On our flight home from Thanksgiving, Paul and I both felt a little blah. Paul did because he was heading into three weeks of sitting in lecture and I did because I am tired of the limbo feeling of not knowing where we are headed and what we'll do when we get there.
We made a few lists of things to do to help erase the blah's. Some of my suggestions were "rock-climbing" and "dog-walking." (Paul's were "veto" and "veto.") But one of the ones that stuck was "buy a new cookbook."
We cook at home about six out of seven nights and after two and a half years have fallen into quite a cooking rut. When we have some extra time and are totally bored with food, we usually turn to google, but following an online recipe is not very exciting. We wanted the glossy images and page turning energy that come with a real book.
I went to Williams-Sonoma the Monday after our decision to branch out and picked up the Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook. It's been two weeks and we have attacked just two recipes, but the ones we have tried have been fabulous. We're going to keep working our way through it and meanwhile, I am on the hunt for more great cookbooks. Do you have any favorites? Something you go back to again and again?
PS : Today is the last day to order custom journals for delivery by Christmas.