Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cookbook or Internet?

Last night, I was trying to plan our menu for the next week and a half and we have some random ingredients that I'd like to use up. I started to grab for a cookbook but then decided that it would be much quicker to do an internet search for "recipe using canned yams." (Don't ask. It's actually a cute story, maybe I'll do a post about it someday...)

And this got me wondering, as I often do, how many people actually use cookbooks anymore. I would love to say that I do but I don't. It's really so convenient to just search on the internet. Especially when dealing with specific ingredients. Yet, I can't seem to bring myself to get rid of my cookbooks.

The one cookbook I do love is the one I made myself, it's full of recipes that our family LOVES (the striped binder on the end). It is full of tried and loved recipes!

Inside the front cover of my regular cookbooks, I write favorite recipes and the page they're found on. That way, I don't have to go digging too far if I am looking for a specific recipe. What I need to do is take those recipes and type them out and put them in my binder.

Then again, when you're as good of a cook as me, who needs a cookbook? HA! Just kidding. But, I did whip up a dinner last night out of some random things in our fridge and it turned out pretty good so I thought I'd share. When we don't know what to make for dinner and we want something fast and easy, we usually go for chicken and rice casserole, made up of cooked cubed chicken, a cup or two of rice, and whatever else we can find to throw in it. Last night, we added some cream cheese, veggie dip, salsa, and shredded cheese.

Dan said he was good until I put in the veggie dip then he wasn't so sure but he ended up liking it. It was pretty spicy and full of flavor!

Whether you're a cookbook or internet fan, happy cooking! And don't be afraid to experiment a little. Sometimes it turns out and sometimes it turns into takeout but it's always fun!

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