The recipe pictured was one of those occasions. I was so happy to have dinner prepared when my husband came home, the house smelled good, the dishes were out. I took a taste and…crunch! The rice was still hard! I put it back in the oven for a while, and it still didn’t soften. I can’t remember what we ate for dinner that night, but it wasn’t Texas One Dish!
You’d think a girl would remember an occasion like that, but no, it was to be repeated. In my defense, I do cook a lot, so really, how can I be expected to remember little details like that?
As the picture shows, I wrote down the problem so we wouldn’t have crunchy rice for a third (or fourth time).
I’ve adopted this habit now and it serves me well. This is such a simple, effective way to avoid mistakes in the kitchen.
You can write all manner of helpful (or sentimental) notes in your cookbooks!
Here are a few examples:
- Loved! I like to use this one when we all enjoy a recipe.
- Terrible! This is really helpful when browsing for a recipe 🙂 Because clearly I will not remember!
- Made for SugarBean’s 2nd Birthday – It makes me happy to see these notes and remember the occasion. I think I won’t forget, but I’m not counting on it!
- Recipe Variations. Do you ever play with a recipe and wish you had written down what changes you made? Yep. I still think about those wonderful enchiladas from 10 years ago. Seriously! I’m on a mission to find the best enchilada recipe. If you have a super duper one, send it to me.
- Alternate Preparation Methods. This kind of goes with the above, but is more concerned with how a recipe is put together. This is something I am working on with adapting recipes to more traditional preparation methods (as I mentioned in the kamut cookie post). For example, with baked oatmeal, I might jot down some notes about adding a little whey or apple cider vinegar to the oat/water mixture and letting it sit overnight.
This is a very simple tip, but it can really save you a lot of time, wasted food, and a big headache.
So tell me, do you write in your cookbooks?
Also Shared on Works For Me Wednesday @ We are THAT Family