A New Book on My Shelf…

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to take advantage of the time off and spend some time shopping. Yes, I even went shopping on Black Friday. But it was in the afternoon, and the stores weren’t any busier than a normal weekend. I was so exhausted from the food that I couldn’t bring myself to bake anything over the weekend. The Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart was a hit for Thanksgiving, though this time around, the mousse texture wasn’t exactly there.

I had been feeling in a bit of “funk” for the last couple of weeks. I’m not sure what was causing it. But I did know something that would help me snap out of it, so to speak.

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So many surprise recipes! Needed more than I originally thought. Check out the blog next week to read about everything I ended up making over the next few days.

  • Cavatappi pasta
  • Half gallon whole milk
  • Unsalted butter (if on sale)
  • 12 ounces Gruyere cheese
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Nabisco vanilla wafers OR Ginger Snaps
  • 5-6 large bananas

Shopping List for Friday January 22 2021

Well Friday is here again! And what a week it was, for sure.

I took on the task of making dinner tonight and I decided to share my shopping list for the two dishes I’ll be making this evening. One is a main dish and the other is a vegetable dish. I will not be making a side dish or a dessert this week.

At the request of my father, I took the time to try to find a “healthier recipe.” This was somewhat challenging. Most of Ina’s recipes, while delicious, are quite rich. Or, if not rich with ingredients, many recipes such as beef or pork meals are just not as heart-friendly. But, I eventually stumbled upon a great, light, and flavorful chicken recipe that I can’t wait to try!

My Shopping List

  • White wine
  • 5 lemons (wow, can we see a theme here??)
  • fresh thyme
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts (with skin, if able)
  • 2 large bunches of fresh broccoli
  • panko
  • pine nuts

Of course, this list does not include any ingredients that I know I already have in the pantry.

I’m getting hungry just looking at the recipes. I can’t wait for dinner time!

Trip to Williams-Sonoma

If you have been reading this blog since the beginning, you’ll know that I am in the process of making spreadsheets featuring all of Ina’s recipes. As I continue to go through each of the cookbooks, I am noticing some themes.

The first is that there is a lot more lamb recipes than I originally thought. But that topic will be discussed in a future post.

Another commonality I’ve noticed is that Ina loves to make tarts! There seems to be a handful of recipes that end up in a tart pan per cookbook. Most of these are desserts, but some are appetizers (Ina refers to them as “starters”). So, it quickly became clear to me that I needed yet another piece of cookware (bakeware?….).

I needed a tart pan!

And since it will be used quite often it seems, I decided I should just bite the bullet and purchase a good-quality one. So, I made the trip to Williams-Sonoma on Friday morning. It had been at least a year since I’ve walked into one and I’ve never been to the one I went to today before.

I found the staff very helpful and polite and with the global pandemic the store and employees were taking the necessary precautions set forth by my state’s governor. So, I was impressed.

Anyway…I digress.


I soon found the tart pan (11-inch with a false bottom) but then ended up purchasing two other things. One is a paddle for my stand mixer that had the scraper built into it.

I’ve been going back and forth on getting this item for a while and when I made the peanut butter and jelly bars earlier in the week, it suddenly became a necessity to have. Hopefully it’ll prove useful and helpful….or at least allow my batters to be better mixed.

I also purchased a candy thermometer which will probably have very minimal usage in my life, even as I cook my way through the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. But I still wanted one because I’ve always wanted on and now I have one.

So after spending more than $80, I left Williams-Sonoma ready to tackle what seems like a full 10% of Ina’s recipes. When one will actually be made? Hopefully sometime this weekend.

I’ve noticed that I really like making her dessert recipes for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s because they are sweet and “bad for you” or if it’s just because they are a bit easier than most of her recipes. Perhaps I should institute a rule for myself…maybe every fourth recipe will be a dessert one?

Lots of think about….