Browsing food photos on Instagram can be inspiring, but when your boss or your mother-in-law is coming over, it’s not the time to try a new recipe from an untested source.
Here are some of the best sites on the web for no-fail dishes to impress. Instapaper or Pocket these links and you’ll be set for the rest of December.
1. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping might seem like an old fashioned source for recipes, but holidays are about tradition. You want a team that knows their food history. Each of their recipes are impeccably written, measured and triple-tested by the most experienced team of recipe developers—totally foolproof. Their “Best Christmas Cookies of All Time” list is the result of over 100 years of practice.
2. Smitten Kitchen
Deb Perelman started blogging from her tiny East Village kitchen in 2006 and quickly became a food industry darling. The cookbook author and award-winning blogger’s photography is inspiring and her recipes are delicious. For the holidays, check in on her Instagram and don’t miss her Homemade Food Gifts on Pinterest.
3. Forward Food
If you’re celebrating Hanukkah, you’ve got eight days of meals to make, so you might need some support. The food section of The Forward covers both the basics and some edgier ideas for the Holiday of Lights. The fuss about Hanukkah is that one day’s oil lasted for eight nights, so the tradition is fried foods—including jelly doughnuts. The Forward has all of the frying tips you need, plus one recipe you never thought you would: weed-infused caramel-filled doughnuts.
4. Thug Kitchen
These irreverent potty-mouthed vegans are determined to muscle Americans into eating more vegetables. Their recipes are awesome, their writing is straightforward and their holiday eating guide, Beastless Feasts, is indispensable.
5. Domestic Man
Russ Crandall, New York Times best-selling cookbook author of Paleo Takeout and The Ancestral Table, is the Domestic Man. His gluten-free Paleo recipes are inspired by traditions here and abroad. His beautiful Instagram will light you up with ideas for clean-eating comfort-food recipes with all of the protein your winter heart craves.
6. Cook’s Illustrated
Cook’s Illustrated runs its kitchens like science labs. They guarantee that if you’ve got the right tools, ingredients and attention, your meals will work right. Their holiday menu planner is the go-to resource for making classic dishes like roast prime rib or southern-style biscuits, where time and temperature are the keys to success.
Saveur is another longtime publication with the luxury of a decades-full library of recipes. When they pick their best-of holiday lists, they’ve got a lot to choose from. Their 43 Best Holiday Party Appetizers of all time is an invaluable exhaustive resource.
8. Nigella Lawson
Nobody does Christmas like the British and Nigella Lawson is the reigning British cooking queen. Her recipes are Instagrammable, easily done and delicious. In spite of her being English, her recipes are all available in cups and ounces, not just metric or Imperial. Be sure to switch the button at the top of each recipe on her website.