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All Recipes
Search more than 40,000 free recipes - all created, tested, reviewed and approved by home cooks.

America's Test Kitchen
Get information from the most-watched cooking show on public television. Get great recipes as well as information on how to solve everyday cooking problems and choosing supermarket ingredients and cooking equipment.

Betty Crocker
Offers free recipes and cookbooks for the savviest home chef. Find delicious and great tasting, healthy cooking recipes and ideas from Betty Crocker.

The Cook's Thesaurus
A cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions.

The world's greatest recipe collection. Online home of Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. Featuring recipes, menus, chefs, wine, drinks, cooking demos.

Food Network
A web site devoted to all things food with a recipe for every occasion.

Kraft Interactive Kitchen
Offers a meal-planner, recipes by e-mail, and your own on-site recipe box.

Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center: Cooking & Beverages
Links to online cooking conversion calculators, measurement charts, and recipe conversions and more.

US federal guide offering access to all government web sites with reliable and accurate information on nutrition and dietary guidance.

USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory
Search the USDA Agricultural Research Service's database for the complete nutritional content of individual food items.


Cyndi's Catalog of Garden Catalogs
The home gardener's one stop to find all the mail-order gardening catalogs in the US and Canada.

Dallas Arboretum
Visitor and member information, educational programs and information about the annual Dallas Blooms festival.

Organic Gardening information from the Howard Garrett, the Dirt Doctor.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The oldest botanic garden in Texas is home to over 2500 species of native and exotic plants.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Japanese Garden
Information about the 7-acre Japanese garden contained within the botanic garden.

Guides to flowers, herbs, and vegetables, tips, recipes, and herbal news.

The largest gardening site on the Web, with garden forums, articles on gardening, directories of nurseries, gardens and gardening organizations and more.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Learn about the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center whose mission is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes.

Neil Sperry's Gardens
Information for Texas gardeners by well-known gardener, Neil Sperry.

Plants National Database
Information on 45,000 plants found in the U.S., including synonyms, distribution maps, growth habits, origin, perennial/annual status, classification, and related plants. Many entries include images. From the National Plant Data Center.

Texas Master Gardener
Information on how to become a Texas Master Gardener, plant care and cultivation, plant diseases, recommended plants for Texas, links to retailers/wholesalers and more.

Texas Native Plant Society
Promotes the conservation, research, and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas.

Texas Smartscape
The Texas SmartScape program uses native and adapted plants and trees to create landscapes that need less water, pesticides, and fertilizer to thrive in the North Central Texas.


ACE Interactive How-To's
Find the answers and products you'll need to complete your home improvement projects. These multimedia lessons provide you with quick, accurate know-how to help you complete that never-ending list of projects. Brought to you by the National Retail Hardware Association.

Helpful hints about home appliances, including tips for the do-it-yourselfer and when to call the professionals.

Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvement
Inspiration to create bathrooms, kitchens, garages, home offices, decks, and patios you'll love. We also have home plans, weekend projects, storage solutions, and more.

Information on home improvement plus tips for building, remodeling, repairing, and decorating around the house.

Learn about the government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Transform your home with inspiration and instruction for home design, decorating, home improvement, landscaping and more from HGTV projects and videos.

Household Products Database
Get reliable information from the National Library of Medicine about health concerns connected to a product, safe handling and disposal procedures, lists of toxic chemical ingredients, manufacturer name and phone number.  Includes information on automotive products, household products, pesticides, landscape/yard products, pet care products, and materials relating to arts and crafts, personal care and home maintenance.

Offers an extensive collection of free information about maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs for dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, and other household appliances.


About Dogs Online
Information on pet adoptions, animal shelters and pet health. Find out about dog breeds, puppy training information and dog health tips.

Learn about cat breeds, health, nutrition, behavior and more.

City of Bedford Online Kennel
The Online kennel is provided by the City of Bedford Animal Control & Shelter, a municipally funded animal shelter serving the citizens of Bedford.

Pet care resources provided by the American Animal Hospital Association. Find a veterinarian, veterinary clinic or animal hospital for pets and learn about proper pet care.

Humane Society of North Texas
A non-profit organization serving Tarrant and surrounding counties since 1905.

Hundreds of in-depth articles on the anatomy, grooming, behavior, reproduction, feeding, vaccination, parasites, infections, and other diseases of pets.

Pet care information and pet health information with over 5,000 veterinarian approved articles.