Cooking and Baking

I get totally psyched on cooking - and then lose motivation!!

So here's my problem. I am in a cooking rut. It's not for lack of ideas (recipe books galore, websites bookmarked, ideas from friends) or fresh ingredients - Boston has everything. It's not because my kitchen sucks - I have more counter space and cabinets than I know what to do with, and I finally have a big stove and an oven that properly cooks food.

I'll come across a recipe that piques my interest and decide to make it. I'll cobble together all the ingredients, and then 9 times out of 10, I'll leave it at that and do something "easier" (take out, same pasta dish I make over and over, so on and so forth). Sometimes I justify it to myself. "Oh, I don't have as much time as I thought" or "What if my husband doesn't like it (he likes everything)?"

I've been in this rut off and on for a few months, and it's really dragging me down! I'm thinking that to get back on track I will just start slowly. No need to cook everything in the book and have it be perfect - just a decent, home cooked meal! Does anyone have any advice for overcoming a cooking rut? Many thanks!

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