I have a love of cooking and fun recipes. I have almost a dozen cookbooks, but only one that we use religiously. It’s a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook with all the basic instructions for types of food and base recipes in the front of each section. This has, many times, been invaluable to me.
I also have a drawer full of printed pages from various websites I use to track down recipes for specific things. This houses our favorite Tilapia recipe, the Cranberry Crumb Pie that we are required to bring to all gatherings between November 1st and New Year’s Eve every year, and a few dozen hand written attempts at keeping track of my waffle recipes.
One thing that most of my recipe favorites have in common is simplicity. They have basic but versatile ingredients and I don’t have to stock exotic items to have our favorite meals. They don’t require a lot of steps to make wholesome and fun meals for my family.
Recently, I was hanging out a friend, pilfering her basement for interesting items for our upcoming costume party, and spotted FOUR boxes of the old recipe cards from the 60s/70s. Noticing my interest (squeal of delight), she kindly offered (was thrilled to be rid of) them to me. Since then, I have been happily experimenting with these recipes. One thing I’ve noticed is that the ingredient lists are much simpler than anything in my cook books.
My family loves the foods I’ve been experimenting with. They are relatively inexpensive and quite likely to use ingredients I have on hand, or need to use up anyway. I have a feeling we’ll be adding a few new frugal and fun favorites to our lists.