Credibility Of A Cookbook

Back in my early foodie days, I would be extremely eager to try any recipe that I can lay my hands on. Be it a handwritten recipe from a friend or a clipping from newspaper/magazine; anything goes. But with age comes wisdom (I truely, hope) that no two recipes for the same dish are ever equal.

From the library, I found 300 Slow Cooker Favorites and I must say that I am very tempted to try some of the recipes in it. They look absurdly easy to put together. So one of the recipes which I had flagged for trying was New England Clam Chowder. I can't say that I love clams, but in this house, anything laced with cream goes. So I knew that I had to give this a try.

The recipe calls for evaporated milk as the base and it comes with a tip box that explains why evaporated milk was chosen for slow cooker version. So I picked up a tin of evaporated milk in the supermarket. But when I was doing my final reading of the recipe, I stopped cold. Do I really care of a soup made from evaporated milk? The answer was a resounding "no!". So I went straight for my JOC and there it was. A simple and straight forward recipe made with fresh cream and took me less than 30mins from start to finish cleaning up. All I can say is that I was glad that I made the last minute change.

Don't get me wrong that this cookbook is trashy. I had tried its I'd-Swear-It's-Pizza Soup and it was interesting but not terrific. Perhaps it needs further customization before I get the hang of preparing it to suit our tastebuds. A big plus for me about this cookbook is that at least this cookbook uses fresh ingredients rather than cans of cream of [fill-in-the-blank] soups. I will definitely try the other flagged recipes, for the convenience of a slow cooker is too easy to love.

Now I have to think of what to do with that tin of evaporated milk. Teh tarik, anyone?

Comments

  1. i almost never try recipe from printed matters now, but try all the tried-and-tested from food blogs hehe

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  2. Yes, I do try from food blogs too! Are there any blogs that you trust implicitly? Do share with me pls!

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  3. check this out, this is my recipe to try list

    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pQFkZ7uU4jRCH0qh1Q6TdRA&hl=en

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  4. Oh my goodness, you have a very interesting and impressive list! Thanks for sharing!

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