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Virtual stress relief from Eckerd College Library.

Cooking and Baking



Who doesn't love a good cookie? Nothing beats the smell of delicious cookies baking in the kitchen. There are so many recipes to choose from, where do you begin? Epicurious has aggregated the 107 best cookie recipes and we're here for it! Which one will you try?

Image attribution: Photo by Chealsea Kyle, Food Styling by Kat Boytsova


Baker's hands brushing off flour over bread dough

Peaceful Cuisine

If you're seeking calm and tranquil videos, give Peaceful Cuisine a try. These videos are a great way to focus on the sights and sounds of cooking. Warning: you may finish a video with a sense of calm, but you may also be hungry.

Image attribution: "Baked Baking Chef Dough" by Malidate Van from Pexels

Four macarons in purple, pink, orange and green stacked on a table

NYT Cooking

The New York Times Cooking channel on YouTube has both aspirational and quarantine-pantry friendly recipes. Using your time to get your pantry in order? They have a video for that as well!

Image attribution: "Four Macaroons" by Arminas Raudys from Pexels

Hand holds a slice of bread toasted and decorated to resemble a dog's face


You can't go wrong with Tasty's collection of cooking videos--everything from Make It Fancy using popular canned goods to trying out a 140-year-old cake recipe.

Image attribution: "Slice of Loaf Bread with Dog Face" by Buenosia Carol from Pexels

A pale brown sweet tart in a pan is broken and crumbling on a dark blue surface

You Suck At Cooking

Cooking not really your thing, but quarantine's forcing you to fend for yourself? You Suck At Cooking might be able to help with some no-frills recipes to get you through!

Image attribution: "Sweet tart crust fail" by Joy licensed under CC BY 2.0

Bird Watching

An American Robin sits on the branch of a tree

Cornell All About Birds

This online bird guide can help you identify birds and learn more about them from Cornell University. Check out Merlin on their site or the mobile app to help you identify the birds you see.

Image attribution: "American Robin" by Becky Matsubara licensed under CC BY 2.0

American crow on pavement in front of greenery

National Audubon Society Guide to North American Birds

Looking to use your quarantine time to befriend your local murder of crows?

Learn more about them and other local birds through the National Audubon Society's Guide!

Image attribution: "American Crow" by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren licensed under CC BY 2.0

Black capped chickadee sits on a tree branch in the rain


Another option to visually identify birds you have spotted is WhatBird. Their forums are also active with fellow birders.

Image attribution: "Black-capped Chickadee" by Minette Layne licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0