Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to learn a recipe by heart (or a new one).
It’s so exhilarating and freeing to be able to walk into the kitchen, NOT worry about searching for a recipe and jump right in. I’m at this weird point where I have most of my recipes on the computer, but I hate dragging it into the kitchen. I spend a lot of dinner prep time running back and forth between the office and the kitchen, looking at a few ingredients and then remembering them and adding things to the pot. (Another way I’m not so efficient all the time…)
Some that I can do by heart are very basic recipes, like chicken rice soup or stir fry, and others just have a few ingredients, like grain-free crepes. I can make spaghetti squash lasagna without looking, although it’s different every time, and I love late summer when zucchini is in season to make sausage zucchini bake without any paper.
Tomorrow as part of the Nourishing Soup Series, I’m going to share a video of making my favorite soup from childhood, cream of potato. (I shot it this afternoon…but I’m afraid it’s all blurry and I don’t know why! We’ll see if it’s even worth sharing, blah.)
It’s changed a bit over the years, but I haven’t looked at a recipe for cream of vegetable soup in a long time.
I’d love to hear what kinds of recipes you don’t need a recipe card to make happen, whether it’s “just that easy” or one you’ve made so many times, you could do it in your sleep (and sometimes might on a bleary-eyed morning, right?).
Now…go find a great recipe or pick one of your already-favorites and commit to learning it by memory! (Alternately, you could tape just the ingredients to the inside cupboard door…)