Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Project

So I started a new project.  We'll see how it goes, but the idea is that once a week, for however long it takes, I cook a new recipe out of a cookbook.  I keep going until I have made something from every single cookbook, or tried a new recipe from some old standbys.  We have so many cookbooks that I've never even cracked that this seemed like a good way to at least decide which cookbooks are good and which ones might get passed onward.  

Week One: The Working Wives' Cookbook.  
This vintage cookbook was a gift from my good friend Amy, and since I am now a working wife (although it does specify "salaried or otherwise"), I thought I would try to make something from this cookbook, which is filled with recipes that you can make ahead and then reheat the next night.  I picked Honeyed Carrots, since we had carrots and we needed to use them.  

 The ingredients list was pretty simple - take a bunch of (sliced) carrots, 4 tablespoons of honey, some salt, and some lemon juice, put them in a pan. Add water to cover, boil until the carrots are al dente and the liquid is half gone.  Refrigerate.
The next night, take 1 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp butter, combine in a pan to make a roux.  Add the carrots and stir the flour into the water until it thickens.

These were pretty good, and a way of eating carrots that has probably gone out of style.  The recipe was quite labor-intensive for something I was supposed to do at 8pm the night before, so I probably won't make them again.  I am encouraged to try to do more things with carrots though.


  1. I love this new project! We don't own any cookbooks because we tend to use the internet for whatever recipe we want to discover, but I kind of wish that I had this.

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  3. This is a great idea! We don't have any cookbooks either and like Jo, usually just use the Internet, but this is making me (almost) want to have at least one!
    ps- sorry for deleting the comment before, I realized I hadn't checked the "email me for follow-ups comments" box & I would have been sad to miss out on the conversation!