I cook a lot, but I'm not good at it. I don't like the
chore. Did I tell you I hate chopping veggies? No? Well, I do.
I once cut a deep gash in my finger and the doctor had to sew it up. I did that on a can opener, but I also cut myself when I chop stuff.
Multiple cookbooks adorn a large cabinet in my kitchen. I
love to read the recipes. I'll examine one and think, "that sounds good,
but I don't have all the ingredients."
Why do all these journals call for odd things?
Here are a few examples:
Fresh minced oregano.
Grated fresh ginger.
One bunch of arugula.
Frozen artichoke hearts.
My organic farmer daughter has all the above mentioned
herbs growing fresh. I do not. Every now and then, I will purchase a can of
artichoke hearts. I don't like arugula, so it can't be found here in my
refrigerator. On to the next recipe.
My go-to cookbook is this green one. It was published by
the Houston Junior Forum, first printing in 1980, second one in 1981. We
once had a secretary who belonged to the Houston Junior Forum, and she gave me
this handy little ditty.
I use it often and write a date on the recipe when I try it. I also give the
dish a review. (I am an author, you know, and writers like reviews, although
the cooks will never see them in this book. If you read my books, please leave a reiew.)
Some of the dishes are repeaters, others, not so much. The
best banana nut bread of all time is in this volume, and I've made it too many
times to count.
I'll share a recipe I amended from this versatile little tome. If I change a recipe,
it's my own, right? After trying it various ways, including the way it was
written, I think my amended way is better.
Gay's Easy Bake Chicken
Thick bacon slices. Don't
use thin sliced.
Sliced potato rounds from
two potatoes (about ¼ inch thick)
2 cans cream of chicken
2 large cans of condensed
6 to 8 Chicken tenders
Salt and pepper.
In a medium Pyrex baking dish, place the bacon strips to
cover the bottom. Place potato rounds on top of the bacon. (I use two medium
sized russets) Mix soup and milk together. Pour over bacon and potatoes. Save a
portion. Place chicken trips on top and add remaining mixture. Cover tight and
bake at 325 degrees. It takes about 3 hours. I pull the pan from the oven, hold
it up, and check the bottom to make sure the bacon is done.
Most of the recipes in my green book have normal
stuff. Yay! Did you see the date? Early 80's. Food was more normal back
then. Our organic farmer, Lanissa, will inherit this green cookbook. She loves kitchen duties and uses all fresh ingredients from her garden. She won't need the one pictured
Authors write books for dummies. You'll find dozens of them at booksellers. I bought a diabetes cookbook for dummies years ago. I also bought one for computers. I haven't read or used either one.
I thought the cookbook for
dummies would be easy and healthy. It probably is healthy, but it isn't easy.
Every recipe calls for fresh herbs and a dedicated amount of time.
Herbs are expensive, and if you
buy a bunch and use a teaspoon, you've lost money. I suppose you can substitute
dried herbs, but you must keep a lot of bottles on hand.
I decided to sub one herb in a
recipe. I checked the date on my dried thyme—1995. Well, so much for that.
I need to clean out that spice
What are you planning for dinner
tonight? Uber Eats? Door Dash? That sounds like a plan.