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Knowledge is a wonderful terrible thing or as my husband said "Knowledge sucks the fun out of food" 
Feb. 9, 2010 9:20 am 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2010 6:06 am
In our quest to eat better I looked at the nutritional info for  a favorite restaurant.

It was enlightening and horrifying.

The other day I had a grilled bbq chicken salad that had a whopping 1060 calories.  For the day
I had it that was actually ok because I had only had a sandwich 14 hours before.  But on a normal day it would have been catastrophic.

We have decided that we are going to try and recreate our favorites at home. 

That is an unexpected benefit of allrecipes, so much of this stuff I have no clue about but a simple search gives me many versions and for the most part one close enough to what I want it is easy enough to alter.

We are finding that we make better tasting and cheaper food at home that what we get going out.

Feb. 9, 2010 10:19 am
Your better food quest here on AR is exactly what I've started for my wife and myself. I do have several recipe books of healthy eating and I do use them- kinda. I find a recipe in them and then go to AR and find a tastier version thats just as healthy. Good luck in your quest.
Feb. 9, 2010 10:51 am
Thanks Mike, Good Luck to you to. I agree about cross-referencing cook books and the site. For the most part the reviews by people are very helpful too. Substitutions and techniques that I might not have thought of.
Feb. 9, 2010 2:03 pm
I am becoming discouraged with restaurant food in the whole - not great value for the money and, in a number of instances, poor service. At least preparing and eating at home means I can tweak the recipes with nothing but praises for the cook! lol
Feb. 9, 2010 10:03 pm
Debs you are so right about the restaurants. Praises and clean plates are good incentives lol.
Feb. 11, 2010 7:56 pm
can't beat good homemade food :)
Feb. 13, 2010 6:06 am
Too bad it doesn't take the darn calories with it! Right? Ahhh if only.....! Since we started making out own pizza we dont order it any longer. May not exactly be cheaper but it SURE is fresher and lots more healthy! Kids like it better too which pleases me to no end! Eating out is pricey with 7 of us so we have tried to experiment with duplicating our favorite items at home. The Outback bread on AR is spot on for starters. Have fun - sounds like an exciting meal journey you are on! Keep a watch on the fiber content - try to up that where you can. I did Weight Watchers and spend my calories like $$$$ (typical chick, right?) and it allows me to indulge and then balance out afterward.
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I am 38 years old. I love looking at cookbooks and searching for new recipes to try. Luckily my husband likes more stuff than I do so I know if I would probably like it so will he. After his cancer diagnosis we are trying harder to make the things we eat a little better for us.
My favorite things to cook
My mothers veggie soup. I get requests for my lemon bars and macadamia nut cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When my mother was alive we would come up with any reason whatsoever for a potluck.
My cooking triumphs
When I went to make my husband my mothers bread stuffing and he was EXTREMELY skeptical of it. I stuffed a 15lb turkey and filled a 6qt crockpot and there were no leftovers. Now we make a turkey so we can have stuffing.
My cooking tragedies
Hands down--EGGPLANT PARMESAN. The recipe called for the eggplant to be grilled on a standard grill pan until pliant. Seemed simple enough but we did not notice the smoke filling the kitchen,kitchen eating area,tv room and den(it is a very large open area). All of a sudden the fire alarm went off and the alarm company was calling to see what was going on. His quote to the operator "my girlfriend is just cooking." I could have just died--thankfully the fire trucks didn't come all the way to the house. What was really a bummer is the smell of grilled eggplant took forever to go away and the dish was definitly not to our taste. It's a couple years since I first found this site and the Eggplant Parmesan is still my biggest disaster....and one of our biggest laughs.
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