They say you can’t change an addiction until you acknowledge it. Well, right here and right now, I’m acknowledging – I have had, in the past, and maybe currently, just a slight addiction, compulsion to – recipes, cookbooks, food, the grocery store, and maybe even to…dare I say it, eating. Oh and trust me when I say, these aren’t ALL my obsessions, these are just the right now, most obvious, in my face ones.
I’ve been addicted to cigarettes and alcohol and people and spending money and collecting things and organizing and cleaning, some say I have an a addiction to my cell phone <rolls eyes>, but aside from all that, the proof is in the pudding when I tell you about my obsession with all things kitchen, cooking and food related. I think I may even have an issue with kitchenware, although I do usually draw the line when it comes to say, expensive stuff. I’m a Corelle kinda girl, but even though I now cook more often (although I see my cooking days being numbered considering the older the better half and I get, the less we are so inclined to eat and in only a few more years the girls will be in college and may or may not be living at home any longer) I just can’t justify spending thousands of dollars on Le Creuset cookware, well maybe a piece or two…but I digress.
These fantastic cookbook magazines that I have been
hoarding collecting for years now are stored in a bin in our basement storage room. When I moved from my childhood home in 2010, I gave away hundreds of books, magazines and cookbooks. Boxes and boxes were carted off. When we moved into this house in 2012, I again went through them and threw out even more (I actually NEVER throw them away, I donate them or sell them. I believe it’s an abomination to throw away books of any kind!). I have to admit, it was like pulling teeth, throwing out old friends! I told my daughters to hand me a cookbook – allow me just a few seconds to thumb through it and then force me to make a decision to keep it or get rid of it. It worked, I cut the pile down substantially. But, lo and behold, I still have a bunch. For the last 4 years, they’ve been stashed in that bin on a shelf collecting dust. I have added to the bin a few times, but I haven’t even looked inside once to find a recipe! I wonder what the point is to keeping these if I NEVER use them? I haven’t quite figured that one out…
I pulled the bin out this past weekend, but felt so crummy I decided to do something that I could do sitting down instead. This morning with everyone gone to work and school, I decided to go through them. Wow – my mind is spinning! I want to read and make every recipe…NOW. LOL
Just the other day, when I was starting to feel like I was coming down with this cold, I told my girls we were having grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken soup for dinner. They immediately came back with,”you have ALL those cookbooks downstairs and we’re having grilled cheese sandwiches and soup again?!” Grrrrr… So in the spirit of actually using what I have collected and stored over the years, I’m going to choose three or four books per week and make a few recipes out of each one and post them here, if they’re worthy. Nowadays most of my recipes come from the Internet, but my guess is, most came from books just like these. I purchased most of these recipes fair & square so I might as well benefit somehow from them – right?!? LOL Oh, if I had a dollar…….
Here’s what I’ll be working with this week…
I’ll also plug the recipes into myfitnesspal to see the nutrition info and post it along with the recipe. This should help with my so called “dieting” I’m supposed to be doing! I’ve been to the grocery store already so some recipes I may have to wing, but I’ll do my best to keep them the same.
In organizing these this a.m., I found an extra…if you’re interested, e-mail me and I’ll send it to you.