I like cooking. Most of the time. But cooking dinner (and other meals) every day can be overwhelming. The hardest part about making dinner, though, is figuring out what to make and then having the right ingredients on hand to make what you want. For the past few months, however, a blank calendar has revolutionized my meal-making. There's a general plan: beans/legumes on Monday, soup & sandwiches on Tuesday, chicken on Wednesday, pasta on Thursday, fish on Friday, etc. I scour my cookbooks and pencil in meal ideas for weeks in advance. Before I go food shopping I sit down, peek at the plan and make a list of ingredients I will need to buy, in hopes that I will only need to make one trip to the store that week.
The plan is totally flexible and if we're lucky, there are leftovers so I don't even have to cook some nights. The truth is, half the time I'm not even cooking what I planned, but it is nice having a plan.
I'm a cookbook lover. The prettier the pictures, the better. I just got the Apples for Jam cookbook a few weeks ago and I stare longingly at the cover every time I walk past it. It's organized by color. Lot's of tomato sauces in the red section, chocolates in the brown. It is gorgeous.
I like to try out new recipes - some work, some don't. Some of our favorites recently have been: