Thursday, March 25, 2010

TMOC Part 3: Cookbook

My husband and I started dating when I was 17 (he was 22...and given the whole situation, it's a miracle my parents agreed to let us go out, but that's another story all together). He is the oldest of 6 and happens to have a sister just my age (really, our birthdays are just one month apart). In my family growing up, once you turned 10 you had to learn how to do grown-up chores, like mow the lawn and cook and clean. So I had a good 7 years of cooking under my belt when I met his family. Needless to say, I was a little shocked that his sister didn't really know how to cook much. So for Christmas two years ago, since she was no longer living at home, I made her a cookbook. It was compiled of recipes that were all either fast, easy or super cheap (or all of the above). To top it all off, I tried each recipe out first to make sure it wasn't disgusting and took pictures of each one to put in the cookbook. One of the things I hate about cookbooks is that they get professional food stagers and photographers to make the food look perfect. Mine rarely looks like the pictures!

Anyway, she liked it so much that this past October she asked if I was going to be making her another cookbook for Christmas. Hmm...I hadn't really thought of that and it was WAY too late in the year to be taking on something like that (at least for the way I like to do it). After that comment I decided I would make her another cookbook for this Christmas. And I already have an idea (or two) for next year's installment in her series of cookbooks.

So this month I have been compiling and testing and photographing recipes for a cookbook. Since I haven't done any of the computer work on this yet, I don't have anything to show for it. So here are a few pictures of things I included in the last cookbook I made for her.
Grilled Cheese BLT

This will probably take up two or three months in my TMOC. Maybe next time I'll share a few of the new recipes.
p.s. Sorry for all the background info...sometimes I ramble.


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