We’ve made it through four letters of the alphabet, the ABC’s of Vegetables. We’ve looked at artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, and cabbage and lastly, dandelion greens. I hope you’ve found at least one recipe that appeals to your culinary adventurous spirit. In doing my research, I have. I found asparagus and cabbage recipes that I plan to fix in the near future. I have them in the stack of about 2,356 other new recipes that I plan to fix in the near future.
I have realized that if I prepare a new recipe for dinner each day, or even three new recipes, I will never use all the recipes I have clipped or bookmarked or saved on one of our three computers. It is a little discouraging, especially since I keep on looking and saving more. I cancelled subscriptions to four of the cooking magazines I was receiving. Now I’m down to four and I plan to cancel one that I used to really enjoy.
Cook’s Illustrated has become tiresome. I have decided that the recipes can be too complex, not difficult mind you, just too complicated to be worth the slight increase in their tasters’ enjoyment. I have tried a lot of the recipes “perfected” by the magazine’s staff and just can’t say that they are often worth the extra step(s) recommended. The last issue comes with an invitation to subscribe to their online site for more recipes and tips. Sorry, but if I’m already paying for the magazine, the last thing I want to see at the bottom of an article is the suggestion to join the online version to see more information about the article. So, I’m going to cancel it. That will reduce my clipped recipe increases by a few per month.
Part of the problem is organizational. If I want to fix a chicken breast recipe for example, I have too many places to look. It can be overwhelming, to say the least. Often I will just say “Heck with it. I’ll just fix a quick saute and deglaze the pan.” Of course, then I have to decide with what to deglaze the pan. Wine? Vinegar? Do I add herbs? Fresh? Dried? Do I need to shop for ingredients?
Every year I declare my resolution to go through my recipes (as if I could do it in a year!) and weed them of repeats, ones that no longer are appealing, or ones that are just too unhealthful for me. You know what they say about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. I must be near pergatory by now.
Anyway, tonight we are having chicken. Maybe I’ll find a new recipe to fix. I have a new cookbook to look through.