Some time ago we decided we needed to get organized. It just wasn't efficient digging through a hundred or more pages to find the recipe we needed. Ultimately, this need to declutter and organize our recipe system led to the idea of writing a cook book.
This Sunday Leah and I sat down at our dining room table and went through nearly two hundred recipes. We had a great time digging through everything as we culled recipes we hadn't made in years, found lost treasures, and recalled old memories.
Ultimately, we pounded out the foundation for our upcoming cookbook: ten chapters, nearly 150 unique and individual recipes, and, the best part... ten fun quilting and sewing projects which accompany each chapter. These range from napkins to table runners to hot pads.
We'll also be including recipes for spices, sauces, and marinades, as well as tips on outdoor grilling, how to use salt and pepper properly, and something which gives people the most trouble... how to cook rice perfectly every time!
We hope to announce the publication date of our cook book by the end of the year.
This project started out as something we needed to make just for our household but evolved into a full-scale cook book we hope everyone can enjoy. We love cooking and appreciate a recipe that's been fine tuned for years and years, so there will be no "filler" recipes in our book. Every recipe is something we have frequently made and are confident in sharing.
Our book will also not be pretentious, with the recipes split among "seasons." No, we're doing our best to keep things simple, with recipes divided among headings like Breakfast, Sides, Sauces & Marinades & Spices, Soups, Mains, Desserts, Beverages, and Comfort & Colds--a chapter where we share some passed-down home remedies for colds.
We also try to minimize processed and mass-produced ingredients, like seasoning packages, soup "mixes," bottled sauces, and unhealthy items. Fresh, locally grown meats and produce are what we strive to use in our cooking because flavor and health-wise, these make all the difference in the world.
In conclusion, I hope you're as excited about this project as we are!