Weekly Geeks v9.04: Other Passions

For this weeks Weekly Geeks, we were told to talk about our other passions – ones that don’t necessarily involve books.

  1. What are you passionate about besides reading and blogging?
  2. Get us involved. Link to tutorials, recipes, Youtube videos, websites, fan sites, etc, anything that will help us learn more about your interest or how to do your hobby. Maybe you’d like to link to another hobbyist whose work you admire or tell us about a book or magazine related to your interest.
  3. Visit other Weekly Geeks. Link in your post to other Geeks who’ve peaked your interest in their passion. Or maybe you might find a fellow aficionado among us, link to them.

My other passion is cooking. I love experimenting with ingredients and tools and what not.  In all honestly, blogging is a big part of this hobby as well.  Open Source Cook is my playground.  This is where I go to post any new recipes I’ve found or if I’ve come across a really great tool – the Scoops by the Pampered Chef are awesome!  It all started when my family wanted copies of a couple of my recipes.  I didn’t want to continuously email them out (some of them can’t keep their hands on them), so I decided to put them all online.  Well, I had all the recipes in a Tellico database, and while that worked for awhile, I moved them over the Open Source Cook once I started wanting feedback.  You see, my husbands co-workers love being my guinea pigs.  They wanted someplace to leave comments about the recipes I sent in and a blog was the easiest way to do that.

Open Source Cook is actually a little community as well.  It’s not that big since it’s only my sister, cousin and mother, but I’m always looking for others to add their own recipes.  So I’m kind of infecting others with my cooking bug.

So I’m suppose to get you involved.  Well, that’s easy.  Here are a few recipes that I have enjoyed making (or want to make):

  1. Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Pie – I never thought of using my springform pan in this fashion.  It seems like a really easy recipe to try and I’m thinking of making it for my son’s 2nd birthday at the end of February.
  2. Chocolate Chip Bread – This is one of my husband’s favorites.  While we had the bread machine (it decided to kill itself by jumping off the counter), he would have me make this pretty much every week. It’s a really simply recipe and I always seemed to have the ingredients on hand.
  3. My husband loves my Salsa and Guacamole recipes.  I rarely make them at the same time, but I’m usually making one of these about 2-3 times a month.  It’s gotten to the point where I know all the ingredients by heart.
  4. No-Bake Cookies – who seriously doesn’t love no-bake cookies?  They are the easiest cookie to make and I’m seriously making them every weekend.  If I don’t have my pantry stocked with these ingredients, my husband gives me the puppy dog eyes until I run to the store and get what I need.
  5. I had to include this last recipe simply for the fact of its weirdness.  My husband loves bacon, so when I found the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, he told me I had to make it.  I wasn’t expecting them to come out as well as they did.  They take a little longer, but everyone who has tried them as actually come away rather surprised.

So there are a couple of recipes I like.  I was going to end this post with a recipe that is really good, however, I don’t want to make this any longer than it already is.  So, I’m going to leave you with the name – Strawberry Cream Trifle – and if you’re interested, you can go check it out.  This is actually one that could proably be easily transformed into a WeightWatchers recipe if anyone wants to try it.

Want to find some more non-literary passions?  Then check out some of the other Weekly Geekers posts:

1. Chris@bookarama
2. Maree
3. Lynda
4. Sarah
5. Nymeth
6. Care
7. Andrea
8. Erika – Kiss My Book
9. Gavin
10. Yati
11. Infant Bibliophile
12. claire
13. pussreboots
14. Michelle – Master Musings by Michelle
15. The Dark in the Dark
16. Ali
17. Kristi (Passion for the Page)
18. Becky
19. Becky (part 2)
20. StaciJo
21. Kim@page after page
22. Suey
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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. Thank you for the recipes! I might have to try one soon.. My husband is a chef but never gets to cook for us as he is too exhausted from work and just wants to relax when at home. So of course I had to hone up on my skills (which were not that good to begin with). A lot of times I have difficulty coming up with something to make, even though cookbooks and the net have so many to offer.. it just drives me crazy! My husband also loves salsa and guacamole, and I do my mom’s recipe but will other recipes from your Open Source Cook site.. it’s wonderful.. there are so many I’d like to try!! Thanks again! :)

  2. Great stuff here! I enjoyed reading your ‘rant’ about copyrts on recipes – very interesting!

    I’m always amazed at people who use those pkgs to make guacamole when it is SO easy to do with healthier ingredients!

  3. Ok, now you’ve done it. I already have three blogs and a website. I want to put my recipes & food photos on another one….. Off, to think up names….

    P.S. Thanks for the recipes & inspiration!

  4. That scoop makes it so easy to make the No-Bake Cookies. Seriously, it takes me a 1/4 of the time to make those suckers when I use my scoop.

  5. Oh, thanks for the recipes! Yum. I’ll have to try them out. I love to cook, too, but I’m a terrible experimenter. I do like being others’ guinea pig, though. :)

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