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Old 06-01-2005, 06:30 PM   #1
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I'm in a cooking rut.

For the past couple of months it seems I haven't been able to muster any real creativity in the kitchen... I've been off the fresh fruits and veggies... been eating out more and, when I do eat in, it's something like frozen chicken nuggets or some other 'easy fix'.

My health is fine. Maybe I just need some kind of creative shot in the arm. I'm not lazy and I do cook well...

Does anyone else get into cooking ruts? Any ideas on how to break out?

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Old 06-01-2005, 06:36 PM   #2
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I get that way too. I get back into it when I find recipes that I haven't tried or ones that are just a little off from ones that I really like.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:38 PM   #3
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Buy a big bag of ice, some fresh fruit and go crazy with your blender.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:38 PM   #4
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Don't forget the rum!!
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:38 PM   #5
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I get that way too. I get back into it when I find recipes that I haven't tried or ones that are just a little off from ones that I really like.
I'm thinking I might need to schedule a party or something to kick myself in the pants.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:39 PM   #6
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That would be fun, Z. But, I'm too far away!!
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:40 PM   #7
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Buy a big bag of ice, some fresh fruit and go crazy with your blender.
Sounds festive.... I'm listening... (and I like tex's idea to add a little adult beverage to it)
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:47 PM   #8
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Ah! That's it! Check the appetizer forum and plan on making 4 different ones. Then, invite your friends for poker night (or movie night or whatever).
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:48 PM   #9
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going grocery shopping always gets me going!
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:49 PM   #10
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going grocery shopping always gets me going!
Usually works for me, too.... That's why I think I need 'extra' help this time.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:51 PM   #11
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Ah! That's it! Check the appetizer forum and plan on making 4 different ones. Then, invite your friends for poker night (or movie night or whatever).
Well... hmmm.... I AM going to a concert in the park on Saturday and to my cousin's place before it for a BBQ... He's doing the 'beast', but maybe I can do something to go along with it...

(and I haven't ruled out the fruit 'n ice thing yet, either)
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:52 PM   #12
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do both!

Another thing that gets me motivated is to go out to dinner, love my meal and then re-create it.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:59 PM   #13
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I guess I just needed an 'occasion'.

Thanks.

I think I might plan a 'special' dinner for my girlfriend and me, too. I guess having an EVENT of some kind to prepare for gives me the pressure and creative juices I need. I suppose I've just been complacent lately (in terms of planning special things).

I'll call my cousin-in-law and ask her what part of the meal she doesn't have completely covered yet and go from there.
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There you go!
Then, find out what needs to be made, ask us, choose the best one and take all the credit when everyone raves over your cooking!
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There you go!
Then, find out what needs to be made, ask us, choose the best one and take all the credit when everyone raves over your cooking!
Ahhhhh.... I think I'm feeling better already.
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Old 06-01-2005, 07:03 PM   #16
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Wonder what you're gonna make.....

(PS - I'm coming out to your neck of the woods again July 4th week...should be nice and cold out eh?)
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Old 06-01-2005, 07:09 PM   #17
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HA!

I'll let you know.

Where are you staying when you come?
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Both nice center-strip properties... guess you'll be going to Margaritaville, then (?)
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um YEAH!
I still have my little margaritaville parrot for my antannae, only he hangs out in my house because too many people wanted him.
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