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Oct. 7, 2013 12:28 pm 
Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 4:21 pm
I have never before considered having a cooking blog, yet I think documenting my progress toward master chef (sarcasm) could be rather interesting.

My purpose in using this website is to eat out less and cook at home more, with the expectation of saving a little money in the long run.  Personally, I'd like to have the cooking thing down before I'm married so that we're not eating bologna sandwiches for lunch everyday, not that there's a current prospect!  I don't know how long, however, it will take me to be an efficient cook.  For now, I'm looking for quick and simple and made at home.  I can't wait to see what happens!

This week, I'll be cooking mini-pizzas using grands biscuits, tacos, fettuchini, and tuna melts.  Shouldn't be too difficult, and if it works out, I've added two new dishes (tuna melt and mini pizzas) to my cooking repertoire.  None of the recipes were very intimidating and I think it will be a great way to start this new initiative off.  
Oct. 7, 2013 2:36 pm
beware amy. you WILL get sucked in. it could easily become an expensive addiction. you'll buy gadgets for that one recipe, you will buy new tools, new pots and pans, you will need a nicer refrigerator, stove dishwasher, microwave, bread-maker, better blender, a REAL mixer ( as well as the immersion blender and cordless hand-held), new knives, new cutting boards ( you know, or will soon, the RIGHT ones ) and in a short amount of time you will discover that your new stuff won't fit in your, you now need to either re-model the current counter-tops, double or even triple sinks, and of course new flooring ( big mistake, believe me) or buy a new kitchen surrounded with a house. stick to responsible eating out and buy a used vw camper van in key west ( it's gonna be cheaper..and no dishes too ) and grab a fishing pole and crab net. you'll thank me later.
Oct. 7, 2013 2:41 pm
Hi Amy! Welocome! I'm so excited for you! Once you get bit by the ol cooking bug you'll find its fun and adventurous! Good on ya for starting'll find lots of awesome recipes and a lot of support on here my friend! Happy Cooking!
Oct. 7, 2013 2:46 pm
Ps.... don't listen to gderr although thats pretty much the way it sometimes goes! Lol!!!
Oct. 8, 2013 6:46 am
Ha-ha gderr! But would you really deny her the satisfaction, the admiration, & the taste of a job well done? She will have children - shouldn't they get wonderful home-cooked meals & traditions? Amy: WELCOME ABOARD! I hope you are like most of us that would rather be cooking than just about anything else. It's fun, productive and share-able with friends & family. You don't have to go overboard with tools, cookware or storage space! Spend that money on good ingredients & spices - make your own mixes - AR has lots of salad dressing & seasoning blends - see the taco ones. You will save money! Don't buy unhealthy prepared foods - biscuits & pizza dough are two of the cheapest & easiest breads to make! No mixer needed! No chemicals in them! And be sure to read the buzz - you won't believe the education you will get from there! And ask questions. Above all else: ENJOY!
Oct. 8, 2013 6:51 am
gderr is so right, but you also need to build a humongus spice rack. You will find a recipe you want to try, and it will contain a spice you don't have. The supermarket maybe has it, maybe not, but if they do it's so expensive you just can't justify the cost, so off you go to Sprouts or Whole Foods where the spices are very reasonably priced. You put this new spice in a nice new bottle and rack it. Next recipe, another new spice, until you need a whole new cupboard just for all these spices. I now have the biggest collection on the west coast!
Oct. 9, 2013 4:52 am
Welcome Amy! Ask plenty of questions, we love to help on that. It does give you satisfaction of a job well done and the food you cook is better than take-out (most days). Again I say welcome.
Oct. 9, 2013 7:17 am
Welcome Amy. lol yep, that's our famous gderr. scootersandi has it right, check out the buzz for questions, answers and recipes. Here is a recipe you might try. I did this a couple of months ago and I would never have thought how easy it is and so good.
Oct. 9, 2013 7:19 am
Welcome to AR Blogging. A fun way to cook, ask questions on the buzz and write a blog here!
Oct. 9, 2013 1:02 pm
Hi Amy! I'm more of a lurker when it comes to blogging, but comment occasionally. Good luck with your cooking - and I recommend the Best Tuna Melt (New Jersey Diner Style) recipe, if you're still looking. It was yummy (and yogurt subs easily for the mayo too, if you're interested!).
Oct. 10, 2013 4:21 pm
The first meal I made for my husband was Hamburger Helper by request. I ruined it by not browning the meat thoroughly, reasoning it would continue to cook after the rest of the ingredients were added and it simmered. It looked like dog food. He ate it but never requested it again. After that, I began teaching myself how to cook. The best thing I did way back then was to get a copy of Joy of Cooking and read it cover-to-cover over the next year or so. It taught me so many of the basics that I was encouraged to experiment at home and to start taking classes whenever they were offered at our local kitchen store. It took time and dedication but for me there was nothing more rewarding than putting out a lovely meal for family and friends...or just myself. The one thing that helped me in my journey was to first learn the basics, then branch out by category. I learned how to make choux paste ( pretty easy stuff that cream puff dough but oh so impressive and a real confidence-builder!) and then moved on to pie dough and and finally bread. I found that each step broadened my kitchen knowledge foundation whether it was for sweet or savory, soups or sauces, appetizers or sides. And one day I realized I had become a pretty darn good cook overall. I still take classes several times a year because there is always something new to learn. You've come to the right place to have all your questions answered and with a wealth of help literally at your fingertips I am certain you will become an accomplished cook in short order. Oh and gderr is right--if you get the bug, you might as well start saving for that kitchen as it's likely to cost more than your wedding by the time you are done ;-) Congratulations on your adventure. The kitchen truly is the heart of the home and there is no place I'd rather be. May you find that same joy and pass it on to your children and grandchildren. But first, perfect the pizzas. Then you can try making your own pizza's really easy too :-)
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