I’ve had so much on my plate lately (work, Masters prep, my parents’ 50th anniversary party, spring break) that I’ve fallen off the culinary bandwagon; as a result, there have been too many quick meals, too many trips to the grocery store without a list, and all too little forethought, imagination, and creativity in the kitchen. Sadly, it’s been a while since I’ve …
-tried a new recipe
-cooked something that took longer than 30 minutes to prepare
-made homemade bread, pasta, ice cream, sorbet, or pasta sauce
-planned a week’s worth of meals
-organized my grocery lists
-shopped at a Farmer’s Market
And I’ve missed doing all those things. Planning meals, cooking, and setting a table that invites people to linger is a creative process for me; it’s what I like to do and it is how I give. But now, with the boys coming home from college and schedules winding down, I have plans to …
-buy organic lemons -- lemon peels for limoncello and lemons for sorbet
-make homemade ice cream for the boys (several flavors)
-pull out my “recipes to try” file and … try new recipes
-update my recipe binder (file, purge, add recipes)
-cook homemade pizza on the grill
-keep a fruit salad and a pitcher of tea in the refrigerator at all times
-dine al fresco at least once a day (even if it’s just a cappuccino on the back deck in the morning, or a glass of wine on the patio in the evening)
-eat out: that is, make grilled panini, pack them in a basket with some bottles of San Pellegrino, and … picnic for dinner!
|During the summer, I make one of these every 2-3 days|
There are also some cookbooks I want to read. I like to collect Italian cookbooks, and I especially like the ones which feature great photography and regional recipes with historical background on each dish. My most recent addition is the Vatican Cookbook which I ordered solely because it’s published by the Pontifical Swiss Guard and I have a thing for the Swiss Guards (all of them). Of course, as you can see from the photo, not all my cookbooks are Italian. I look forward to reading, for example, Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy (I know she gets a lot of grief, but I fundamentally agree with her approach to food that is not only healthy and simple, but also contributes to a feeling of wholeness).
And there you have it. If you need me, or want a cappuccino or a slice of homemade pizza, you know where to find me.
|"One of the very nicest things about life |
is the way we must regularly stop whatever
it is we are doing and devote our
attention to eating."
-Luciano Pavarotti, opera singer