Friday February 26, 2010

In an effort to branch out and reach a little out of my cooking comfort zone (aka rut), I am determined to make a minimum of one new recipe each week. This is for cooking. Baking doesn’t count. 🙂 I frequently try new baking recipes, so that’s nothing new. But cooking is different. I get stuck and revert to habits instead of jumping off a cliff into something new and creative.
So here we go. 🙂
If anyone has any awesome recipe you’d like to share, I would love to have it!!!
Otherwise I will be perusing Fix-It And Forget-It, Hot Providence, Smitten Kitchen, Food Network, and random google searches quite a bit in the near future. 🙂

6 Replies to “Friday February 26, 2010”

  1. fix it and forget it is a great cook book! I like the Hearty Italian Stew. I add more ingredients, like fresh basil, but even the way its written in the book is yummy! 

  2. I’m afraid I won’t be much help since I’ve been in a cooking rut forever. Every time I get excited about something I’m cooking, it turns out to be a big disappointment. Bleh…but I do LOVE Smitten Kitchen. I was looking at her recipe for potato pancakes today and trying to think of an excuse to make them…maybe next time I roast a chicken. That is something I do pretty frequently (roasting a chicken), since it provides a few decent meals (sliced the first night, a few sandwiches, chicken stock and matzo ball soup)…But seriously, I am in a huge rut too…good luck. It’s no fun. 🙂

  3. I shall have to share a recipe with you then 😉 You have given us so many good ones over the years… in fact, we just had your Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes last week! 🙂

    Here’s one of our new favorites; a great winter time soup (it’s a kind of, sort of copy from Olive Garden)

    1 lb. spicy Italian sausage, crumbled
    1/2 lb. smoked bacon, browned
    4 cups water
    3 1/2 -4 cups chicken broth
    2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed clean and cubed
    2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
    1 med. onion peeled, chopped
    2 cups chopped kale or Swiss chard
    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    salt and pepper to taste

    In a skillet over medium heat, brown sausage, breaking into small pieces as you fry it; drain, set aside. Do the same with the bacon. Place water, broth, potatoes, garlic, and onion in a pot; simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender. Add sausage and bacon to pot; simmer for 10 minutes. Add kale and cream to pot; season with salt and pepper.

    Italian sausage:
    Ground turkey
    2 tsp. finely ground sage
    1/2 tsp. steak seasoning
    1/2 tsp. oregano or marjoram
    Salt and pepper


  4. Yummm! Thank you, Samantha! 🙂
    And Laura, you’ve gotta give yourself a little goal to get out of the rut – I’m finding that I’m in love with my little goal! Probably because it’s so doable. 🙂

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