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We all have our favorite cookbooks. One of my favorites is the Joy of Cooking. This was a college graduation gift, and it’s the first place I turn to when I have no clue what an ingredient is, let alone how to cook with it… like the daikon radishes that came in our CSA box last week.
My second favorite is Family Meals. This was also a gift, and I love how it’s filled with FAMILY recipes – classic recipes you’d typically find at holiday tables or those that are often included in family traditions.
When it comes to traditional food though, Nourishing Traditions is my cookbook of choice. Containing so much more than recipes, it’s really a handbook that explains why certain aspects of food behave the way they do and teaches you how to get the most nutrients out of the food you eat.
This is where I turned to a few weeks ago, when I was tapped out of creativity for ideas (being at the tail end of our no-spending challenge and all) and wanted to make something new and different. After flipping through a few pages, I landed on page 103 and quickly made the recipe what what we had on hand.
We gave it a try later that week, and it was unanimous. The recipe was downright AWFUL! For the first time, Nourishing Traditions had failed me.
I know you’ve been there. We’ve ALL been there.
At some point in time you’ve brought home an oddball ingredient listed in a recipe, only to use a tiny little bit. Then as you stick the rest in the fridge or pantry, you wonder to yourself, “How in the world am I going to use up the rest of this without making this same recipe million times over?”
And then week (or several) later, when that particular item gets moldy or expires, you kick yourself in the foot as you throw the item into the trash thinking, “Well shoot! There goes $5 (or $20!) down the drain. What a waste!”
Oh gosh. I could wish for a nickel for every time I did that, but it really wouldn’t make much of a dent in the money I know I’ve wasted!