Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In a Cooking Rut and How Will I Get Out?


I have always enjoyed cooking, but lately all I have been thinking
about is going out for dinner or ordering in a pizza.

What's happened to me ???


I'm in a cooking rut!


I need to do something about this quick!  I need to be
inspired again.  Anyone have any suggestions?
I am all ears!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley



18 comments:

  1. I always get inspiration by looking at food blogs. I usually look at the Saveur list, or http://americanfoodbloggers.com. Always find something I get excited about trying. Fun reading too. Dianne

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Dianne. I will go over there and check it out.

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  2. I'm kind of in the same boat. This is one of our favorites. I do this in a crock pot since I'm at work all day but I'm sure it would be just as good (maybe better!) simmered slowly on the stove top. And--it's simple! Place 2 - 3 lbs. of short ribs in crock pot. Sprinkle on one package of Lipton dry onion soup mix. Pour in 1 cup of chianti and 1/2 cup of cold coffee. Thats it! Doesn't sound like much but the soup, wine and coffee do something magic when simmered long and slow with the short ribs. Its delicious! Hope you try it and like it as much as we do!

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    1. Thanks for the recipe. I think I have some short ribs in the freezer. Does it have to be Chianti? How about a Cabernet?

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  3. Get out your crockpot.......put either a pork loin or beef roast in with whatever sounds good. I use a myriad of spices, all sorts
    of seasonal veggies and in about 5 hours you have dinner. Added bonus, shred the meat for fancy sandwiches on a nice french
    roll.

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    1. Wonderful! Another crockpot suggestion ~ love it!! Thank you.

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  4. Yep- get the crockpot out and then go to Pinterest. There are amazing mouth-watering recipes on there. I think we all go through slumps like that...AND...do you REALIZE how hard you have been working outside lately? I think we can only do so much. xo Diana

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  5. I used to cook, but gave it up when I lost my husband. Not much fun cooking for one. If you enjoy it, you will be back in action soon.

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    1. I agree, cooking for one is not much fun.

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  6. You've been so busy working in your garden - I get like that during gardening season - I'm so busy outside I don't even want to stop to make dinner! Now it's so cold here I love being in a warm steamy kitchen. You'll get your groove back....check out some of the super easy recipes I've posted on my blog - perhaps they will help you get back in the kitchen. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, I will go through your recipes for some inspiration.

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  7. Yup, its crock pot season......as someone already suggested.....put in a roast of any kind and any cut......fav veggies, some seasonings, water, some wine if you like.......and let it cook. Your house will smell wonderful and you'll have plenty of leftovers for another dinner and sandwiches!!! Hint, I put in frozen pearl onions......I love those and don't love peeling them!!!

    You just need a break, its like anything else.....creative rut, cooking rut, don't know what to wear rut, same old TV shows rut, and on and on......it'll pass!!

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  8. This is why I don't cook, Susan! Thank goodness, Don does the cooking. But he often feels like he gets in a rut, as well.
    xoxo
    Claudia

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  9. Feel free to look at my Pinterest boards. I have the decor, seasonal, etc, boards in alphabetical order first, then the food ones in alphabetical order next. I usually choose those that are easy, flavorful and do not require lots of ingredients. I've tried many of them and must say they are yummy! I have a crock pot board, too! Enjoy!

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  10. Ok! Here we go! Delicious sherry stew! EASY and DELICIOUS ! I use a large Le Creuset pot! 1-2 lbs of raw stew meat in bottom of pot, sprinkle 1 package of Lipton dry onion soup mix over meat,then quarter 3-4 onions,3-5potatoes and 4-5 carrots over meat, in a bowl stir together 2cans of cream of celery and cream of chicken soup , pour over veges, then a add 2 cns of chicken broth and if you like sherry you can add a soup can of sherry too! With or without the sherry it is FABULOUS! Cook in oven 3-4 hours at 325 to 335 degrees ! Your home will smell AmAZING and your family will LOVE IT ! Great for reheat the next night too! Enjoy!

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  11. Gosh looks like everyone has a favorite Crock Pot recipe. I do mine as a Sunday dinner. It's great for after Church. I use a tri-tip beef roast, top with 1 package of dry Au Jus sauce, a package of dry Ranch dressing, a cube of butter and 5-7 Peppercinni peppers. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (do not add water). It will make it's own and the flavor is heavenly. Also like to make oven fried potatoes: cube small red potatoes quarter, toss with EVOA and add sea salt and pepper. Bake in 425 oven for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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