Tired of Planning Dinner?
I want to say the ‘t’ word. Julie Child would never say it, nor allow those around her to say it. I’ve read many books about Julia; she was known for cooking tirelessly (almost said it!) then exuberantly heading out for a late night on the town. But if you want to say you’re tired of planning meals (come on, even if you like to cook that can happen, yes?) I’ll understand! That’s why I’ve decided it’s time to cook from the plethora of food websites, clippings, magazines and cookbooks I collect. Besides, as my friend Dianne Jacob wrote about food blogging, it takes at least 6 hours (often more – I know) to create, and write, and photograph, those recipes. So I’d like to give credit for that work!
Here’s what I’m going to do. I’ll try recipes that jump off the pages or computer screen to me – and there are many – then share some favorites with links to the recipes. Sometimes I’ll adapt recipes depending on my pantry or taste preference, because recipes (except baked goods usually) can be considered guides for your own inspiration. I hope this helps take the t out of some meal planning for you. And if you have favorite recipe finds, please drop me a note in the comments section below — I’d love some help planning dinner too 😉
This one is from Susan Pridmore, author of the blog www.thewimpyvegetarian.com
I was checking email one afternoon when up popped this post notice titled: Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta. The photo appealed to me, I could see it was quick to make, and by chance I had the ingredients with the exception of kale instead of chard. Two things I liked: 1) blanching greens in the pasta water before sauteing with the bacon and shallots is a quick way to soften the stems 2) ricotta adds creaminess without being overly rich, and is perfect for using up a small amount of leftover ricotta cheese. Dinner was planned and I’ll use these ideas again! Look for more of my recipe finds in future posts.