Thursday, March 3, 2011

in a rut

My mom is a great cook. She's taught me everything I know. I can usually come close to making everything she makes pretty much just like she makes it. If I'm not sure how she makes it, I call and ask.

My Dad is not terribly picky but he knows what he likes and how he likes it. Because of this, my mom usually stuck with the things she knew Dad really liked. She wasn't always introducing new recipes for us to try. Occasionally she would but for the most part she stuck with the old tried and true.

I've noticed myself in a rut with cooking. I have probably 10-15 meals that I make over and over and over. I don't have a picky husband. Patrick will pretty much eat whatever I put in front of him. He may make a comment like "this isn't terrible but I'm ok if you don't make it again," but he'll eat it. :)

I've decided to try out one new recipe a week. It may just be a new take on an old classic but it will be something new. I want to grow in my ability to cook and create meals. I'll be letting you blog readers know if I find any gems. I'd also love to know if you have any recipes that are staples in your house. You can leave them in the comment section or email them to me... I'd love that!


  1. I post most of my recipes on my blog, so here is a link to them:

    I cant wait to hear what you try, I always feel like I am in a rut too!

  2. Taco Soup

    1 lb ground beef
    1 cn corn
    1 cn black beans
    1 cn rotell
    1 pkg taco seasoning
    1 pkg ranch seasoning
    1 cn water
    about a half an onion
    maybe some garlic
    salt & pepper

    brown the beef with the onions. add everything else but the S & P(not draining anything)and simmer for about 45 minutes. salt and pepper to taste.

    its super yummy with some sour cream and homemade tortillas (Miss Kim's recipe) or chips! hope y'all enjoy. it's a family favorite in the Essig home thanks to Kaitlin Christian!

  3. Hannah, I was in the same spot a couple yrs ago until I just decided my ENTIRE menu for each week would be different! It works & it's practical if you keep the recipes practical for your lifesytle. I have learned so much the last few years (I've found the best recipes come from bloggers, real Moms who actually eat the stuff!) and we rarely eat the same things anymore. Of course everybody has their go-to recipes for busy weeknights or tight budgets. They still creep their way onto our table occasionally. But stick with your plan for trying something new each week! Or even every couple days! You won't regret it! It makes eating AND cooking so much more enjoyable!
    Good luck! :)