Finding Keepers

Remember when I wrote about learning to cook (eek... I can't believe it's almost been a year) and when I made my first real meal of the "learn to cook" era?  The cooking has been sporadic at best although I have been much, much more consistent since the beginning of this year.  I accept that it is going to take more than just a few months to unravel years of bad habits and thinking.

One thing that I have just realized in the last few weeks is that not all my recipes are going to be keepers like that first one.  It took me forever, but it tasted good and I would definitely make it again.  There aren't many recipes that are falling into the "make it again" category.  Many of the recipes are servicable, nothing horrible that I had to throw in the trash, but just sustaining me for the evening.  

Maybe I'm too picky.  Or maybe that's just the nature of cooking.  Maybe I don't have a huge arsenal of recipes because I have only been doing this for a year and I'll have a bigger list after I've been doing it for 5 or 10 years.  Time will tell.  

P.S.  Tonight I made a keeper.  Deviled Chicken from Cook's Country.  It was HOT (mustard, hot sauce and black pepper) and it was GOOD.

P.P.S.  Love the iPhone app GroceryZen.  It has a clean, easy to use interface and I really like that it has a recipe section (which got me thinking about all this). I can enter all the ingredients for a specific recipe and then later if I want to cook that meal all the items will be added to my grocery list with the push of a button.

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