Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Life in the Kitchen...

I've spent most of today digging through recipes online and in cookbooks. I'm constantly humbled by how much I don't know how to do! Our goal has been to eat as healthy and frugally as possible...oh and did I mention it should taste good too? LOL. It's been a challenge, but a fun one for the most part. I highly recommend the site recipezaar.com, it's been a life saver. Getting to hear what adjustments other cooks made to make the recipe work for them is awesome.

We've had lemony dill salmon with green beans, chicken and bean burritos,turkey sandwiches, chicken parmesan (which we justified because it was also for our neighbors hehe), chicken caesar wraps, and lentil stew. I'd like to find more vegetarian recipes that are filling and tasty. Since I don't like beef in many things and seafood is often expensive, we end up eating a lot of chicken. Suggestions welcome!

David worked from home today, which was fun for me since it meant I could bounce idea's off of him as I planned the grocery list. I broke down and decided on yummy, gooey baked ziti for dinner tonight. I'm squishing some spinach in it to make it a little more healthy. Despite my desire to eat what's good for me, I'm a pasta and cheese lover at heart!

So despite what this post might lead you to think, my day (and thoughts) do not normally all center on food. I'm also enjoying the chance to reinstate some pursuits that were lost as I finished grad school and helped plan a wedding. I'm reading a book. For fun. I actually was able to do that (a little bit) during the semester. I began C.S. Lewis' The Four Loves before Valentines Day and finished it on our honeymoon. Needless to say...it was slow going. I loved it though and would gladly read it again. Now I'm reading Marley and Me. I know I'm a little late jumping on this bandwagon and for someone who doesn't plan to have pets it may seem an odd choice, but having grown up with 2/4 dogs who fit into the "neurotic pet" category, the book has been a riot (and a reminder of why we've decided "no pets").It's a great read and amusingly, most of the book takes place in Florida until...they move to Pennsylvania! It's the cool thing to do. You should consider it ; )

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