So, a few months ago I wrote about how I'm a bad cook, mostly saying that I have to rely on good recipes to make good food.
First off, I have redeemed myself....according to myself and Chad.
Second, I have totally misjudged Rachael Ray. When we got married, I got one of her cookbooks, I tried one recipe (mostly because the ingredients were spendy) and it tasted blah. (probably because I really didn't know what I was doing at the time). Then, a foodie friend of mine said she didn't trust Rachael Ray's cooking because of her weird food pairings. Then I watched a few episodes of 30-minute meals, and it always sounded like she had a cold. So, I unofficially decided that she wasn't that great of a cook.
Over the past few months, I have been getting her magazine at the library, picking out the cheapest recipes, and making them. Every single one (I've tried about 15 now) has been delicious. So, delicious, I don't want to stop eating when I'm full. Chad is so impressed too. It's by far the best cooking I've ever done. She just adds a few things that other recipes leave out, and it makes a HUGE difference! I don't have to be scared about trying a new recipe, worried if it will be terrible or not. They're all good!
Sorry Cooking Light, your recipes have failed me too many times. I love that you're healthy, but hubster no likey, and even I admit that I've only eaten 1 delicious recipe out of the 20 that I've tried. (amazing crab cakes) I've learned I'd rather have a recipe be a little bit fattier, and taste great, than light, and taste okay to me, and almost bad to Chad. You just have to eat a little less. Fat isn't bad if it fits within a balanced diet.
Rachael Ray, your food rocks.
Mom, I would LOVE a subscription to Rachael Ray magazine for Christmas, so I don't have to make tons of photocopies before returning it to the library every time.
On the 28th, our ward is having a chili cook-off, and I think I'm going to win. The Bishop will be dethroned from his 3-year chili-king title. I'll let you know if I get a crown. (seriously, it's the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, with tons of fresh ingredients. All Chad's coworkers said it was the best chili they had ever had) We'll see! Last year, I made it, but I got the date wrong, and no one was at the church....lol. The real night, I burned it because I was trying out a new pretty pot. I hate stainless steel....give me Teflon any day.