Thursday, August 26, 2010
My name is Annie and I'm a cookbook junkie.
I like food.
I like grocery stores.
I like restaurants.
Instead of shaping my passion, my passion has shaped me.
And that's why I'm at Spark.
I have a bazillion cookbooks. You name it; I probably have it. It can be quite a mind boggling experience to try to remember which favorite recipes are in which book!
No, I am not a chef or a food editor. I am not a gourmet cook. My profession was not related to cooking or food.
I like to read cookbooks. I search for recipes online. I surf cooking websites. I visit cooking shows or the food channel. I clip recipes to add to my notebooks. I should be a fabulous cook, sigh.
I make notes in my cookbooks, listing date and what I thought of the recipe, whether to make it again, if it would be good to serve dinner guests, if a family member loved or hated it. I note other options to improve or change the recipe.
I laugh when I see used cookbooks on online auction sites where the seller smugly lists their pristine condition. I love to get a cookbook that someone has written in and added recipes in their own handwriting. There must be other cookbook junkies like me, because the bidding can get high for a falling apart book full of a lifetime of notes and added recipes.
I like cookbooks that are a collection of recipes submitted by real people. Fundraising cookbooks and Taste of Home cookbooks are a few. Fix it and Forget it are a series of spiral bound books for the slow cooker. The Quilters cookbooks are favorites. My most falling-apart cookbook is a soft cover by Women's Circle, with real recipes by real people.
I experiment. I improve. Win some, lose some. For that reason, having dinner guests is unpredictable. Pizza, anyone?
One of my favorite cookbooks, especially this time of year, is the GardenWay's Joy of Gardening cookbook. GardenWay also put out the Zucchini cookbook, by far the best one I've seen. This year I put together my own zucchini cookbook when I ran out of places to write in the Zucchini cookbook. It has grown to include other vegetables.
I visited the zucchini recipes on Spark today. There are many similarities in the recipes. One that I found last year on Spark, is baked zucchini (or zucchini crisps, or other variations.) The simplest version tells me to spray a cookie sheet, slice a zucchini in rounds, spray the rounds with cooking spray, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake. Yummy. I could make a meal of them. They are best piping hot.
More about where this all leads in a future blog.
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Log, blog and salad challenge - Day 26
Woohoo, it's a perfect 30 day!
Nutrition and fitness logged. Smileys given to spark friends. Blog will be done by the time you read this. Duh.
Salad? Oh, yes! A green replacement salad for dinner tonight. Give me 5 points.
One would think the salad would be a breeze, the easiest part of this challenge. I enjoyed creative salads when I was doing low carb... lots and lots of meal-replacement salads. Even breakfast was tomatoes and cucumbers, or cheese and bacon wrapped in a lettuce leaf, or whatever was on the online menu I was faithfully following. Dinner was a huge bowl of lettuce with all kinds of exciting options.
Since major surgery last Fall, some things that I used to like, don't taste good now. Most greens fall in that category. After a disastrous experience with a Spark recipe, my stomach revolts at the smell of spinach in any form.
My salad tonight was greens. Just do it!
There are salads and then there are salads. Not all salads start with greens. Where there's a will, there's a way.