Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Cooking Project

I finally watched the movie Julie & Julia. As a blogger and a foody, I loved it. I'm sure the movie has spurred lots of blogging chefs the world over to launch into cooking quests.
I was no different.
My husband saw the wheels turning in my head, and I'm sure it made him super nervous.
With good reason.
You may have already read that I am the official reigning Queen of Unfinished Projects, but when I went to my cook book shelf and pulled down this book:
I think he actually smiled.
I bought this book a few years ago. It was written by the husband of one of my Quilt Guild members. Justin and I have both perused it many times and said, "mmm, this looks really good, we should make it sometime!"
So far I have only made one recipe. I am entering my 10th year now as a New Mexico resident. I think it's time I learned to cook like one.
I'm not doing anything nearly as adventurous as Julie. I have too much on my plate to put additional deadlines on myself- but, I looked at it this way: I have to cook anyway, why not cook my way through this while I am at it?
So here's the deal. I don't know how frequently I will cook a recipe from this book, I just promise that I will post every time I do. I don't know how long it will take me to get through the whole book, but I will.
I also can't promise to post the recipes. Out of respect to Clyde Casey, I will only do so with his permission. I think the book I am using is now out of print, but you can buy his next book:
at or I'm sure I can get it for you if you leave a comment (I can even get it signed for you)
So, today I am making his Chicken Fajitas recipe. The meat is marinating in the fridge. The marinade included fresh ginger and orange juice, and my hands still smell like it...mmm....
The beans are cooking in the crock pot, and well, I can hardly wait for dinner...


  1. What a great idea! I found your blog through "your homebased mom" blog.

  2. YOU ARE AMAZING! Wish I had half your talent and energy. We'll be excited to read more about your adventures as you tackle all those projects. GOOD LUCK!

  3. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for mentioning my books. Feel free to use any recipes you cook from my books Just give me credit for them. Red or Green won the award as best cookbook in the state in 1008 and my newest
    "New Mexico Cuisine" is now available from Amazon or your local store. Keep me posted and I'll watch your progress.
    Clyde Casey