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I had a great weekend but I’m such a bad blogger that I didn’t even take the time to prepare a post for you guys.  Sheesh.  So, you get a meme that I stole from Nora.  It’s about food – no big surprise there!

Where do you obtain the recipes you prepare?

I have some standard cookbooks but I get a lot of recipes from the internet and magazines.

How often do you cook a new recipe?

Probably a few times a month.  Sometimes they are really good and wind up part of the regular rotation and then other times they just never show up on our table again.

Where do you store your favourite recipes?

I have a 3 ring binder stuffed with photocopies and print out.

How large is your recipe pile? Is it organized? How?

It’s several inches thick and it’s not organized at all.  I can usually find what I want within a few minutes and I’ve never successfully managed to keep them in order despite my best efforts.

What is the oldest recipe in your to try pile?

Oh, geez, maybe 12 years or more?  I subscribe to a cooking listserve called nowurcookin and it used to be quite active and I have recipes I printed out from there from years ago that I still haven’t tried.  Odds are at this point that I won’t try them but I can’t bring myself to discard the recipes.

Are you really ever going to make all those recipes in your to try pile?

See above.  I think I am but whether I really will is a whole ‘nother story.

Do you follow a recipe exactly or modify as you go?

The first time I make something I follow it exactly but if I make it again then I’m much more likely to improvise.

What is one new recipe that you’re scared to try?

I’d really like to try making homemade pasta but I just don’t have the guts.  Of course, I used to feel that way about pie crust and I’ve certainly over come that fear so who knows, there may be homemade pasta in my family’s future.

Now that school is back in session and routines are starting up again I’m planning meals and cooking more.  I’m always looking for new ideas, though, so tell me, what’s your favorite week night dinner?

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  1. Fish tacos at the Lone Star Tacquaria. Seriously, I don’t like to cook and if we can’t grill the meat and fix an easy veggie dinner isn’t likely to happen.

  2. Salad. Sheep yoghurt dressing, lightly. The salad has whatever needs to be used, and almost always is topped with avocado.

    I need a way to organize my recipes. I hope your commenters help on this one.

  3. beef stroganoff on noodles (but that’s coming from the two sitting behind me eating breakfast at the counter!). I’d say meatloaf and mashed potatoes!

  4. Sea scallops with a tarragon/ garlic cream sauce served with white rice and a veggie on the side. Last week the veggie was fresh ‘Orange Blossom’ tomatoes and green peppers from the garden with feta, onions and dressed with oregano and olive oil.

  5. Favorite meal huh? Would have to be my homemade pizza (I make the pizza dough in the bread maker). I top it with barbque sauce, grilled chicken, red onions and mozzarella cheese. Yummy!

    Don’t be afraid of the pasta – hubby does it all the time. He does have an electic pasta maker which makes it easier. It’s a bit of a mess but tastes great.

  6. I’m making chili in the crockpot for tonight. I don’t spend the time in the kitchen like I used to since the kids are grown and gone. I have made homemade pasta before and it’s really not hard to do. You should try it.

  7. Stir-fry chicken with peppers, onions and Mexican seasoning, served over rice. Kinda fajitas without the fajitas.

    Of course, I can’t eat this any more, but it’s quick and easy. Another one I like is black beans and rice with cheese on top.

  8. Don’t fear the pasta. It is very easy to make. Probably easier than pie crust. The taste is worth it.
    My favorite week night meal is soup with homemade bread. That’s one thing I’m looking forward to about fall.

  9. it’s funny about those recipes you have for ages, and don’t know if you’ll make them but they still sound so good…..i’ve got some of those. i don’t really have a favorite weeknight dinner, but after a busy summer and 2 week vacation i’m desperate to eat my own cooking again – if only i can remember what we like to eat.

  10. Home made pasta is awesome. My husband bought me a pasta maker when we first started dating and then when he upgraded my mixer he bought me the pasta machine attachment. Try it, you’ll have no regrets.

  11. Oh Carole, do not be intimidated by the thought of homemade pasta! The few minutes it requires are well worth the wonderful taste. I have a hand cranked pasta machine that has all kinds of different attachments for ravioli, lasagna, capellini, etc. and another hand cranked machine for many different tubular pastas. Also, as Donna mentioned, homemade pizza is the best. I raise the dough in the microwave oven on the lowest power for 10 minutes and it is ready by the time the oven heats. Now, I want to make pasta, pizza….

  12. LOL! Bad blogger? You’re one of the best bloggers I know!

    I don’t know if we have a favorite weekly dinner. If I had to choose, I’d say some kind of Mexican. I like to make large batches of taco meat and freeze it in individual scoops on a cookie sheet (then put in a freezer bag). Then it’s ready to go for whatever we want – taco salad, burritos, etc.

  13. Carole, you are NOT a bad blogger – and I’m so glad you did the meme!! I haven’t done pasta, either – I have made egg noodles for chicken soup, and gnocchi. I don’t know, it really seems like a LOT of work given the copious amounts of pasta consumed around here!

  14. home made pasta is a lot like the first time you knit cables… once you do it, you’ll realize that it is simple (albeit time consuming..) yet soooo worth the effort if you have the time. Nothing tastes quite so fabulous.
    and i love your idea of a three ring binder for recipes. Mine are stuffed into a clear recipe book holder, and it’s about to explode.
    great meme.

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