The main reason I decided to start Cooking My Cookbooks along with Buckling Bookshelves was to get back into the habit of writing. It's something I had really enjoyed doing in the past and have pretty much stopped doing altogether in the past few years. Trust me, I was never a big fan of writing academic papers, but I did miss some of the more creative writing I'd done over the years. I had been a journal/diary writer for a long time and had even tried my hand at writing some poetry. So when trying to think of a way to get back into writing, I recalled the cliche advice to "write what you know." Given that my biggest interests of late have been cooking, baking, and reading, I figured they were a good place to start. In everyday life, I always find myself talking about recipes I've tried and books I want to recommend to friends and family. So these two blogs are channeling my interests, opinions and recommendations into the written form.
Over the past few years, I've really grown to appreciate good food and good cooking. And by good cooking, I don't mean anything fancy; I just mean simple, delicious, REAL food. I don't think I ever quite realized how important these things were until I had to figure out how to get some decent food onto my own table. Thankfully, I have my husband Nick who occasionally takes a turn at the stove. His specialty is a creamy and delicious risotto (he makes several variations, but this corn one is one of my favorites). I taught him well!
As much as I treasure the tried-and-true recipes my family has relied on for years, I've also come to embrace the adventure of trying new things. My Mom doesn't care too much for making new recipes because, in truth, they don't always come out so great. Not every new recipe is a "keeper" as we like to call the good ones. So now, I try them first and only pass along the "keepers." I'm hoping for this blog to work in a similar fashion. I get to continue trying new recipes and by sharing my experiences, you might get a few "keepers" to enjoy yourselves. Happy Cooking!
Update: From my very first post, I've mentioned the site Eat Your Books. Back when I started this blog, I had no affiliation with them, but it's only fair to let you all know that I now work for them! Some links on this blog may bring you to the site, but please remember that I was a loyal, happy member long before they ever started paying me, so please come check us out!!