January 1, 2018
And then I turned 60. Big sigh…….
A very wonderful friend and sorority sister said, “We should celebrate. We should do something really big… for the year. What will you do?”
After months and months of thought, and looking at my ever growing cookbook obsession and collection (sadly having not cooked through most of them), I have chosen to use them – all of them. Well, most of them. Well, at least I hope to get through all the fun ones – and there are so many of those! As for the other cookbooks – who knows. Not sure where I would find some of the ingredients, like rabbit (The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer) or turtle (A Treasury of Great Recipes by Mary and Vincent Price – yeah, that guy, the actor). Yes, I thought, I can commit to that for a year or more (picture a happy face here). After all, what could be more fun? Learning and improving on my skills – or lack there of – and finally, finally mastering that sous vide that I have had in the closet for two years.
How to do this????? In the last two years, I have amassed more than 100 cookbooks – that is not counting the ones I had before, a small and easily manageable collection. (You can blame all the cooking groups I joined on Facebook for that.) Now, my new books were starting to overtake the designated area they were sharing with my old books for the last 40 years. None of them were being given the chance to shine, and some of them were sadly being shoved in a corner of the garage only to be forgotten.
I am going to try and focus on two to start, but let’s face it. For me, finding cookbooks, cooking, trying new techniques, and revisiting old faithful recipes is like being a 5 year old in a penny candy store with a quarter – nirvana. So while this may be just another cooking blog by just another woman looking to explore her passion more (or just another journey inspired by the book and the movie Julie & Julia), it is my journey. I am now 60, and this is what I am going to do. I am just going to do it.