I have what is known as a "recipe addiction". Not just a cookbook addiction (because I own way to many of those), but also a food blog addiction (there are so many good ones to follow), a food tv show addiction (PBS, Food Network, Travel Channel etc.) and a magazine addiction. And by magazine addiction I don't just mean food magazines...because even magazines like House Beautiful and People tend to include recipes in their editions these days.
Not only do I have a stack of food magazines in the living room, not only do I have several bookshelves filled with food magazines, not only do I have boxes filled with entire issues of Gourmet and Bon Appetit in my garage, I also have several containers full of recipes that were torn out or cut out of magazines be they from TV Guide, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Family Circle, Redbook, Vogue...you name it, if it was a recipe in a magazine that I bought or subscribed too, that recipe was pulled out and set aside to "someday" end up on my dining table. The scary thing is that I had a good 15-20 years worth of these cut out and pulled out pages that I threw away about 8 years ago, several boxes worth that just went in the garbage. Because...well...I hadn't started to actually cook back then. But now I do cook. So the collecting of the magazine recipes continues.
Technically, I've never met a recipe I wouldn't collect no matter what form it was presented in.
I can tell that some of you are horrified...I can also tell that a few of you are looking sheepishly at the computer screen thinking "thank the Lord, I'm not the only one!". Yes, you like me, may have a recipe addiction. But as long as we are actually cooking some of these recipes, I feel that hope for us is not lost.
Which leads me to this month. You'll notice I steered away from trying to cook my way through my cookbook collection to actually pulling out and cooking some of the recipes that have been bookmarked from current and not so current magazine sources. Some I found in recent issues of cooking magazines that seem to be piled up or stacked everywhere. Other recipes came from pages that were pulled from various magazines and live in containers full of other recipes. There are recipes I'm not even sure came from my sources, they could have come from that box of her recipes my mother had me go through last year (see, it's not my fault, it's an inherited trait!).
In any event, March has slowly become March Magazine Madness where I try to make a dent in all those magazine recipes I've been meaning to try. Of course technically that's like a drop of water in an ocean, but at least Mr. L can't complain that I never cook from all those magazines and recipes I have lying around. Which means that old "if you haven't used it in a year throw it away" adage doesn't apply. I am using these magazine recipes. Let March Magazine Madness continue....