This morning I was flipping through several cook books looking for a recipe for baked rice pudding. I had a big container of cooked rice in the refrigerator, and I knew I had seen a recipe (somewhere) in one of my cook books for making rice pudding with cooked rice.
I did find the recipe I wanted without too much trouble. But what I found so interesting (and not for the first time) was all the delicious sounding recipes that popped out at me as I skimmed through a few books.
When I'm bored with cooking the "usual" fare and hungry for something new, I've always found that just casually looking through a cook book gives me all sorts of ideas for new recipes to try.
Even though I've done it for fifty-plus years, I can't say I'm tired of cooking. But I will admit to getting tired of (often!) eating my own cooking. Side note: I have a husband who does not care for eating out. His standard line is, "Why should I go out to eat when I can have a much better, more satisfying, nutritionally well-balanced meal at home?" (Boy, I obviously did something very wrong way back when.)
We've never eaten out a lot (obviously) but I will admit that doing so these days doesn't hold the appeal it once did. Going to a lot of work and effort to insure the food we eat is of the highest quality and freshness, free of chemicals and other contaminants has always been very important to us. Today when eating out, I'm never sure how the food has been raised, where it's been raised, and the conditions under which it's been prepared.
This brings me right back to needing to frequently try new recipes and ways of preparing our food. And you know what? There's no doubt there are some attractive, well-written, interesting, appealing cook books out there.
And I think I may own a couple hundred of them. This is just one area in my kitchen where my cook books live.
If I never bought another cook book in my life, I'd always be able to find plenty of new ideas for food to prepare and serve.
I do know cooking can be a real challenge if you hold down a full-time job away from home. Been there, done that. One of my priorities in those days was to spend a portion of a weekend day cooking for the upcoming week. With refrigeration, home freezers, crock pots and home canned goods on the pantry shelves, it's not impossible to have a week's worth of meals ready.
What have I been trying to say here? When you get down in the doldrums of what in the world to make for the next meal, if you're just plain bored with cooking the food you set on your table, gather up a couple/few cook books, find some time to get comfy on the couch or in your favorite chair with a glass of wine or cup of tea, browse through the books and you'll be amazed at the new ideas and tempting dishes you'll come up with in short order.
Oh, and that recipe for rice pudding I tried this morning? A real dud. Ya can't win 'em all! (Big grin.)