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I Haven't Burned the Kitchen Down Yet...

Return of the Blog! 
Jan. 9, 2014 7:37 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 6:18 am

Ok, so haven't posted to this in over 3 1/2 years, but it's a new year so I figure, why not?

Over the past few years I've been sharpening my cooking skills, learning new techniques and gathering recipes that my family loves.  One big problem I have, though, is that I tend to spend more time picking out recipes than actually making them!  I have notebooks filled with references for recipes I want to make (cookbook name, recipe name, and page, all methodically written out) and while I have made a fair few of the recipes, there are a vast number of ones I HAVEN'T made yet.

I've decided that this year I'm going to try to change that.  I'll be starting with the recipes I've saved right here one All Recipes.  I figured I'll work chronologically, starting with the recipes I pinned first and working up to the most recent ones.  I also figure this will help me weed out any recipes I don't need to save (do I really NEED 7 different buttermilk pancake recipes?  Well ok, maybe I do. We'll see)

I've just started, but so far it's going great.  Roasted Brussels Sprouts was my first recipe, and they were FANTASTIC.  Never thought I'd say I LOVE Brussels sprouts, but I do now. This first success makes me eager to try more of the recipes I've saved over the years.  Plus, I'm rating them as I make them, so I will easily be able to keep track of which ones I've made and which I haven't.

Also, I (like half the other people in this country) have made the yearly "I vow to eat healthier and lose weight" New Year's Resolution.  Whether it lasts, I don't know yet, but I've seen some truly delicious looking recipes on here that would mean eating healthier won't be so hard.  Plus, nutritional information for most of the recipes! I love this feature. It's so easy to overlook and just blindly throw together food without realizing how much fat/salt/sugar it contains.  I'm trying to cut back on those (dad has high cholesterol, mom is diabetic, so I need to be careful) so hopefully I'll get better at making healthy AND yummy choices.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this, and hope to make a major dent in my "recipes to be made" list.  Wish me luck!

Jan. 9, 2014 10:06 pm
Good luck on making more of your recipes this year! That sounds like a great goal. Also, good luck on eating healthier... I am trying to do that myself, and agree that lot of the healthy recipes I have found do look really good! Best of luck and keep us posted on what turns out well! :)
Jan. 10, 2014 9:54 am
Good luck on actually making recipes rather than just collecting them :) I'll tell you what I do. I make out my menus using allrecipes. I decide on the entree first, using different meats like poultry, beef, pork, etc. Then I decide which sides go with those entrees. I have a very organized, huge, bulging recipe box here on allrecipes and can just go to whatever category I want to find something that looks delicious. The menu planner here might make it easier for you too. Good luck, and as kate said, let us know what you cook!
Jan. 11, 2014 6:23 am
Happy and healthy new year!
Jan. 12, 2014 6:18 am
Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! I'll be posting again soon!
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About Me
I started cooking around the time I turned 20, and have been honing my skills for the past five years. I am in no way an expert, but I enjoy trying out new recipes and discovering new tasty combinations.
My favorite things to cook
I've been trying to cook healthier lately, though I have no problem indulging every once in a while. I love recipes that are quick to get on the table, since I work late and commute a substantial distance to get home. However, I love breaking out more in-depth recipes on the weekend.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom never cooked much when I was growing up, but my grandma was an amazing cook and baker, so my desire to learn how to cook sprung from her. She would make the most amazing cookies and desserts, and you always had to go to her house hungry, because she'd feed you whether you liked it or not! I doubt I'll ever be quite as good as her, but at least it's a goal to work towards.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean marinated grilled chicken, and my roasted veggies (particularly kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts) have earned raves from my boyfriend (which is really saying something!)
My cooking tragedies
Sugar cookie cutouts are the bane of my existence. I'm not sure if I just haven't found the right recipe or if I simply don't possess the gene needed to make them. I always run into trouble when it comes to rolling the dough. Still, I won't give up (not sure if this is perseverance or stupidity)and I'm going to make a decent batch of them, even if it kills me...which it just might.
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