Updraft Plus: NB. Install this pretty much straight away to make sure those long hours of configuration aren’t wasted if something goes wrong. Use Updraft Plus to make an immediate backup, and then schedule backups at intervals best suited to your blog posting schedule.
Simple Social Icons: This widget adds pretty social icons to add into a sidebar, footer or other widget on your site. It’s nice and flexible in terms of colour and appearance, is simple to use and covers all the big social platforms.
Easy Recipe: There are heaps of recipe plugins out there. I’ve been through a lot of them and there are quite a few others I love. The reason I’m recommending this one is that it keeps it’s formatting in tact when it is auto shipped to an e-mail list via mail chimp, and lots of others don’t. It is also easy to use but doesn’t offer some features in the free version which other plugins do offer. Adding an image to your recipe, or making text bold etc are pro-version features, so an upgrade to pro will probably be needed sooner rather than later. The pro-upgrade is reasonably priced at $24.95. I use this plugin for instructables also, just to offer an easy print option.
Regenerate Thumbnails: This plugin comes in handy you change a wordpress theme, and all of a sudden your images, which sized perfectly in the old theme, look a bit all over the place in the new theme. Install this, run it, and all will be well again.