Old Cookbooks

The other day I finally got around to unpacking the last boxes from our move. We have been living here four years so I guess it was time… In a box labeled Assorted I found my old “library” of cookbooks from my single days living on the Upper East Side. I had to laugh because it was such a strange and limited assortment – Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, CIA’s Breakfasts and Brunches, and the most uncharacteristic, Martha Stewart’s Healthy Quick Cook. I can only assume the last one was a gift? From whom I can’t recall. I also can’t remember ever using them – I was surprised they had followed me all the way to the suburbs, 15 years later.

I’ve upgraded along the way; but back then my one fancy kitchen gadget was a George Foreman grill that I kept on top of my microwave for lack of counter space. It was a present from my parents for finally leaving the nest! How I loved that grill… not sure where that ended up but it did not survive moving three apartments and one house later, like the cookbooks did.

After flipping through some pages for old times sake I did find several recipes in Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals that seemed easy, quick and suitable for the little guys. Since I had carried it around with me for all these years I figured it would be worth my while to try a few recipes after all. And if I could  cook them in 30 minutes, bonus!

Honey Lime Chicken (Adapted from Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals)


1 lime, juice of

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb chicken tenders, about 8 pieces

Salt & Pepper



Combine lime juice, honey, cumin, cilantro and olive oil in a shallow bowl.


Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.


Place chicken in dressing, making sure to coat each piece, and set aside for 10 minutes.


Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill chicken about 5-6 minutes per side.


Remove from grill and let rest. Slice chicken and serve with salsa and chips.


And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “I’ll give you one point and a bonus burp!”

Liam (age 4): “This chicken tastes like bicycles”

Dylan (age 4): “When you suck on it, it gets too spicy”

I am not sure what bicycles taste like but Liam did eat all of his chicken. And cooking time for this meal was in fact 30 minutes. Bonus burp to Rachael Ray!


8 thoughts on “Old Cookbooks

    • I feel like I collect at almost every meal – the boys are quite loud while they are eating! A great compliment to the chef I suppose… 🙂
      Now that I might actually use the cookbooks I am glad I didn’t toss them, I can add them to my little library that is growing slowly but surely.

  1. Four years is nothing. I still have boxes from my previous apt. that are still unpacked. Hopefully with time…

    Do you have a menu planned for me? I can tell you now that i won’t want anything tasting like bicycle.

  2. I think we gave you the CIA book. didn’t you have a wedding shower or party where everyone had to bring something to represent part of a day? I think our time was around breakfast, hence that cookbook. I also think I bought it for you because breakfasts are generally the easiest meal to make and there had to be sometime when you were first married you did some cooking! Living in NY area it is easier to eat out and I figured you’d be doing that A Lot! then again we might have bought that because we were at the CIA and we really like their cookbooks!

    I love Liam’s comments. he is hysterical. From now on chicken will definitely be equated with chicken around these parts.
    Love, Judy

    • Oh Judy that is hilarious – mystery solved! Around that time I was eating most of my breakfasts at the diner down the block. Those days are way over – so you will be glad to know I will finally be putting the cookbook to good use. Thank you again!
      Liam just learned how to ride a 2-wheeler this week so he must have bicycles on the brain.

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