A Challenge for All the Foodies Out There
Will someone please write me a food blog that I can actually follow?
I cook. I even cook creatively. I substitute and sniff and whisk like I know what I'm doing. But I don't. And when I try and read recipes, they don't help much. Part of the problem is just the basic ingredients list confuses me.
The other day I ate potato salad with corn and dill in it. It was fabulous. I could make this! I thought, but then I remembered that:
A. I do not know where to buy dill
B. I would not know good dill from bad dill.
And yes, I know that that information is readily available online, but I want it simpler, faster, and right in the recipe. Here's my idea of a good recipe:
ordinary things you recognize
cilantro - you can get this at a regular grocery store, normally in the produce section. it looks like this *insert picture* and when it is fresh it is extra green/crunchy/whatever I have no idea because I have never seen cilantro in my life.
panko - this is Japanese bread crumbs that you have to go to a specialty grocery store for. It is probably in the asian section or maybe by the regular bread crumbs.
Here's a photo of a common brand:
<<insert photo of it in a can or box or whatever it comes in>>
I like to think I am not the only person baffled by the ingredient list, but I may be wrong. It could just be me.
Another thing would be a good substitution list. Like, "People often put celery in potato salad, but really anything crunchy is good, like carrots, cucumbers, or peppers."
And, "If you can't find fresh dill, you can used dried, just use half/double the amount."
Or, "If you are too lazy to go find Panko, use regular breadcrumbs and add <insert some secret spice here>.
Please, someone rise to the challenge and write me a recipe I can actually shop for!