"I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate."
Although I still primarily not-cook-just-eat, I've found that when I do cook, what I enjoy making most is what I enjoy eating most -- comforting homestyle meals over haute cuisine. This is not surprising because I am, after all, cooking to eat. And eating's my favorite. The famous chef, author, and TV personality also said, "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces -- just good food from fresh ingredients." That reminds me, I'd like to watch Julie & Julia.
Below is a snapshot of my recently cooked foodstuffs, with some recipe links. The soup and butternut squash spaghetti are from the October 2011 issue of Everyday Food, and the pie is from the November 2010 issue of Everyday Food.
|3-cheese baked ziti with extra cheese|
|Chicken barley soup with spinach|
|Brown butter spaghetti with butternut squash and escarole|
|Spaghetti alla puttanesca|
|Poached pears in red wine sauce from Easy French Food and About.com|
|Salted maple caramels|
|Emeril's pecan-chocolate chip pie|
|Chocolate-dipped pretzel twists with holiday sprinkles|
|Chocolate cookies with chocolate and icing drizzle|
Although I'll always love my go-to basics like pizza, Korean bap and banchan, and chocolate chip cookies, I do want to try making fancier fare one of these days, like French macarons... Look how pretty and colorful they are!
|Recent visit to Ladurée New York|
Happy Friday! Tonight I become a city-dweller again for 9 nights while my friends are in Europe. I haven't watched TV in over 5 1/2 months so I am super excited.