Saturday, March 14, 2015
Weekend Cooking - I went on a cookbook spree!
This is my first time participating in Weekend Cooking, which is hosted by Beth Fish Reads each weekend. I have read Weekend Cooking posts by others for years and think I finally have a few things to say. Not sure how often I'll participate, but this week I went on cookbook buying spree. And I'm excited!
You know, sometimes you just look at your cookbooks or your recipe box or in your refrigerator and you think, I am so bored with my usual little "go-to" meals. Eventually spring will no doubt come and I'd like to have a few new things to try. Kind of a spring cleaning for my cooking. For years, when I worked full time and after we were empty nesters, it was easy for us to eat very few dinner meals at home. We were in a big city and restaurants and take out were everywhere. After we moved to the country about 3 years ago and I no longer worked, I had to do a major overhaul to my dinner thinking. It had been a long time since I had cooked on a regular basis, I almost forgot how. So I dusted off my cookbooks, acquired a few more, and took to meal planning again.
My friend Les, who blogs at Prairie Horizons, has been sharing some recipes in the last few weeks from The Skinnytaste Cookbook. They have looked very tasty and also healthy. Which is a good thing right? I've been flipping through this one since it came and I've hit upon a few that look easy and flavorful - like Chicken Pasta Caprese. We love Caprese Salad. Why not add some chicken and pasta? Or how about Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa? I'm terrible with cooking pork chops and this could be a winner.
I saw Sheet Pan Suppers last week on Beth Fish Reads and decided that I would order that one as well. The title continues with "120 Recipes For Simple, Surprising, Hands-off Meals Straight From The Oven". Sign me up! How about BBQ Chicken Nachos? Or Breakfast Berry Cobbler? Yum! I'm definitely going to try Balsamic Shrimp and Summer Vegetables.
And then because I needed to spend a few more dollars to make shipping free, I was drawn to the only Ree Drummond cookbook that I don't already own - The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Food From My Frontier. Because, honestly, who doesn't need more Pioneer Woman recipes? Well, maybe we don't "need" them but, wow, the flavors (don't look at the calorie count). So, I know I'll be making some Chicken Tortilla Soup and maybe some Corn Casserole With Peppers. Oh, and there is Tres Leches Cake and Blackberry Chip Ice Cream. Sigh.
I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with some of these lovely, lovely recipes. I'll be back in a while with more cooking ruminations. See y'all!