Jan 26, 2009
I am not a great cook. I'm a good cook, just not fantastic. That's mostly because I get so nervous to try new things. That has changed!
My MIL gave me a cookbook with her favorite recipes for Christmas in 2000. I used it a few times, but mostly it just hung out in my drawer with my apron. When we lived with our friends, he did most of the cooking. He's a way better cook then I am, so it was the best idea. There were a few meals I would make that everyone raved about, but generally I left the cooking to someone else.
Last year, my MIL updated the recipe book and gave me another copy. It has more recipes in it and some of them have pictures in them. That is a HUGE bonus for me! I feel so unsure of myself when I'm trying a new meal, that pictures really help me out.
Since we moved, I have tried more recipes in those 2 cookbooks, then I have in my whole life. I've even gotten brave and tweaked them a little. Most of the recipes are from my husband's childhood and while he enjoys them, they are very bland. So, I generally add a little garlic or a few shakes of spices to bring out some kind of taste. All this experimenting has gone really well. So far, everything has turned out edible and there was no need to break out the frozen corn dogs or call for pizza. Even this weekend, when I tried a stew. EVERYONE liked it! Some even went for seconds.
I'm really happy to have these cookbooks and I can't wait to try more recipes and expand our taste buds. Maybe once I get my picky family use to new foods, I'll introduce a few Indonesian dishes we use to have when we were growing up. I'm sure noses will be turned up at them, but if they just take a bite they may find that they actually enjoy it!
Go and visit Mel and check out what everyone else brought to class.