There are tons of recipes available everywhere – Pinterest, magazines, internet, cookbooks. So how often do you try something new? I try new recipes all the time and have for years but sometimes the process of deciding which ones to try is frustrating.
The reason I struggle is because lately I’ve been waiting until the last minute to make my menu. I sit down right before I go to the store and start looking through magazines or Pinterest hoping to find something awesome. That’s NOT a good way to do it – at least not for me!
So here’s what works better for me – finding recipes that look good and pulling them out of a magazine or printing them from the internet and putting them in a file. Then when I’m making my menu, I don’t have to go through a bunch of recipes I’m NOT interested in – I only have to decide among the ones I’ve already set aside in my file.
Now for those of you who already have a stack of recipes in a file, you’re a step ahead of me. But here’s my question for you – are you actually trying those recipes or just collecting them? If you’re a collector, maybe it’s time to start making some of those delicious looking dishes. After all, you saved them because you thought you might want to make them sometime. So let’s do it!
The next question is, how do we get the recipes out of the file and into our menu plans. Here are a few ideas:
1. Decide how often you want to try new recipes and build that into your menu plan. Then when you’re writing down your plan, pull something yummy from your file and add it to the list.
2. If you’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants cook, pull a couple of recipes from your file and keep them in your purse or bag. Then when you’re out picking up a few things for dinner, pick up the ingredients for one of those new recipes.
3. Schedule a “new recipe night” and take turns choosing what the new recipe will be. The kids might think that’s fun! They can even help with the selecting and the cooking.
4. Just do it. If you’re an insecure cook or don’t like change, maybe you need to just take the plunge. If you’ve been collecting recipes, you obviously want to try them. So just do it! If you’re worried the new recipe won’t turn out, have some frozen pizzas on hand as a back-up.
And just so you know, not all recipes turn out the way we expect or hope. Sometimes it’s due to operator error and sometimes it’s just a crummy recipe. I had recipe fail just this week. My husband ate it but my daughter-in-law and I threw it away and ate leftover chili. So if that happens, don’t be discouraged. It’s part of the process.
Now if you have other ideas about how to move from being a recipe collector to recipe try-er, I’d love to hear them.