Friday, January 20, 2012

Casual Cooking

"I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate."
(Julia Child)

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
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.


  1. Loved this! Happy Friday!! I need to watch Julie and Julia too!!

  2. i LOVED Julie & Julia! It inspired me to cook but then i got lazy and decided to stay on the couch. :) love all your dishes! and your sweets look majorly fancy!

  3. I think I'll be renting the movie this week then and put my trusty Blockbuster card to use!

  4. Oooh...I'm so amazed by all your cooking!!! I'm dying to try the macaroons from laduree! I've heard so much about them! Btw..who is your maid of honor??! I was reading your previous post...sounds pretty amazing!
    --jee young

    1. My sister is my matron of honor, but all the bridesmaids are amazing. Don't be too amazed by my cooking though... That's a work in progress!

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  6. i've never had macarons before but i hear they're all the rage... i'm more of a chocolate chip cookie/brownie kind of girl anyway :)

    1. Me too for sure, but these are good. Definitely a once-in-a-while treat though, since they're imported from Paris daily and each piece is almost $3!

  7. I seriously have not seen a post this delicious in a long long time!! I can't even try to pick a favorite when the savories and sweets.... but be still my heart, if only Laduree delivered!

    1. Thanks! I know, I wish they delivered too. I'll just have to wait out the line in NYC... or go to Paris!


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