Seize the Food!

Getting in a rut in the kitchen is a bummer, and it is easy to just cook the same things over and over, so I have a few ideas for changing up your cooking routine to keep things inventive in the kitchen.

1. Try something completely new that you have never cooked.  Here a few things that I have recently tried for the first time:

My in-laws gave my husband and me a paella pan for Christmas and we recently made our first paella.  Yummy!

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I was cruising on pinterest and found a recipe for pickle soup and thought that would be a good thing to try.  I would cut down on the flour next time but it was yummy as is too.

Dill-Pickle-Soup

http://noblepig.com/2013/03/dill-pickle-soup/

I also recently made pretzels at home for the first time.

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This is the recipe I used for the cheese:

http://www.hgtv.com/holidays-and-entertaining/pub-style-pretzels-and-beer-cheese-sauce-recipes/index.html

And this is the recipe I used for the pretzels:

http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/24272/buttery-soft-pretzels

Pinterest can have bad recipes so I always read the comments to see if people are saying them before trying it myself.

2. Subscribe to a cooking magazine.   

My favorite is Cooks Illustrated and it is the most expensive out of the ones I get but every recipe I have tried from them, I love.  I also like Eating Well; it has healthy and easy recipes.  Bon Appétit is okay.  Sometimes none of the recipes sound interesting to me but I have definitely found some amazing recipes from them.   Sometimes you can even do a trial subscription for 6 months for a low amount.  I signed up to try Food & Wine for $6 for 6 months.

3. Go the library and check out a cookbook (or buy a new one).

I recently checked out a few cookbooks from the library and I think I am going to make it a habit because it forces me to try new recipes and I won’t break the bank either.

4. Watch cooking shows.

Sometimes I put food network on for background noise or while I run on the treadmill and get ideas for new food.

5. Get ideas from your favorite resturants.

Here is another way to save money and bring your favorite dishes to the comfort of your home.  Sometimes the chef even has their own cookbook or is willing to share some of their recipes with good customers.

There are literally endless possibilities when it comes to food so go out and seize the food people!

-Callie Ham

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3 thoughts on “Seize the Food!”

  1. I like all these ideas. I hope the paella was yummy! It is one of my life goals to perfect my paella recipe.
    One of my rules for magazines I buy is that I have to try at least one of the recipes from each magazine.

  2. I have about two years of magazine subscriptions in my recipe cupboard and when I get into a “food rut” I make a point to skim through them to get ideas. Sometimes I run across something that may not have interested me six months ago but would be perfect now.

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