Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Got Resolutions?

I've got tons!  But, this year I'm starting early, since I tend to run out of steam and/or discipline early on.  Besides the usual healthier eating, more exercise, kinder/gentler resolutions, I am going to become a whirlwind of feng shui (wait -- that's definitely an oxymoron!) - I'm going to wrap myself in feng-shui-ism and purge.  It is a formidable task, but it is time.  Either that, or someone will find me years later, mummified under a pile of Country Living magazines. 

In the spirit of the new feng shui me, I am downsizing my considerable cookbook collection.  That also has to do with the healthier eating me, but one resolution at at time.  I've just put a bunch on Freecycle, but there are two that were more...special.  And, as I know my sweet readers are incredibly good cooks and all-round gourmands, I am going to give them away here. 

First is Ricki Carroll's "Home Cheese Making" - I believe the most recent edition.  Paperback and chock-full of great cheese-making recipes and instructions.  I have a dog-eared copy that I use often.  This is much more pristine!

Second is "The Caprilands Kitchen Book" - paperback, spiral-bound.  I happen to have a soft spot for all spiral-bound, local recipe compilations, which is evident in my bulging shelves of cookery books.  I'm not sure of the year, but this is a quaint collection from a Connecticut herb farm/restaurant.

Just comment below and let me know which book you would like.  I will randomly pick the winners (providing there are more than two comments, LOL!)  Bon Appetit, as my hero, Julia would say!


The Apple Pie Gal said...

I have scads of cookbooks too! What a great idea to purge some and give them away! Isn't it funny that we would hit the blogs and internet before the books we once stacked a mile high? Well I look at it this least we know the ones our friends post are tried and true.

You don't have to give me a cookbook, I would have commented regardless! But I have never made cheese and would be willing to try it if you say it works! Too bad I don't have a goat or cow! ;)

Maybe I will go thru mine and swap you one. HA! Like that helps your FengShui resolution! But it could be fun!

Anonymous said...

Good for you for the resolutions. I have a bunch in the back of my mind... some of them are self-improvement related, some are just to function better in today's world. Most of my resolutions I never follow through on, but I figure if I get a few months of improvement out of myself, that's a good thing!

Anonymous said...

I've been looking at the cheese one. I'd have to vote for that one. I'm all for resolutions but can you really ever have too many cookbooks????

Charlene in Kentucky

Mama Pea said...

If I told you how many cook books I have, you would say, "Well, she sure doesn't need another one!" But I have a hard time passing them up. I'll have to say I'd like the cheese making one.

Funny thing you're doing this. I've been thinking of going through my cook book shelves and thinning them down considerably. (And now I'm wangling for another one. Makes no sense!)

Chicken Mama said...

Yeah, I'm not sure I like this *particular* purge of yours given the fact that I put cookbooks in the highest regard. Still, you ARE purging, and I need to do that with CLOTHES! No, I'm in NO WAY a fashion horse, but the amount of "work clothes" (as in, not nice enough to wear off the homestead) I have is insane. But, what to DO with them? I'd feel guilty bringing them to the recycling center store (think Goodwill) - they've got stains and all sorts o' stuff on 'em!

But, I digress. PLEASE put me in the running for the cheese making book!!!

(*Something* told me to check your blog today, in particular! SO glad I did!!)

Sylvie said...

I highly recommend "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" by Karen Kingston. Did I give you this book?