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Novice cook in search of advice...help! :-)

lovessushi | Jun 19, 2008 08:37 PM

I have been cooking for a while...really...I have...if you give me a recipe, and it's a good recipe, you'll be in a for a wonderful dinner. Here is the problem...I cannot cook without a recipe. And I cannot tell bad recipes from good recipes. I have no clue. No concept at all. I have the America's Test Kitchen cookbook from 2003 and another test kitchen book and the joy of cooking and from all those I've maybe made 20 recipes with varying success. I have them because I figured little could go wrong with recipes from good books like those. And that's true. Except some of them sucked. And when bf looked at them he said 'of course', obviously sucky!.... (clearly)...

So my question to you all is...I am looking to make simple, healthy, relatively inexpensive food though I try to buy as many local and fresh ingredients as possible - no cans, no processed stuff, etc... WHAT CAN I MAKE???? Dinner is always a toss up - do you want breaded chicken or lemon chicken....do you want chili, burgers, or meatsauce? None of that? Can't help you... Seriously, where can I find simple, healthy recipes for dinner/lunch that don't take forever and are GOOD - maybe if I have a whole selection of good ones and make them repeatedly I'll get the knack of cooking without a book and knowing what a good recipe might have in it's contents....

If you've read this far, thanks :-)

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