Chad, Jessica, Jet and Aijiahlyn

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Redeemed by R.R.

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  The real night, I burned it because I was trying out a new pretty pot.  I hate stainless steel....give me Teflon any day. 



PAHAHAHHAHA that is so sad you made the chili on the wrong date!! Oh man. That would be so depressing!!!!! I'm so excited for you that you are such a a good cook now! You are a true testament to working on your talents and the lord will bless you! I have NEVER tried that many recipes before! In fact.... I've NEVER tried a new recipe on my own. ONLY recipes that I had at someones house, liked, and asked for it. I've never braved just taking some random recipe and trying it- that is so scary to me for some reason. You are inspiring me. Rachel Ray- hahaha- my sisters hate her. I don't remember why though. I think they can't stand her voice- haha. But I watched her show once, and what she made looked so good, and it seemed really simple, so you should post the recipes you really like, and I'll try them.

Danielle said...

haha you are funny. I haven't tried any of Rachel Rays food! You should definitley post the ones you like.


Oh- I did a tag on ym blog- you should do it.

Karen K. said...

I love watching Rachael Ray cook. Everytime I make her meals though, they taste bland. They always look good to me but never taste as good as they look or sound. I guess I should check out the magazines at the library like you do! I haven't given up. And best of luck on the chili cook off. Will you share the recipe or is it a secret???