I asked this question on my new Cooking Community Forum (Is Anyone In A Cooking Rut?) and wanted to post it on this blog so those of you who are not part of the community yet can leave your comments. I hear from so many of you who feel you are in a "cooking rut" and are looking for ways to climb out.
What I mean by cooking rut is you tend to prepare the same five, six, eight recipes night after night, week after week. These may be tried and true recipes that you know work or your kids will eat but now everyone is tired of and looking for something new.
It is my belief that before you can get out of any rut, you have to know the reasons why you're there in the first place. So I am looking for your thoughts and ideas why home cooks often find themselves in these ruts.
Some of the reasons posted at the forum include:
- Lack of time and energy
- Lack of appreciation
- Comfort level with a few particular recipes
- Fast foods
- Same ingredients on hand
- Lack of planning
- Lack of funds
- Availability of ingredients
- Picky eating habits
All great ideas and I'm sure we can all relate to one or more of them. So what I would like to know from those of you who read this blog:
Why do you think we find ourselves in a cooking rut from time to time and how do you suggest we get out of it?