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Review by Debbie Mazo


Between career obligations, carpooling, and school events, today's modern family is hard pressed to find time to sit down for a meal. If you're burning the candle at both ends, there's no need to sacrifice good eating. For time-challenged chefs everywhere, shows you how to make great meals in the shortest time possible.

BusyCooks.comLaunched in November of 1999 by Shawn and Melody Auguston, this quick-cooking resource features high-speed cooking solutions for people who love good food but just don't have the time to prepare it. Full of recipe suggestions and preparation techniques, this easy-to-navigate site will help you prepare an inventive meal and beat the clock at the click of your mouse.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the site's live videos will teach you the basics in short order. Just select a recipe, load up your media player, and click play. From Bananas Foster to Chicken Dijon, you can watch a live stream video demonstration of all your favorites.

For quick cooking, it's all in the recipe. At, you'll experience instant gratification with a growing collection submitted by the site's loyal readers as well as a Featured Recipe on the homepage. Creative categories range from Poultry on the Stove-Top to Cookies for all Occasions to Breads and Muffins. For a fast and healthy entrée, serve the Porterhouse Steak and Italian Vegetables featuring seasoned steak with zucchini, red bell pepper, and yellow squash. If you're a bread fan, you'll love the varied choices of baked goods ranging from No-Knead Bread to Olive Brushchetta.

Out of baking soda or unsure which spice to use? Then, check out the site's help files for quick answers to your most pressing cooking questions. You can also submit queries to the site's Community Forum where readers submit even more of their quick cooking favorites. At, you can also sign up in advance for the Busy Cooks free cooking magazine delivered right to your front door. The magazine promises more meal ideas and new kitchen tools and techniques you can easily put to use. With all these quick ideas at your fingertips, you'll be a true believer when it comes to the site's motto: making cooking easier, faster, and more rewarding!


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.



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