dusting off the cookbooks

posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tonight, I whipped up some banana bread and put it in the oven before I had even started dinner. I don’t know who I am anymore! All I know is that there’s something heavenly about zesting a lemon while warm cinnamon slowly wafts out of the oven. Two of my favorite scents filled the kitchen and really, I don’t think my kitchen has ever smelled so good. I think I hit the culinary equivalent of a runner’s high.

I’ve been cooking a lot more lately. Well, I should say that I’ve been cooking new recipes a lot more lately. We had a moment a couple of weeks ago where we realized that we were in a dinner rut. We had been relying on the same few dishes over and over again. We hardly planned a weekly menu and 5 o’clock would creep up on us without so much as a plan for what we’d eat. It was more of a burden than something to enjoy. These last two weeks, however, I’ve been planning. I am finally using those cookbooks that have gathered dust and have begun cutting out recipes from magazines which, I believe, justifies the money I spend on them. High five!


Tonight, we had a grilled steak salad with tomatoes and cannellini beans cooked in lemon and garlic thanks to a recipe from Fitness magazine. Plus a side of whole wheat sourdough, because I like my carbs. The meal was delicious (if I do say so myself) and will be made on many summer nights. This whole meal planning and cooking up some new recipes is becoming something I look forward to. Bonus? We usually have leftovers for lunch the next day, so we cover two meals. Oh and Adam cleans, because that’s our deal. One of us cooks and the other cleans. I’m sure it was in the vows somewhere.

The only problem is that I would now like to devour that entire pan of banana bread, so there’s that.