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Old 11-02-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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In a cooking rut/slump

Has anyone else been in a rut when it comes to cooking? I've been at this for 33 years, cooking for my family. We have 5 children, only 2 live at home now.They both have their own lives, college, jobs and social activities. I still love to cook, but there are stretches that I just don't feel like it.

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Old 11-02-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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First, welcome to DC.

Now...when it comes to a rut, we've all been there. What to do about it?

In my estimation, just regroup and try something different. I raised 8 children and sometimes I felt as though I was running a mess hall. Then as the numbers reduced, I gained some breathing space and became a little more relaxed.

I also thought about looking into more variety. Having said that, I then began to plan my meals around a "beef-pork-chicken-fish-veal-meatless-leftovers" menu. I took that concept and ran with it. Given this idea, I had 6 days of meal bases that would pep up my meals.

Hang in there. It won't last forever. You'll get ahead of the game again.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:36 PM   #3
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Oh yes, Shrek (the spousal unit) eats a very small variety of meals now, no fun cooking anymore. I've learned to cook for me and he either eats or he fixes his own.

Time to start thinking about all those things you wish you could have tried when there were too many mouths to feed. Expand your basic stock to include some new spices, etc., find new recipes. Our dinner threads are great places to start.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:28 PM   #4
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Welcome to DC, farmertrish!

You shall find very many of the recipes here to entice and to do of differently. Many of these are of the simple ingredients but to the different dish.

I am sure you shall find of your way away of this rut in here, and we shall help you also.

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Old 11-02-2013, 11:38 PM   #5
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No such thing as a rut. It's called sick and tired! Tell someone else cook for you!
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:12 AM   #6
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No such thing as a rut. It's called sick and tired! Tell someone else cook for you!
+1,i just go out to eat if i don't feel like cooking...job done!
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Ooh get you mung bean
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:24 AM   #8
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I wouldnt say Im in a rut, but sometimes I get sick of cooking the same old things over and over. That being said, I can go about 2 months without repeating something, but after 20 + years, I guess it all gets common over time. I try to go to different ethinc restaurants to introduce myself to new dishes, or more importantly, new flavor profiles which will motivate me to experiment, buy new spices ... or whatever it takes to recreate the new things I like. I find the food shows usually rehashing the same old crap over and over. It was entertaining for awhile, and sure I still watch and get new ideas, but for me, I think the best way to get inspired is to go out to new restaurants, new markets and find new things.
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Ooh get you mung bean
gotta be done hun,gotta be done...........!
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I wouldnt say Im in a rut, but sometimes I get sick of cooking the same old things over and over. That being said, I can go about 2 months without repeating something, but after 20 + years, I guess it all gets common over time. I try to go to different ethinc restaurants to introduce myself to new dishes, or more importantly, new flavor profiles which will motivate me to experiment, buy new spices ... or whatever it takes to recreate the new things I like. I find the food shows usually rehashing the same old crap over and over. It was entertaining for awhile, and sure I still watch and get new ideas, but for me, I think the best way to get inspired is to go out to new restaurants, new markets and find new things.
with you on both points larry,cooking shows were a major part of my tv "diet".never watch them now unless the programme includes visits to the country of origin or the food producers themselves.that bit is still interesting to me & some of the scenery etc can be stunning.same with inspiration from eating out.went to a new indian restaurant near me.had a lamb shank curry.the shank was presented vertically with a "chefs hat" on the bone.the idea is that you grip the hat & gently pull.the meat was that tender that the bone came out clean as a whistle leaving the shank fillet on the plate.can't wait to try that at home
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