About The Project
I own shelf upon shelf of cookbooks, collected over many years. After hauling them from Chicago to North Carolina to Virginia to Ohio (all within the last three years!), it’s high time I do SOMETHING to justify their place in my life and my home. Hence, this blog.
I’ll make one recipe from each cookbook, moving through them according to how they’re placed on the shelves. I’ll use no additional sorting logic. After I’ve completed one pass, I’ll start again at the beginning. If I can’t find more than a couple recipes I want to make in a cookbook…well, time to send it to the local used bookstore so someone else can enjoy it.
Being recently under-employed due to my move to Cleveland, I find myself on a food budget for the first time in several years. Gone (at least temporarily) are the days of choosing a recipe simply because I wanted to make it, with no regard for the specialty ingredients required, or the cost associated.
Take the aforementioned financial constraints and combine them with a desire to create menus that are healthy, delicious and interesting. Though far from 100% perfect, I prefer to eat local foods, free-range meats and poultry, and sustainable seafood. In addition, I put on a few more pounds than I’d like to admit living in the South, due to an undying passion for the ubiquitous biscuit sandwiches and fried food. So I’m also on a mission to fit into some of my old clothes – particularly since I can’t afford to buy more right now!
And, assuming I’ll have a full-time job in the near future, I won’t always have hours to spend in the kitchen whipping up dinner.
To be selected, a recipe must encompass several if not all of the following criteria:
- Few specialty/unusual ingredients
- Majority of ingredients already available in the pantry or fridge
- Primarily, though not exclusively, vegetarian
- Leftovers can be easily frozen, reheated and/or transformed into another dish
- Start to finish in 60 minutes or less
- Rediscover my cookbooks
- Make budget cooking fun and interesting rather than boring and discouraging
- Lose a few pounds, maybe, while still eating great food
- Eat well (in both the Taste and Nutrition arenas) every day
- Rediscover myself along the way (see “About Me” for more on my quest)