Adventures in Cooking
At the first of the year, I set myself the challenge of trying out one new recipe a week. Well, I have failed miserably. I have been guilty of eating way too many Quest bars and tubs of Greek yogurt instead of trying out new things. Of course, there is nothing wrong with Quest bars and yogurt, but eating too much of the same thing leads me to boredom and food apathy. So this week I renewed my commitment to trying new things and let me tell you, it was a cooking FAIL. I tried to bake some cheesy almond rolls. I don't think there was anything wrong with the recipe - I think it was my understanding of it. but they turned out awful. Which reminds me - online recipes often assume a skill set that I don't have. And some of them don't have enough instructions.
So I continue on my quest to try new recipes, but with the knowledge that I need to learn some new kitchen skills and also that I need to read a recipe through 3-4 times before I try it so that I can be sure it makes sense to me.
One good thing about cooking more is finding new tools. Last year, I bought a set that included a half sheet baking pan and a silicone baking mat. This set has become my go to for so many things. My cheesy almond rolls may not have been the best, but they sure didn't stick! And I have cooked a lot of other things on it - like crescent rolls when we had company - and they just lift right off. The mat is easy to clean and the pan is small enough to fit in my toaster oven. I use the pan without the mat a lot too because it is the perfect size for my smaller portions.