Monday, July 18, 2011

Head First

Hey there Bloggies!

I hope you are having a fabulous Monday!  I am waiting for my pizza crust to rise and while I do that was thinking about how many people have mentioned in conversation or in comments to things that they don't know how to cook or wish they knew how.  Some people say they are afraid of it or overwhelmed.  I thought I would share my thoughts on cooking.

You have to just dive in head first.  No joke!  Just go for it!

Looking back I realize when we first got married mine and Ry's cooking skills weren't the best.  I mean they weren't horrible; we just didn't venture from the norm very often.  And things we made and cooked were overall a lot more processed.  Then I think we just got bored with our eating habits and realized we owned tons of cookbooks and decided to just start using them. I know right, novel idea.  So how it started for us was we went through and before grocery shopping picked out new recipes we wanted to try.  We had control of the recipes so that way if it looked over the top we didn't choose it.  If it looked simple and like something we could manage we went for it.  Then we bought only the groceries that coordinated with those meals.  And then even more shockingly we actually made those meals.

It was a great chance to get acquainted with our our appliances and gadgets.  And to get used to reading a recipe and looking up things as I needed to.  Sometimes recipes suggest and ingredient I have never heard of or a method I know nothing about.  Sometimes I glaze over and turn the page and never look back.  Other times, I pull out the phone and pull it up in a search engine.  Then I feel a little more empowered to make a decision on that recipe.

Here's the thing.  We have had many recipes that we hated.  And I don't think we've really had anything we had to throw away without eating.

So to sum it up I would say find a good cookbook and a recipe that looks manageable and go for it. Remember it doesn't have to be Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon.  I mean you can start with that, I won't discourage you...just be prepared for some time and effort. 

Here are some cook book options I love:
The Pioneer Woman Cooks

29 Minutes to Dinner

Blogs and the internet are also an excellent source for recipes:

So you can do this! Have no fear and go for it!!


  1. Just to comment on this...that pizza crust I was waiting on. Didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. Had to improvise a little with it. The more you try the more you learn.

  2. Here's a plug for taking a foods class in high school. So suggests a home economist:-)

  3. @Kay Eagleman So True Kay! A great place to start!