ImageIf you’re like me, you spend a lot of time wondering what to make for dinner. Finding unique dinner recipes for every night is a near impossibility, I think we’ve all accepted that, but having one night every week or two where you make a special meal seems like a fairly reasonable feat. Dinner recipes are very easy to come by online, but some of the ones that you’ll find just aren’t that great, there’s no two ways about it. Sifting through the mass dinner recipes on the web can be a daunting task, but here are a few tips that I’ve discovered over the past couple months that might help.

Finding food blogs chefs or even gourmet magazine recipes from high ranking restaurants are great ways to go. The standard for a lot of people is to just watch the Food network or even some Martha Stewart here and there to get her dinner recipes. That works, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a lot of individuality that gets lost with that. There are so many people out there that will be repeating that recipe, so to really get that sense of individuality; you’ll want to find dinner recipes that aren’t really that readily available.

This can be a bit confusing: how can you find a unique and delicious dinner recipe that everyone doesn’t know about? You don’t need to be a tech genius or internet wizard to find it, you just need to open your mind about where to look. Many luxury hotels like the Four Seasons offer gourmet recipes that anyone can look up. They have dinner recipes and dessert recipes that give step-by-step instructions and tips for you to refer back to. You can even leave a comment or read other people’s comments about the success of the dish, how it tasted, the difficulty, anything. It’s a great way to get some feedback and extra knowledge before you set out on it.

Another option is to review professional food blogs. While the dinner recipes you find on these may be largely popular, you’ll have access to the comments that other people leave. Sometimes you’ll find people leave links to their own food blogs or their spin on a recipe. If you’re lacking inspiration to change up a recipe, this is a great way to go. Small tweaks can make many diner recipes a unique experience that will really set you apart.

Looking back on food blogs that you’ll encounter is a great way to bookmark ideas for future meals as well. As seasons change, tastes change. You may find dinner recipes for a delicious stew or Sheppard’s pie that doesn’t have much bearing in the summer, but will be a huge hit in the winter. Making these little notes is a great way to build your own cookbook as well, so that’s always something worth considering as well.