This summer's challenge...
Jun. 28, 2009 9:06 pm
Updated: Jun. 29, 2009 9:56 pm
... So, hopefully the third time is a charm with this entry. I was completely finished with my writing last night and in hopes of finding spell check, I pushed a button I should not have pushed, which erased my entire writing. THEN, I had completely rewritten what I had to say when the power went out as a result of the violent thunderstorm. Eek. So, here is try three.
For those of you who already know me, you know last summer's cooking challenge was to clean out my dry good pantry and deep freezer, which had reached survivalist proportions. I managed to go from early July through the end of October without shopping for anything other than fresh produce and dairy products. I could actually have gone longer, but the remaining ingredients in my freezer were requiring way more creativity in menu planning than I was willing to dedicate in the throes of the school year. I documented my experiences with recipes, pictures and stories on my original blog (linebetweengeniusandinsanity.blogspot.com).
This summer, I have decided to challenge myself again. I am going to utilize the cookbooks which are currently taking up about 15% of the shelf space in my library. Each week, I am going to select 5 cookbooks at random. Then, I am going to prepare as many recipes as possible that week from those 5 cookbooks. If I come across a cookbook that has NO recipes I have any desire to make, I must dispose of it, either by donating or giving it to a more worthy owner (namely someone who will use it). I will put it back in rotation, though, if the cookbook contains recipes I have used and/or will use in the near future. For instance, I grabbed my "Sweet Serendipity" cookbook this week. I have made some fabulous recipes from this cookbook, but have no need to make a fancy dessert this week. I do not feel that this lovely cookbook deserves the boot just because I bought two containers of ice cream on sale today, and made my husband a Mojito Pie.
This week I selected the following Cookbooks:
Pillsbury Magazine Cookbook: September 2007 Casseroles and Slow Cookers
Pillsbury Magazine Cookbook: May 2008 Bake-Off Winners
Pillsbury Magazine Cookbook: June 2008 Potlucks
A Taste of Grace (Church cookbook)
The Irish Heritage Cookbook
(Sweet Serendipity, which I put back into rotation)
I will document the results of this challenge with stories, recipes and photos on this my *new* blog. Because I am feeling spunky, and because I have perfected my ability to copy and paste on the computer, I will also keep track of this challenge on my original blog. Check there for my more opinionated writings, as well.
Today, I made Sloppy Joes from the church cookbook, and a Creamy Mojito Pie from the Bake-Off cookbook. Stay tuned for recipes and pictures!