Thursday, September 4, 2008
Confessions of a fair to middlin' cook
Have you ever looked at your life and said, "What is the one thing I could do that would make the most difference?" I don't usually do it, but at this point, it is hitting me over the head. I know that if I could really immerse myself in cooking, it would really improve my family life. But, I just don't do it. It isn't that I don't want to (okay, maybe it is) but mostly it is that I don't know how. I would love to spend a month or so at a good cooking school (alright, just about anywhere but doing dishes would be good) but, like most of the rest of the world, I just can't. So, I continue to plod away, making the same kinds of things, day in and day out, and not really enjoying it. It isn't that I can't follow a recipe, I can! I am actually pretty good at following a recipe. I just don't have enough recipes I really like, and I am horrible at recognizing good ones! And there are very few things I detest more than putting a bunch of work into something and then having it turn out like slop! So my question is, how do you identify good recipes? Really, I would love to just request everyone's favorite recipe. I figure, if I could get one GREAT recipe from everyone I know, I could toss out the ones that just don't match my taste and still have a good stockpile of tried-and-true recipes. So, who wants to share? I know, I wouldn't really take the time to do it either, but here's hoping!