I'm working on learning how to cook for myself for the first time in my life, and I've come across some resources that have been really, really helpful. Thought I'd share. I may keep updating this thread.
An incredible site for discovering new recipes and ways to use up odds and ends you have on hand. You enter all the ingredients you have on hand and the site searches cooking sites and generates recipes for everything you have on hand.
Supercook: recipe search by ingredients you have at home
Herb & Spice Substitution Charts
Along the same lines, when you don't have a particular spice or herb, here's a great substitution chart:
Herb Substitution Chart - Home Cooking
Spice Substitution Chart - Home Cooking
Tovolo Mixing Bowls
Have made my life sooo much easier. Just the perfect mixing bowls and salad prep bowls. They have a pour spout on one side, and an indention so you can hold it easy. I also love that they are heavy and weighted on the bottom with a rubber bottom so they won't slide off the counter. They come with lids so they also work for food storage. I bought mine at Bed Bath & Beyond.
JA Henckels Forged Synergy 5" Santoku Knife, Hollow Edge
Love this knife. It cuts veggies and everything else so easily- especially good for chopping. I like how its taller and has indentions- makes it easy to put chopped stuff into a bowl. Its just a great all-around knife. Also from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
J.A. Henckels International - 5" Santoku Knife, Hollow Edge
Avocado Slicer- Completely useless.
It doesn't fit into most avocados. Seemed like a good idea but its not.
Bed Bath & Beyond - Avocado Slicer