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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 ( 

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! 

Jun. 28, 2009 9:18 pm
So, it turns out the fifth time was actually the charm. Good night all. It's my bed time.
Jun. 29, 2009 12:26 am
Belle! So glad to finally 'see' you again! And glad you are writing here now, too. I look forward to the upcoming saga... (Shhh, don't let my DH hear you talking about disposing of old cookbooks, he will get wild ideas!). How was the wedding? See you 'round. :D
Jun. 29, 2009 7:36 am
great idea. love cookbooks but the shelf is bending under the weight. so i'll think about this great idea...(am i strong enough to follow it through?...)
Jun. 29, 2009 7:37 am
great idea. love cookbooks but the shelf is bending under the weight. so i'll think about this great idea...(am i strong enough to follow it through?...)
Jun. 29, 2009 7:46 am
Love cookbooks! My favorite ones are the church cookbooks. Everyone submits their best recipes. There is always something good in them. But it would be so tough to get rid of any cookbook!!
Jun. 29, 2009 12:08 pm
So glad to see your blog here my friend! I am looking forward ot reading all about your summer challenge!
Jun. 29, 2009 9:56 pm
Okay, so I am feeling inspired to accept the challenge (You didn't really challenge us, but what the heck) I do need to make room so I'm going to try to do the same thing with my cookbooks. It's been so long, since finding AR, since I actaully looked thru them to try to find recipes I WANT to make. Thanks for the inspiration Belle. ♥
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Growing up, my nanny used to make her own pasta sauce using fresh tomatoes in season, but canned tomatoes in the winter. I watched her do it all of the time, and she used the pasta sauce in all of the same dishes that we always used the jar variety. One day, when I was in middle school, I decided I was going to make lasagna. I had watched my mom make lasagna a myriad of times, so I was confident I could do it too. However, I didn't realize until half-way into the process that I didn't have any spaghetti sauce. I figured I would just "make" some, like my nanny always did. I guess I forgot that she let the sauce simmer for hours, because I just threw all of the ingredients together and the used it as my sauce. The noodles didn't bake. It was soggy and crunchy at the same time. It was a disaster. My dad ate it to be polite, but my brother took one look at it and asked if we had any peanutbutter. Even after numerous successful lasagnas and close to 15 years later, my brother sti
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