Jun 30, 2010

How I'm going to become a domestic goddess

I'm not great in the kitchen. I'm a pretty good cook (although I am a strict recipe-follower), but not so much with baking. This summer, I'm determined to change that, or at least start trying. Going hand in hand with that, I'm excited to do a review for a CSN product. CSN has everything from dining room tables, to kitchen appliances, and even adorable baby items! (Which does not help the baby fever!)

I'll let you know when I get the item because I'll be making something with it and of course blogging! (Hint: it will help me in the kitchen. I hope). I promise to be honest in my review - I'm not getting paid for this and if the product isn't great I will tell you that. However, I have high hopes!
In the meantime, I've decided to create my own couch to domestic goddess plan. I'll start with the kitchen. I'm going to make one new recipe a week, and eventually work my way up to not being afraid to stray from the recipe. I need you to help keep me accountable!

Are any of you domestic goddesses? Are you a keep-to-the-recipe, or throw a bunch of things in the pot kind of cooker? If you have any easy recipes please send them my way!

(Photo: ffffound)


Diana Mieczan said...

I really like that....I cant wait for this:) I bake and Balazs cooks...I really enjoy both but Balazs is so creative that I leave it to him....Baking is my thing...I realx doing in and I often put my own input or change it up...Its a funny story...I started to bake years ago as a hobby for our parties and if friends asked me to and now I get phone calls from people who I dont know asking if I can bake them a cheesecake...LOL..I love that:)
Kisses darling and good luck...

Brittany said...

Ooh, exciting! Can't wait to see more of your kitchen exploits. Here is one of my favorite recipes, for salmon crepes. It feeds a ton of people, and the people think they are very fancy, but actually they're pretty simple. And don't follow exactly - because it calls for canned salmon, which is disgusting - just flake a pound of fresh. These are impossible to mess up :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Can't wait to see what you do a product review on! How fun! Glad that the hook up w/ CSN worked out for you!

My goal is to make a recipe a week as well. I usually try to make a new one, but that doesn't always happen. It's kind of pathetic that I only cook once a week, but there is just no time during the week to whip up a meal and do the dishes!

Emily Jane said...

Good luck!! This is going to be fun! I find recipes a little intimidating because you always have to spend so much more on ingredients than you would takeout lol but I do try every once in a while :)

Shannon said...

I totally did this! I think I started last year and I swear, we ate takeout at least 3 to 4 nights a week. But then I realized I also wanted to be domestically awesome so I started cooking new recipes and now I do a new one at least twice a week and meal plan and all that stuff, it's crazy! I'm a different person! haha

Kyla Roma said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! I don't think I'm a domestic goddess, but I love cooking and baking like crazy! We barely ever have take out, which is a huge help on our budget, but more than that I just love learning how things go together and becoming more comfortable with combining ingredients and throwing things together on the fly.

I would vote you buy a cook book that really excites you and use that as a jumping off point for your domestic journey. While the internet is fun, having one source you can really trust always encourages me to get more adventurous.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I always start with a recipe and then I just adjust.

Here's a chicken enchilada recipe..
1 dozen flour tortillas
6 or 8 chicken breasts (cooked and diced)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
¼ cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream

Filling – chicken, onion, cheese.
Sauce – sour cream, soup, onion.

Place filling on the tortilla. Add 1 tablespoon sauce on the chicken mixture.

Roll up and put in 9 x 13 pan (sprayed with PAM). Pour remaining sauce over the tortillas. Cover with cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes

Mandy said...

I love cooking and baking! Its something that has become so relaxing for me, creating for my family and friends. Over the past few years, I like to think I've learned my way around the kitchen pretty well.

Amber said...

While I do ENJOY cooking, a lot. I'm not all that good at it to be honest! Haha

Gracie said...

I, unabashed, admit to being a domestic goddess. I do all the old-fashioned things, like sew clothes and bake bread without a recipe. Alas, since I wasn't born in 1809, there is little use for my "skills"!
Recipes....don't use them. Even when baking I prefer to eyeball it. I do still read cookbooks, though, they're so inspiring!

Darcie said...

I think this will be a good challenge for you! Can't wait to hear more about it!

Let's just say I'm a nervous cook---I'm not really all that bad at it, but I tend to freak out at least once during the cooking process. I can never tell when things are done!

I have learned by reading those "Eat This, Not That" books how much healthier it is when you cook at home and how many better ingredients there are for you. I stick pretty closely to the cook book too, but the place I normally branch out on is the seasoning. Growing my own herbs now, I get to use parsley, thyme, and rosemary a lot!

Elizabeth said...

cute dress!

I'm not doing the dress challenge, but last week I got a dress at TJMaxx for $15 AND it FITS!!!! :D

Elizabeth said...

sry I commented on the wrong post!!
good luck w/cooking! :)

Dani said...

I don't do recipes often, but when I do I usually end up deviating slightly anyhow. Try Julia Child's roast chicken - it could NOT be easier, and it's completely delicious. Plus it will probably feed you and Ben for 2 meals so it's win-win for little effort.
This is Emeril recreating it, though my cook tim was significantly less (keep a thermometer handy, cooking only as long as you need to ensures that the chicken stays moist):


S.I.F. said...

Is that really your kitchen?!? It's like a restaurant kitchen! I seriously love the color and the stainless steel!!

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Charlie said...

Liking the kitchen in the photo, can't say I've seen a red one before!

I do a mixture of both - some days I'll work hard to get something right and other times I'll sling a load of ingredients in a pan and heat it all up. The second is generally veggies and it tastes good n a healthy way, not so much nice as a meal.

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