Jeanie, Welcome! One thing that a lot of people do here is post what they made recently, and then other people say "Hey! Do you have a recipe for that?" if it sounds good (or interesting). I do that with cookbooks, too. Just reading them, like Karen was saying. I get an idea from it or mix a few recipes. It's good to start out cooking according to the recipe, I think, till you get a feel for cooking, if you're a complete novice. But the big fun is experimenting, lol. Check out the threads on what people are cookin/eating.
I love to collect cookbooks, I enjoy sitting down and reading them too. But when it comes to fixing a meal I never go grab a cookbook and follow their recipe. I am a experimental cook, if it sounds good together then I put it together. For instance I had some kidney beans cooking, and cooked up some brown rice, so I mixed it all together and added a little hamburger with TVP, some Chipotle sauce and called it dinner. Friends and DH loved it with a salad on the side. I cook with grains a lot and mix in veggies, and a little meat. I eat things now I never thought I would, like bulgar, turnips, kale, lentil and cous cous. Tofu and TVP has become my staples. I have fun with foods now.
3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
I love cooking at home and doing things from scratch. I like it because I know what is going in my food and I can keep things healthy. I love to experiment with new things and ideas. Would love new healty recipes if anyone has any great ideas. Please let me know. I'll looking for new ways to make vegetables.
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