Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Have you ever gotten an email to join an online recipe exchange? It's where you email a recipe you really like to the two people whose names are at the top of the list in the email. Then you delete them, put your own name at the bottom, and forward it on to ten people. Then, like the elusive chain letter that is supposed to earn you millions of dollars, dozens of wonderful recipes should come flooding back to you in a few days.
Well, I've gotten several of these. Five or eight at least. And guess how many recipes I've ever gotten back? ZERO. For some reason the people I send my emails to (and I try to pick them based on people I know enjoy cooking) never follow through. Or else their friends never follow through. Or else their friends don't. Somewhere along the line, the chain always breaks and I am left with the same old recipes I've always used. Oh sure, I could look up new recipes online or get a cookbook. But I am always wary of things I haven't tried. Or someone I know personally hasn't tried. I want something with rave reviews from someone whose judgement I trust.
Enter you guys!
Soooo, I'd like to propose a blog version of the recipe exchange. If you like to cook or bake, and you like getting new tried-and-true recipes to try, then this is for you. I can't promise you a million dollars, or even a million recipes, but maybe, just maybe a few dozen good ones will come in to your blog soon. And you don't even have to use a stamp!
I'm also thinking, if people like the recipe exchange idea, maybe I'll make it a monthly thing. Maybe I'll even make it themed! Like Mexican Night, Crock Pot Favorites, Skunk Cabbage Delights, etc.
Here's how to play:
1) Make a new blog post titled "Recipe Exchange" and post a recipe you love on your blog. (Include instructions for others to play along.)
2) Post the link to your recipe in my comments.
3) Check back to my comments often to see the links others have posted to their recipes.
4) Click on their comments to get even MORE links.
5) Start cooking! And be sure to report back to me (oh, and them) if you liked what you made.
I hope that made sense. I also really hope this works. I'm not sure I could take more recipe exchange rejection. I might be doomed to eat Chicken Casserole and Tacos over and over for the rest of my life!
Pasta Carbonera - I love this recipe because it is easy and quick and I almost always have everything on hand.
2 cups shell noodles (or whatever you have on hand)
1/2 onion, diced
8 slices of bacon, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup parmeasan cheese
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper
In a large pot, cook noodles to al dente (slightly firm). Drain and return to pan ( no heat). Meanwhile, brown the bacon and onions until crisp. Drain and set aside. In a blender, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper until thoroughly mixed. Pour egg mixture over cooked noodles and return to medium heat. Toss in peas. Add bacon/onions and begin slowly turning the mixture over continuously with a spatula, scraping the bottom as you go. (Don't stir or you will turn the noodles to mush). As eggs begin to become lumpy, add the cheese. Continue turning mixture until eggs are nearly cooked through but are still slightly glossy (3-5 minutes). Turn off heat, but leave on stove until ready to serve.
Now it's your turn. What have you got for me?
Daily Weight Loss: 0.8 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 9.4 lbs