It's been a long time since I have cooked so I decided this weekend we would have a proper Sunday dinner. When deciding on what to make I did something I rarely do - I consulted my cookbooks. I also did something I never do. I decided that ALL my recipes would come from my cookbooks, not the internet.
I have well over 100 cookbooks, all easily accessible, that I rarely use. It's so easy to go online and Google what you are looking for. However, it makes no sense to have a library of cookbooks and never use them.
I started off with a recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Dieter's Cook Book - Italian Style Burgers. I got this cookbook at Ross probably 15 years ago and used it all the time way back when. You can still get a copy of it on Amazon for a penny, plus shipping. These are more like mini meatloaf patties with broiled tomato and mozzarella on top. They are yummy. This is actually a really great cookbook with beautiful pictures and easy-to-make recipes. In fact, the picture of the burger inspired me to find my next recipe - Low Fat Mac and Cheese. For that I knew right where to go - The Best Light Recipe from Cook's Illustrated. If there is only one low-fat cookbook you buy, this should be it. I have made several and they have all been delicious.
Next, I wanted to take advantage of all the wonderful summer vegetables so I decided to make a simple ratatouille. I thought finding this would be simple, but it wasn't. Every book had some fancy twist on this simple recipe and I really wanted simple. I was just about to give up and make green beans when I saw my Joy of Cooking. I had never even cracked this book open before. It was just something I felt I should have. Well, I found exactly what I was looking for - a simple ratatouille. No frills, no twists, no fancy ingredients. Just a simple recipe.
Yay! I have my menu:
- Italian Style Burgers
- Mac and Cheese
I learned something from this exercise. I actually enjoy going through my cookbooks. It really didn't take any longer than looking things up online and it some ways it was probably faster. I didn't take any breaks to check Facebook or get distracted by some ad. Also, I saw a ton of other recipes that I otherwise wouldn't have thought of while I was looking that I just can't wait to try. It is possible to find what I need without the internet. Maybe I am on to something.