What's the deal?
I've decided to start posting recipes from time to time. I thought it would be nice for the girls to have a record of recipes that they used to eat growing up so they can cook them later in life. It will also give me an incentive to get back on track to doing the meal planning, sale shopping, and daily cooking that I used to do. When I came back from maternity leave, all of those things fell by the wayside. We've mostly eaten frozen entrees or eaten out for the last few months and we are all tired of it. I think if Bill sees one more Stouffer's lasagna come out of the microwave he's going to go on a hunger strike.
How are you going to do it?
This is going to be a challenge for me because I don't actually follow recipes, I never make anything the same way twice, and I don't measure stuff (which is why you'll probably never see a baking recipe here, I stink at it). I'm thinking those are probably prerequisites to be a chef; good thing I'm not one.
I like to think I am good at cooking, regardless. I figure some osmosis has occurred with my hundreds of hours of watching every Alton Brown Good Eats DVD ever recorded. I have quite a few recipes that others might enjoy if I discipline myself to measure and record things as I go. So, as I cook something for my family, I'll be writing it down to share with you. I'll expect you to let me know if you cooked it and let me know how it turned out and if you changed anything to make it better.
Don't worry. I'll post the recipes after the family ate it and liked it. I won't post anything that was a science experiment gone arwy. Uh, forget I said that. That never happens here. (Why am I grinning like a cheshire cat?)
As far as what I cook, let me remind you I work full time and have two little ones. So simplicity has become a priority. Bill and I love to cook big, elaborate recipes but these days those are saved for weekends or special occassions. I like the ease of one dish meals like crockpots and casseroles. I take shortcuts when I can so I use things like precut frozen veggies to save time where possible. I cook just about any ethnicity of food because I enjoy variety and want to expose the girls to lots of different types of foods. I cook anything from southern comfort food to gourmet foods that seem complicated (but aren't) that are sure to impress company.
Do you do requests?
To make things a little more interesting and interactive, I will take requests for recipes. Want a good recipe for deviled eggs? Tired of cooking pork chops the exact same way every week? Just leave me a comment on any post with of what type of recipe you are looking for. If I don't already have a recipe for it, I'll add it to my weekly meal plan and work out a recipe during the week. That gives me the added bonus of adding cool new recipes I may not have otherwise thought to try so I really hope you guys take advantage of the special request. I love a challenge!
What's in a name?
Now, I just need a clever little name to identify all of my cooking posts so I can categorize them one day. Anyone have any suggestions for my cooking blog segment?