One of my biggest problems as a home cook (I admit, there are several) is trying to decide what to make. I spend way too much time reading recipes and blogs and stories about food, but when it comes down to choosing what to make for say, a weeknight dinner, a small dinner party or a batch of something baked, I'm often struck with major indecision. By default, I look for recipes that are a) quick, b) call for most ingredients I already have in my fridge/pantry, and c) don't involve too many pots and pans to clean afterward. (Okay, I'm kind of a lazy cook). Once in a while I'll try something that takes time and effort, but then I'll just make that one thing and nothing else. ("Hi, honey, we're having sourdough bread from the starter I've been feeding for weeks! If you put some peanut butter on for protein, it's dinner! Bon Appetit!")
So, my question is part a plea for advice on getting over my indecision and part just curiosity. How do you choose what to make with so many freaking recipes out there?