The longer I work full time, the more I realize how much time work takes out of my week. Not only while I’m at work, but the time it takes to get ready in the morning, the commute, and then the time it takes to decompress once I’m home. I put on lounge clothes as soon as I get home and try to relax from the exhausting day.
By the time the weekend comes, I feel like I have to do all these new things to make up for time lost during the week. However, sometimes my introverted “let’s stay home attitude” gets the best of me. So my compromise? Cooking something slightly exotic. I am still trying something new and getting out of my comfort zone, but it lets me stay home in my pajamas and catch up a a favorite show. What could be better for a lazy Saturday?
I used to find most of my recipes on Pinterest, then I realized that Pinterest recipes are ALL THE SAME. They are written for mothers, and consist of chicken, pasta, or cheese in some capacity. I was cooking the same thing in different variations.
Enter Dish of the Day, by Kate McMillan. I bought this cookbook on a whim at Williams Sonoma and immediately fell in love. The photography in it is beautiful, which quickly caught my eye. Many recipes are fairly simple and include ingredients I already buy, but usually include one wild card that I have never tried before. And my favorite part is that there are 365 recipes, one for each day of the year. Each dish only uses ingredients available during that season. For example, many summer recipes include fresh vegetables and greens, while winter recipes tend to have root vegetables and be heavier.
But by far, my favorite thing about this cookbook is how versatile my dinners have become. I’ve been able to try a ton of new foods and new ingredients. I feel inspired by food again. So far, my favorite dishes have been pork chops with grilled stone fruit, steak and basil stir fry, and summer chicken braise with wax beans and tomatoes.
What is your favorite cookbook?
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