Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Year, New Foods (Take 2)

Since New Year's, I have been trying to make some changes to our daily diets. Falling into the lure of convenience, our diet pre-New Year's consisted of a lot of packaged food. And while I haven't gotten completely away from that, I have tried to make some marked improvements to the quality of food that Dave and I consume on a weekly basis.

Now, mind you, this is no easy task. Between certain dietary guidelines (low fat, low cholesterol), a busy schedule, and a picky selective husband to feed, I often feel like I don't have many options. So, determined to make it work, I decided that I needed some new recipes.

I checked out several cookbooks from the library (yea, libraries!) and commenced a recipe search online. I'm still poring through the recipe books, but we've managed to try a few things that I found online.

Dave will likely be the first to tell you that I haven't always had the best luck with recipes. The older I get, the more I realize that I'm just not that great a cook. My mom is. My brother is. Me? I can make a mean pan of brownies, and I have a few other specialties here and there, but overall, apparently not so much. There was a particularly disastrous attempt at a ravioli/Alfredo lasagna when we were engaged, and I think Dave's been a little scared ever since.

Needless to say, the past month and a half have been somewhat interesting. There's been the good (breakfast pizza and oven potato "chips"), the bad (those doughnut muffins sounded so good in theory!), and the ugly (*sniff* I was really excited about the Parmesan oven fries I tried to make last night. I followed the directions and everything...who knew that they would burn so quickly?).

I guess I'll have to just keep trying. They say practice makes perfect, right? Wish me luck!


babyarnie said...

I applaud you for your efforts!!! You go girl. You'll get it eventually!-- At least that's what I tell myself.

Sarah said...

I applaud you for your efforts too! I think it is worth it to try new recipes and adventures in the kitchen.