My belated cooking (new year’s) resolution #5:
Become a Part-Time Vegetarian – One of my goals this year is to become a part-time vegetarian. I’ve started having at least 1-2 meatless meals per week and I’m reading up on what it means to be a “Flexitarian” (a person who eats less meat – more plant based foods). As a born and raised carnivore, I will never give up meat, but I do want to cut back on it for health reasons with the hope to increase weight loss.
A vegetarian dinner at a Japanese Buddhist temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My belated cooking (new year’s) resolution #3:
Embrace the Whole Foods movement – I’m so excited about this resolution. One of my major goals is to incorporate more vegetables into my food routine and to eat less processed foods. We should all strive for this. It’s probably easier said than done, but I’m definitely going to try.
Whole foods (Photo credit: parislemon)
So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, the holidays kept me pretty busy, but I’m back.
Since it’s a new year, I wanted to share some of my belated cooking (New Year’s) resolution for 2013.
Try different foods – One of my biggest pet peeves is when people go to restaurants, especially ethnic establishments, and don’t try anything new. If all you are going to do is order chicken, then stay home. This is why I love when cities do “Restaurant Weeks” because it’s an opportunity to try many different foods at a very reasonable price.
My Cooking Resolution #1 – Try New Foods
Seasons & Celebrations: A Market-Fresh Cookbook for All Occasions by Jill Melton
This is such a great and colorful book. What I like the most is that it provides an eclectic collection of culturally relevant recipes that reflect the ethnicity of a particular holiday or celebration. I jotted some recipes down and hope to make them in the coming year. I would definitely add this to my cookbook collection.
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Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran
This is a great book. I’ve recently become interested in Indian cooking and this is a great intro cookbook. I will definitely add this to my collection and I think I definitely need to get my spice game together if I plan to do authentic Indian cooking.
Make It Super Simple with G. Garvin by Gerry Garvin
So, as I was lounging around at my friend’s house during my extended vacation, I picked up her copy of Make It Super Simple with G. Garvin. This man is only her favorite chef so I said to myself, let me see what all of the hubbub is about. I see why people love him. In this book he takes very practical everyday family and entertaining recipes, punches them up a notch to – just enough for the average person to be able to make them and still feel like they are a gourmet chef, while still keeping it simple. His focus is truly on family and get togethers with friends. I recommend this cookbook to anyone, especially the ladies because, besides the vivid food photography, there are some pretty good shots of G. Garvin doing his thing. But this would also be a great gift for any guy in your life that thinks he’s a great cook, but may not really be one (this will give him a clue without making him feel too girly). LOL. Great book!
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Food & Wine Magazine’s 2002 Cookbook is a collection of their annual recipes and I might add a very good one. I used to subscribe to Food & Wine Magazine but now that I know they publish an annual cookbook, I will just wait for the book. I most definitely want to try the Brazilian Chicken Stew on page 193. LOL. It looks delicious.
I love Kitchen Coach Weeknight Cooking by Jennifer Bushman. Despite the lack of photography and bright food pictures
The Kitchen Coach Weeknight Cooking by Jennifer Bushman
that I love so well, I actually love the way each recipe is laid out on each page like an instruction manual, bright, large lettering to ensure that the cook is able to see what she’s reading. It’s chock full of recipes for the “on-the-go family”. I look forward to adding this cookbook to my collection.
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One of my most recent library book finds is The Oprah Winfrey Magazine Cookbook, published in 2008 by Hearst Publications. Where do I begin? First, it’s Oprah
The Oprah Winfrey Magazine Cookbook
so we shouldn’t expect anything less than great. Second, while the recipes are gourmet, they are not so much so that regular folks like you or I couldn’t make them. Third, it’s a very colorful cookbook with fantastic photos on each page, just like I like them. And fourth, it’s officially one of my favorite cookbooks. For someone like me, cookbooks are like children’s picture books and The Oprah Winfrey Magazine Cookbook will appeal to the inner child in all of us. A few of the most appealing recipes are: Ropa Vieja (slow-simmered steak and bell pepper stew), Buster Crab Lettuce & Tomato Po’ Boy, Egg Salad with Tarragon Mustard, Cabbage-Wrapped Salmon Steamed in Wine, Caesar Pasta with Baby Romaine & Parmesan, and of course a dessert, Carrot Cake with Soy Cream Cheese Frosting. This will definitely be a book to add to my collection and a kitchen standard.
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