Lately, I've been stuck in a bit of a
Which certainly shouldn't be .. with as much as I love to experiment in the kitchen. Admittedly .. I'd like to believe I'm better than the rut .. though if I'm not on guard .. it can happen pretty easily.
Between the CSA .. and all of the sweet people who give us produce from their gardens .. our refrigerator has been brimming with incredible veggies. So when dinner time rolls around I've found myself saying
Or maybe a veggie omelet? I'll add some different spices this time.”
The good news is I'm aware .. which is half the battle. The other good news is .. breaking out of a slump can be just as easy as staying in one. So I thought it might be fun today to write a little about how I've rebounded from a rut in the past .. and some of my favorite places to turn for ..
Old Food Magazines
When The Chef and I got married .. I found boxes and boxes of old Gourmet magazines left behind by a friend. It's fun to flip through pages of older recipes .. out-dated equipment reviews .. and long ago food fads.
Also .. we're people who can't bear to throw away food magazines or catalogs like Williams and Sonoma (our friends are always giving us their hand-me-downs .. thank-you!). It's fun to re-discover recipes we'd flagged .. and then forgot about.
The Winding Down of a Season
Sometimes a rut comes as a season is winding down.
For example .. around this time every year .. I'm starting to tire of summer food .. and ready to start making soups and stews (comfort food). I'm starting to miss baking too. It's not that I never cook or bake in the summer .. but it's a reminder of how much I love fall and winter recipes.
I'm thinking a batch of bread for the weekend
Every time we visit a restaurant .. I'm inspired. Most menus offer up the main components .. and it's fun to sleuth out the rest.
A couple I've done over the years? Brunswick Stew and Lamb Sliders with Date Ketchup Caramelized Onions and Feta
There's much inspiration to be found online .. but there's something wonderful about cookbooks. I learn something new every time I open one. I'll browse through some of my favorites at home or head to the library for an afternoon.
A few of my go-to's?
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
Supernatural Every Day by Heidi Swanson
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer
Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
Any by Ina Garten
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
How about you?
How do you break through a cooking rut? Where are you favorite places to turn for inspiration? What are you making these days?
Wishing you the happiest of Thursdays!