The Back Story:
I got rid of a whole box of cookbooks a year or so ago, all of them never-used, but I still have quite a few left. Basically, there are only five I use regularly.
- And I occasionally use my Good Housekeeping cookbook, though I could easily live without it so long as I had Betty Crocker.
- And there are three well-worn cookie cookbooks that my kids and I use frequently. Doesn't every house need at least three cookbooks devoted to baking cookies?
- The other 15 or so cookbooks are in the category of "wish I was using them more".
- And when I DO need a recipe I usually go on the internet and google the ingredients I want to use, rather than hunt through the cookbooks I have.
So here's the plan:
- Go through the Unused Fifteen and pick out the recipes that I really think I could use.
- USE them (at least some version of them).
- If I like the recipe, type it up or find it on the internet and print it out --
- Put the recipe in a pretty binder (though probably not so pretty as the one my daughter is building)
- Then I will have one personalized cookbook instead of 15 that I really don't use,
- Plus I may have added some new recipes to my stock -- ten basic dinner recipes and their variations can take you a surprisingly long way in feeding a family, but there are times when I think a mother of many should have a FEW more kitchen skills.
- And it will be fun when I'm getting cabin-crazy since I am sensing that this winter is going to be long and snowy.
- And it will be good for my weight maintenance since I always cook better and eat better when I'm hungry, for some strange reason.
You can see how I'll need to move around at least a little. Our kitchen is fairly big.