If you know me, you know I’m NOT a cook. But as my appetite grows bigger and bigger the more I’m realizing I need to find more things to cook and fast, or I’m going to turn Spawnie into a double cheeseburger meal! I’m not a big chef… Not in the least. Usually the thought of cooking a new recipe sends me into a mild panic attack to be followed by a migraine as I try to decipher the steps to make it.
Last year I took a stab at making more foods. I joined a frozen meal making group with my church, and made 3 frozen meals to store… Two of them are still in my freezer. At least when I’m ready to make them the directions are on the bag as there’s no way I’d remember how to cook what’s in them.
My friend gave me a recipe for stomboli, and it’s become one of my favorites to make. The first couple of times I made it, it took me several hours to translate the ingredient: “A clove of garlic”? what the heck is that? “Genova Salami,” as opposed to regular?.. I had no idea there were so many kinds of a simple meat. I bought my first bottle of olive oil to make that recipe, and it came out really good!
About my third time making it for us I got a little cocky and rushed it. I accidentally turned the oven up an extra 100 degrees and sadly, this was the result:Luckily I have such a sweet husband cause although it was burnt black, he ate it anyway and told me the inside was good.
I’ve gotten a little more confidence since then and started making things that I was craving from scratch. Like beignets and peach cobbler for example. And I was beginning to stock up on what are basic cooking and baking essentials for many.While I haven’t personally felt like I’ve succeeded in accomplishing my goal of “learning how to cook” I have crossed off the Baby Bucket List the desire to “feel more comfortable in the kitchen.” Now that I’m more comfortable, I need to know what else to make.
Cookbooks intimidate me. I usually judge a recipe by:
1. How pretty the picture looks
2. How many ingredients I understand.
3. How many ingredients there are (more than 5-8 breaks me into a nervous sweat reading it).
4. How long it takes to make.
Usually flipping through books I only spot a select few that fit my immediate qualifications. I was getting good at eating healthy when I had the goal of getting pregnant, now I’ve been slacking a little. As a part of my “Future Mama” journey on Modern Mom, they hooked me up with nutritionist, Julie Hammerstein, and she was able to give me A LOT of good tips on what types of meals are good, and what to make sure I’m eating, so now I’m more inspired to MAKE stuff.
So I’ve decided to turn to you… My fellow blog friends! Please please please leave your recipe ideas! I’ve started using allrecipes.com which is great, but it’s sometimes hard to use if I’m not sure what I’m looking to cook, and daunting when people leave all of those extra comments about what to add/take out.
So if you know something that would be easy for a culinary talent-deprived mom-to-be please share! I’m hoping to get quite a few recipes down pat before Spawnie gets here! If you have some already written on your blog I’ve put up a linky for you to add it. just put the name of the recipe in the title and link to that post!
Also please let me know book ideas and anything else you think would be helpful!