One of my go to food blogs for inspiration and ideas is Simply Recipes. It’s been around for a number of years. Started by Elise Bauer, some of the recipes come from her circle of foodie friends, each with their own delicious specialty area. Hank Shaw is the game man, who can explain how to forage your own mushrooms to cook up with the duck you just shot. Gareth will make a cupcake or other dessert so scrumptious looking that you want to forgo dinner so you can eat a whole freshly baked cake instead.
Her site is also great because she’s taken the time to index her recipes by major ingredient and categorizes everything a bit like a cookbook. At least once a week or so a new recipe appears. This woman is after my own heart and sometimes I think she’s peeked into my kitchen. The other week a garlic knot recipe was posted and I couldn’t help exclaiming (add in a little giddy girly squeal) “I just made garlic knots! We’re thinking of the same yummy things!”
I haven’t been cooking up anything new as of late. My recent meals consist of homemade pizzas, bowls of cereal, cheese and lettuce sandwiches, and other things too boring to blog about (save the garlic knots, which I may get to soon). If you’re planning anything for the Superbowl, Simply Recipes has a few great ideas for snacks to serve up.
I’ve been on a bread baking binge the past few weeks. I’ve made bagels half a dozen times, each time tweaking the recipe. Several loaves of rye bread have passed from my dough covered hands to my oven and then into my belly. Although none of these rye breads had caraway seeds (sacrilege I know) since I forgot to buy them at the store. I now have seeds in hand which means I’ll have to make all of these breads again! There’s a current backlog of recipes that I hope to post which share many of these recipes. January’s cold in my neck of the woods so bread baking is a welcome past time that both warms the house and gives me a reason to not leave it. Stay tuned for all the breads and baking goodness to come.
Ages ago I made the muffins pictured above. They were pretty delicious and I was eager to share the recipe. Unfortunately, I assembled the recipe for these muffins the way I assemble most of my recipes: I scoured the internet for ideas, wrote several variations of muffin recipes scribbled on a scrap of paper, and, as I mixed up the batch, I made modifications, picking and choosing different ingredients from different recipes. Since I’m now trying to share my recipes through this blog, I’m sure I circled what I ended up doing and scribbled notes about my changes on this scrap of paper. These scraps end up looking a lot like this:
A typical example of my sloppy recipe notes
Since these often illegible scraps of paper accumulate battle scars of water damage, grease smudges, and food splotches in the process of creating the recipe they are easily mistaken for trash and may make it there before they make it to my computer. I’ve been trying to modify my habits but it is easy to fall back into old patterns. Hopefully, the random bit of paper that holds the secret to recreating the chocolate almond chunk muffins pictured above will be found. If not, I may try to create a new recipe based on my same basic formula of one part inspiration to one part improvisation, and will do better at keeping track of the documentation of the process and results.
In order to have a blog worth reading, you need to have content. Blog content is always more fun, especially if it’s a food blog if there are pictures. If I wait to post until I have pictures to accompany my recipes, however, I’ll never post.
Thus it comes down to the “to post or not to post” dilemma. The lazy compromise I’ve decided is that I will begin by posting my “tried and true” recipes, and perhaps some ones I’ve made recently but have been too lazy/forgetful to take pictures of the process or finished product.
I promise that I will at least get into a consistent blogging groove (at least once per week and as many as 3x or more per week) and that I will strive to also get into a consistent blogging with pictures groove.
Thank you for tuning in and understanding.