My Oprah Face — Kath Eats Real Food.
Beth WA here on this foggy Saturday morning in Ohio!! I was so happy to sleep in until 8:30. This week was a rough one, and I needed it. As I was laying in bed reading blogs with my google reader on my ipad trying to unwind from a particularly tense meeting I had on Friday, I said out loud when I got to this one, “No way!! Two of my favorites!!”
Let me backpedal a bit. You should all know that Beth FS and I love Oprah. Like love, love, love Oprah. Our husbands like to make fun of us for it, but she is often quoted in conversations, was DVR’d daily, and most episodes resulted in many texts back and forth between us about the content. That’s the first bit of background information you need to know to understand my excitement level at the blog entry I’ve linked.
Second, when I read blogs on my google reader, I save my favorites for last. I have them in a category called “My Friends,” when I truly only know three of them (out of 15). So, I was reading my “friends'” blogs, and I always save three for very last, http://carrotsncake.com/, http://www.hangrypants.com/, and lastly, http://www.katheats.com/. I got to Kath Eats and there was a post called “My Oprah Face,” and thought, “She likes Oprah, too??” (Insert my thinking: Kath likes oatmeal. I like oatmeal. Kath likes pumpkin. I like pumpkin. Kath likes Oprah, too??? We are definitely friends, and she doesn’t even know it.) But I was WAY more excited when I realized she wrote recipes in O magazine that have to do with none other than, pumpkin. I can’t wait to read my issue and try some of those recipes.
Well, hopefully I try them. Another thing about me is that I cut out, book mark, and print out recipes kind of incessantly, but hardly ever actually try them. Seriously, I have binders of them. (And a whole folder in google reader.)
Any suggestions on how to start trying recipes that I haven’t tried before? Maybe I can do one a week and blog about it? Hmmm.
How do you insert new recipes into your repertoire?
We tend to work out meal for two week periods (we put them on a calendar) and include some recepies we want to try – we put the book and page number on the calendar. Then we make the shopping list, making sure we have all of the ingredients to make the recepies. I’ve found the biggest problem is that even if you are fairly well stocked, there are always ingredients you don’t have. Anyway, we tend to work in new recepies or some old favorites this way. Otherwise you just end up doing simple meals every night, which gets boring.
On another subject about food, I’ve been trying to get a blog going where people recommend the best restaurants in different areas of the country. The big sites just list everything – I want to just pick out the gems. I always find when I go somewhere new I like to find the local restaurants. What’s the point of going to Des Moines, Iowa and eating at the same restaurants I can find at home? The trouble is there are a lot of really bad restaurants and it’s hard to tell until you’ve gone in. If you have any favorites and would like to share what they are and what the best things to order are, I’d really appreciate it. It is at eatunique.wordpress.com . Thanks, SI.
I ordered a meal planner from Open Sky, and I just got notification that it shipped. I am hoping that helps me incorporate new meals, as you suggested, and save money at the grocery store. I always go with a list, but then I make impulse purchases. Our grocery bill is WAY higher than it should be. Thanks for the suggestions.
Also, that blog sounds AWESOME. Let me think over some ideas, collaborate with Beth FS, and get back to you.
Economic necessity has forced us to change the way we food shop, but it hasn’t negatively impacted how we eat. In fact, the opposite has occurred because now we really think about what we are going to cook and make every dollar count. Processed foods and expensive cuts of meat are out. Vegetarian dishes and braised meats are in. Another thing I love to do is find a bargain — such as some lovely beets I recently found at the Farmer’s Market — then build the rest of the meal around that. I guess it’s true what they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
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I DO love Oprah 🙂
thanks for the shout out!