rice cooker.
4. Press the “cook rice” button and cook as you normally would.
5. When the rice is done cooking, add three small cloves of sliced myoga, or Japanese ginger.
6. Mix everything together in the rice bowl, then transfer your desired amount into a serving bowl.
7. Top it off with chopped green onions and shiso (Japanese basil) to your liking.

3. Canned Sardine Pasta Peperoncino Style

Japanese cooks have perfected the classic mixture of sardines and pasta. The best part? You probably have most of these ingredients sitting in your kitchen cabinets already. This recipe from Nissui makes enough for one serving:
1. Start by boiling a serving of spaghetti.
2. In a frying pan, combine half the oil in one can of sardines with one minced clove of garlic and one chopped red chili pepper.
3. When the ingredients start to give off an aroma, add half a thinly sliced onion.
4. Add the sardines when the onions are cooked slightly.
5. Finally, mix in the spaghetti and add salt. You can also try adding some celery or some tomato sauce to it too!

4. Sardines and Cheesy Breadcrumb Bake

Here’s a sardine recipe that will satisfy cheese and bread lovers. Pecolly user Kamekichi Papa came up with this recipe after puzzling over how to get rid of his alarming stock of canned sardines. There’s basically no prep involved, so this is a great recipe to throw together when you’re in a rush and curious about what canned sardines would taste like with cheese.
1. To start, drain the oil from one can of sardines and add the fish to a bake-safe dish.
2. Add in a heaping spoonful of pizza sauce, sprinkle on some pizza cheese, and add a tablespoon of breadcrumbs.
3. Throw it in the toaster oven for about 5 minutes, top it off with some Tabasco sauce, and voila! You’ve used up that can of sardines that’s been sitting on the counter for way too long.

5. Canned Sardines Ajillo Garlic Oil Fry

You can use this recipe to trick your friends into thinking you’re stylish. This Spanish-inspired dish gifted to us by Cookpad user indiansun requires only a few simple ingredients. The only thing you might not have on hand is a baguette, but that just means a short trip to the nearest bakery.
1. Begin by mincing one clove of garlic with some fresh Italian parsley.
2. Next, slice up one red pepper, then slice up your baguette into slices of your desired thickness.
3. Pop open a can of sardines and flavor it up with a splash of lemon juice, along with some salt and pepper. Put the red pepper, garlic, and parley mixture on top.
4. Put both the baguette and the sardine mixture into a grill or toaster oven, making sure they don’t touch.
5. Add a dash of parsley, then cook until the sardines start to sizzle. Recipe: complete!
We hope these sardine dishes gave you some ideas to try out in your own kitchen. Let us know how they turn out! For even more simple recipes, check out this vast collection from our archives.

Oprah’s ‘Number One’ Turkey Burger Recipe

Burgers are best shared with friends, as foodie and newly minted cookbook author Oprah Winfrey sees it.
“My friend Gayle [King] is always on a quest for the all-time best burger, and this version is at the top of her list,” Winfrey says of the pretzel turkey burger recipe featured in her new cookbook Food, Health and Happiness, and in the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

The Weight Watchers shareholder is testament to the idea that eating healthy does not mean skimping on her favorites, losing 42.5 pounds in 2016 (without giving up bread, of course.)
For easy preparation, Winfrey suggests using a Microplane to quickly grate the garlic, which she also uses for shaving hard cheeses. It “grates it so fine and airy that a little goes a long way!,” she says.

Oprah Winfrey’s Pretzel Turkey Burger

Serves 4
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. mango chutney
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. chipotle chili powder
2 garlic cloves, grated
½ Gala apple, coarsely chopped
1 scallion, coarsely chopped
1½ lbs. ground dark-meat turkey
1 tsp. canola oil
4 pretzel buns, toasted
1. Process cilantro, mango chutney, soy sauce, salt, curry powder, chipotle chili powder, garlic, apple and scallion in a food processor until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides as needed.
2. Combine apple mixture and turkey in a large bowl, and mix with hands until thoroughly combined. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, and form each into a loose ball. Pat balls lightly to flatten into ¾-inch-thick patties. Let patties stand at room temperature until they have lost their chill, 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Heat a large, heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium. Add oil, and swirl to coat; add patties. Cook until browned on both sides and a thermometer inserted in center of each patty registers 165°, about 6 minutes per side. Remove from skillet, and serve on pretzel buns with your choice of toppings and condiments.
Active time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Martha Stewart’s Simple Recipe For Upside-Down Cake with Pineapples

We predict this pineapple upside down cake will make an appearance at more than one occasion!


1½ cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus 3 tablespoons (cut into small pieces) for preparing the top
1 cup sugar, plus 2/3 cup for preparing the top
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
7 thin rounds cored pineapple


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. With an electric mixer, cream 6 tablespoons butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with the milk in 2, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix just until combined
3. In a 10-inch cast-iron (or ovenproof nonstick) skillet, add remaining sugar and butter over low heat and while stirring, allow to turn a light caramel color. Then place the pineapple rings and top with the batter.
4. Carefully spoon batter over pineapples in skillet. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
5. Let cake cool in pan 5 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake, then carefully invert onto a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.