Doing What I DoI try and expand my repetoire, reading food/cook books, watching shows. Since Sunday, I've smoked a pork roast, put together a new dry rub for it, same for a rack of baby backs, made red beans and rice, baked brownies with chocolate frosting for the kids, made croutons for salad with french loaf that was drying out, made chicken salad with leftover baked chicken from friday, made baked potato fans, tested the cloud pancakes from an American Test Kitchen cookbook, blanched sport peppers bought at farmers' market (fm)and made a sweet brine with vinegar, red pepper and brown sugar, used up the last of the cukes from fm in a sweet, sour vinaigrette, making another batch of brownies tonight because I only got a small piece.:beer:
Oh and made lemonade the Real way with simple syrup and fresh lemons.
But then again I'm a stay-at-home mom now and I miss the excitement. Even when I worked at the hotel and caterer before teaching I would cook. I might eat something like ramen noodles but I would cook for my husband, etc when the kids came along the same. I'd go in spurts of cooking everything from soup to nuts and then we'd do a week of takeout or frozen. I never really ate at work. Couldn't, it would make me sick. Just sampled. And sometimes with the students I did not want to do that. LOL