Hello, my name is Paula Hovet – and I am a recipe addict.
Now, I see that a lot of people on the internet claim that. So,I should clarify. I do not collect, categorize, and file recipes. I am not a wanna be Julia Child, Martha Stewart, or even Rachel Ray.
Here is my problem.
I read cookbooks ( like a novel). I browse cooking magazines ( over and over) . I glimpse at the recipe section newspapers. I photocopy the recipes. I tear out the magazine pages with the recipe. I clip out the newspaper recipes. Then, I unceremoniously put them in a plastic zip lock bag, or a single plastic folder. But my favorite place to put them is in my other cookbooks. My poor Fanny Farmer cook book is falling apart! I have done this for years and my tastes have changed dramatically. I laugh out loud at some of the recipes I cut out in the past. What was I thinking?
Well, my addiction has gotten out of hand – I was just looking over my pile of recipes and discovered I have a recipe from an Arizona newspaper from 1989 that I have never made. This is not unusual. I have many recipes that I have never made. I need to get sober!
The purpose of my blog is myriad. First, I am looking for a job and need something to keep me busy. Second, I thought with all my free time I would be ultra constructive and organize my recipes. Third, I must have cut out the recipes for a reason, so in an effort to expand my repertoire I will make it, and give you the verdict. Fourth, my kids will be going to college soon and they want to be able to access my recipes.
I do hope to put pictures on the site. Nothing is so boring as a cookbook without a picture of a finished dish. I love when the cookbook authors put little stories about how they discovered the recipe or what it means to them! Right now, I have no particular order that I will proceed in- I may just go one by one in the pile – or maybe I will put true “keepers” first.
Any suggestions on the order?
A warning! I rarely make a recipe the way it was written. I consider most recipes concepts. I will sometimes use three recipes to make one dish. Using the ingredients I like, tsking at the others. If this is the case, I will try to give the original and then add my changes.
Thought of the day:
Coconut is one of Mother Nature’s mistakes.
I never make anything with coconut – Please -do not even try to convince me.
The first recipe is one I make often. It is from a church cookbook my sister Stephanie gave me. Called “Improve Your Serve.”
Stef, If you ever see Bambi Saxe – tell her this recipe has been to AZ, CA, WA, and GA and always gets rave reviews. My husband’s Uncle Cliff summed it up by saying. “What a neat thing to do with zucchini!” I eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner – it is very versatile.
3 Cups grated zucchini
1/2 Cup chopped Italian parsley
1/2 Cup chopped onion
1 Clove garlic minced
1 Cup Bisquick
1/2 Cup Oil ( I use Olive oil)
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese ( I have used fresh and the type in the plastic container- I like the using the type in plastic container as it is a stronger flavor)
4 Eggs beaten
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 7 x 11 baking dish.
Mix all ingredients well, pour into baking dish. Bake for about 25 minutes until lightly brown. I usually bake it a little longer than this but of course your oven may be different.