(Jodi) When I was in school and even as a young adult I loved to look through cookbooks and try different recipes. Back in the olden days…back before the Internet (or at least when 14K dial-up was lightning fast).
I don’t look through cookbooks anymore, in fact I got rid of all of mine when we sold the house.
I use this 3-ring binder that has all of the recipes that I like and all the ones I’d like to try. Some of these were favorites that I tore out of different cookbooks, some I got from magazines. They all go into the book, then I add notes about how it worked, substitutions I’ve made. If we didn’t like it it goes into the trash. Most of them come from the internet though. http://http://allrecipes.com how did I get along without you.
Why try a recipe that some lady in church group liked – when you can try one that has 5 stars rated by 3500 people? Now that’s a good recipe!
I told Kenny I’d bake him chocolate chip cookies for Valentines Day/BDay. These are his favorite. At Christmas, when I will make him any cookie on the planet – he wants plain, simple chocolate chip cookies. So I went straight to my cookbook binder and I couldn’t find a recipe that looked good. No problem – allrecipes to the rescue. Minutes later I have in my hand the print out of “Best Chocolate Chip Cookies” 4 1/2 stars rated by 4853 people. Can’t go wrong! Wrong…..
I’ve always gotta mess. I’ve gotta tweek.
Butter? I bet ‘Butter Flavored Crisco’ would be better.
2 tsp vanilla? Oh that’s not enough.
‘”Cream until light and fluffy” – why isn’t it fluffing? Oh yeah…. I didn’t use butter. Well on the Crisco package there is a cookie recipe that adds milk to help cream it – lets add milk.
Salt? I don’t need salt.
Walnuts? Don’t have any – skip it.
2 cups chips… oh that’s too many, what will I nibble on later?
Drop by rounded teaspoon full…. oh please… more like rounded Tablespoon.
4 1/2 stars my ass… these things aren’t salty enough, they taste greasy, why did they poof so much…. Oh it’s a good thing my husband loves me. And will eat anything.
Maybe next time I’ll follow the recipe… probably not.