A Plan for the Future

This month has been a weird one for me, blogging-wise. Shortly after beginning my foray into cooking all Ree Drummond’s recipes, I started to lose interest for some reason. I can’t really put my finger on why it happened. But, I just accepted it and kind of went with the feeling, hoping for the interest to return one day.

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Cooking Plans Weekend of 2/26/21

The weekend is almost upon us. That means I get to start planning what recipes I’ll be making. With the warmer weather on the way, I decided that I should take advantage of it still being February and make some comfort food.

Luckily for me, Ina has made this easy. Her latest cookbook is all about comfort food. But, I also want something easy so I’m not spending so much time in the kitchen or breaking the bank. I’ll still be making an Ina recipe, it just will be something a little simpler.

I’ve decided to make mac & cheese because nothing screams comfort food like mac & cheese, right?

Ina has a few recipes for this, one of which does appear in her latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Food. But, I’ll be making the one out of Family Style. I’m so excited, I can almost smell the cheese sauce simmering away!

Cooking Thoughts Week of 2/1/21

This week I am planning to move away from Ina Garten when it comes to my weekly Friday cooking. As of this moment, I am planning to make a vegetarian dish. Probably a soup. It seems like this time of year, my family enjoys having soup in the house on the weekends.

But the question remains….what soup?

Spiral Cookbooks?

Does anyone else like spiral-bound cookbooks? Personally, I love them! I think they hold up much better than hardcover, and especially softcover ones. It’s a shame that they aren’t printed more often. I guess I’m in the minority on this opinion. After all, publishing is a business.

The two Taste of Home cookbooks I have. These are GREAT resources. So many tasty and easy recipes!

Changing it Up a Little

Hey everyone!

This week, I am thinking of breaking out of the Ina-shell once again. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve made a recipe that wasn’t out of one of Ina Garten’s books. If you follow me on Instagram, I teased that I may be cooking something out of the Gourmet Today cookbook. I still have not decided what that will be. But, I’m busy thumbing through the pages, looking for something enticing.

I will surely let you know what recipe I am making Friday morning whether I chose to make one out of Gourmet Today or another cookbook entirely. In addition to my usual Friday-night dinner cooking plans. I will also be making a chocolate cake for a family member’s birthday. However, I will not be making an Ina Garten chocolate cake. She has quiet a few recipes for chocolate cakes. They vary in shape and size, but I just want something a little different.

The cake and frosting recipe I make for the birthday celebration will be out of The Magnolia Bakery Handbook. This is a dedicated baking book and for the price, you get A LOT of recipes and information. If you buy one baking book, I think it should be this one! The recipes are easy to follow and the results are well-worth it.

I’m so excited to share with you photos of the chocolate cake this weekend and whatever recipe or recipes I decide to make for Friday’s dinner.

In other news, I may start doing more than one post a day every now and then. I’ve always wanted this blog to evolve a bit over time. I may have some general life related posts or just little “updates” about things that I am doing that day or that week.

Until the recipes are made….

P.S. The photo at the top of this page is not something I’ve made. (But boy, do I WISH I had the recipe!) I just liked it and felt it went with the theme of this post a little bit.

What’s the Deal With Liver?

For a while now this question has been spinning around in my mind: What’s the deal with liver?

It seems to be a pretty commonly featured dish in cookbooks, often in the appetizer section. Julia Child adored liver and Ina Garten touts its fame as well. Me, however? I don’t see the hype. I am a meat eater — for now — but the idea of eating an organ from an animal has always put me off. I’ve never tried liver pâté and I’m really in no rush to do so.

I will admit that when I decided to cook my way through Ina’s cookbooks, the liver recipes always made me a bit queasy. They weren’t the only ones, either. The mussels and clams on the half-shell also turned my face green.

While the focus of the blog has changed slightly to be more inclusive, that doesn’t mean that the cooking-through-Ina-thing is going away. So, I guess eventually, I’ll have to try liver pâté or any other dish Ina decided to include this gross ingredient. Maybe I’ll make it as an appetizer….

Photo credit: emerils.com

I tried to find the most appetizing photo for this. Was I successful?

What are your thoughts on liver? Have you tried it? Is it worth it? Let me know!

Preparing for Snow

Tomorrow, my state is expected to have the largest single snow storm in about 5 years! For my area, meteorologists are predicting around 15 inches of snow! It’s been quite some time since we’ve been forced to deal with that much snow in one go.

I am not a big fan of snow, so I’m not really happy about it, but I am looking forward to the possibility of not having work Thursday. Though, I’d rather be at work than having to shovel.

The time spent inside means I can have some time for myself and possibly make something. I purchased a new cookbook over the weekend, not an Ina one obviously. But I’m still excited nonetheless.

And if you’re wondering, yes. I did make something over the weekend. I made a breakfast item! It will post tomorrow.

Until next time….

This Week

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already!!

The week is flying. And now that I’ve finally finished the semester (yay!), I can devote more time and energy to cooking from Ina. I am really looking forward to making a couple of things this weekend. It also helps that Friday is payday!

I will be baking this Sunday and it will be an Ina recipe. However, I have not yet decided if I’ll make a dessert or something from the Breakfast chapters. Scones seem to be calling out to me and Ina has no shortage of scone recipes.

As for dinner, I have no idea what I feel like making. If my records are correct, I have one cookbook in which I haven’t make anything from yet. This is weird to me since I regard this book as my current favorite. Barefoot in Paris is Ina’s French-themed cookbook and I often find some of the recipes overwhelming. Elegant, but a little overwhelming. I will have more time this Friday, so it may be the perfect opportunity to make some fabulous French food!

What I wish my view was right now!
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This Week’s Cooking: A Teaser

This week I will be making at least two recipes. One of which will come from either the Dessert or Breakfast chapters in the books. But, I’m really feeling like I want some cookies. Now I just need to pick which ones!

For the regular weekly cooking, I will probably make some sort of soup but I’m also leaning towards something out of the Lunch chapters. I have yet to make something from that section.

I will be deciding on the recipes tonight and I’ll post them tomorrow. I will be making dinner on Saturday this week, but will probably do the shopping tomorrow.

Stay tuned!