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

Progress Report 
Jan. 20, 2014 5:52 am 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2014 5:43 am

So, I'm happy to report that I've completed my first full week of "cooking through my recipe box" and I've made 17 recipes so far!! I'm really happy with my progress. I didn't expect to make so many in one week. Plus, as an added bonus, by shopping sales and using things I already had in my pantry/freezer, I only spent $16 on a week's worth of meals. Yay!

Still, cooking full meals night after night can become a bit tiring, especially after a long night of work. To combat this, I rely on a few freezer meals that I've prepped ahead of time. This way all I have to do is pop something in the oven and let it cook. This is really convenient for those days I just want to come home and eat quickly.

Although only week two, this week is going to be a bit of a challenge for me. For some reason I haven't been sleeping well lately. I haven't changed anything, no new medications, no new day-to-day activities. I just can't seem to fall asleep and when I do, I wake up every hour. It's making me really groggy, which in turn makes me not really want to cook at the end of the day. I'm doing the best I can to stick with this though. I don't want to give up. I might just be picking out a few quicker and easier meals to make.

I've also been working on cleaning up my recipe box a bit. I started with almost 400 recipes. I know this isn't as many as some, but looking through it I realized it was more than I needed. When I began, I planned on making everything I had saved.  One of the first recipes on my list was a vanilla cheesecake. Now, I love cheesecake. The recipe sounded really tasty. I even went out and bought all of the ingredients. Then I started thinking about it. Does my family really need an entire cheesecake? We're not great at monitoring our portion sizes, and only two people in the house like cheesecake anyway.  Since we're all trying to eat healthier, I decided making an entire cheesecake right now probably isn't the best choice. I immediately deleted the recipe and made a healthier dessert instead.

Does that mean I'll never make cheesecake or anything else indulgent? Of course not. It means I'd like to be a little farther along in a healthy lifestyle before making something so tempting. I've been sorting though my recipes and deleting ones that I deem unnecessary.  I still have plenty of dessert recipes saved, but I don't need 100+.  I can easily see myself using it as an excuse to make a million desserts, saying I'm just working my way through my recipe box, and ending up with far more tasty-and unhealthy-treats than I need right now.

I'm hoping week two of my project goes as well as week one, and I hope to still be going strong when I finish the last item in my recipe box!

Jan. 20, 2014 10:46 am
Best of luck to you! I discovered I was saving recipes I'd probably never make either, so I deleted those. I still have somewhere around 1800 recipes! I also have a gazillion cookbooks - I love collecting cookbooks. In my defense I do read them and even make something out of each and every one of them. I started a folder in my recipe box I titled "Tried and Liked". After I make a recipe, I review it, then I place it in that folder if I liked it and plan on making it again. It makes it easier to find recipes I want to go back to.
Jan. 25, 2014 5:43 am
Hi, this is Indiana Peggy. I have recently started a healthier eating phase also. In fact, my husband and I joined Weight Watchers in October and together we are eating healthier (and much less). I too went through my recipe box and DELETED. Now, there are still some old favorites in there that I may make to take to a pitch in, where we'll be able to have a few bites. But, I removed a lot of temptation. Some recipes though I just needed to keep to read and imagine...sort of like having a book on the shelf you know you'll never read, but you enjoy seeing it sitting there!
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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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