Do you know what this is? Looks like a harmless manila folder. You’ve seen hundreds of ’em before, right?
But this folder, this one right here, is scary because it’s filled with…
*cue Jaws music*
RECIPES I TORE OUT OF MAGAZINES THAT I WILL NEVER, EVER MAKE!!!
Oh, the horror…
This stupid folder sat on my kitchen counter, mocking me. “Hey, you said you were going to make me a year ago? What’s the deal, lady?” “Whaddya mean you don’t have crushed cashews, sprigs of rosemary, and capers stocked in your pantry?”
And every time I saw the folder, I would feel guilty. Guilty about having the recipe in the first place, and then feeling guilty that all this time went by, and I still hadn’t made the freakin’ dish.
I’m over it.
Part of my Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge, is to completely overhaul my kitchen and only keep what I will use. And all of the recipes calling for 35 different fancy ingredients, or the recipes whose prep time starts at 2 hours… I’m done.
I will never make these recipes.
It feels oddly gratifying to give them up. I’m okay with not being the next Giada or anyone with the word “chef” in front of their name.
So au’ revoir folder stuffed with guilt-inducing recipes.
It’s like we never met.