I have numerous nostalgia meals. One of them I wrote about, which was a Rachael Ray recipe. Yes, perhaps it’s a little bit embarrassing, but I am not backing down. This recipe is one of the first recipes I made for Rabi in a studio apartment he had moved into about 5 years ago now. I was living in Worcester and would visit Boston on the weekends. I was just starting to get a taste for cooking and ended up buying a Moosewood cookbook on the recommendation of a friend from work since it was so vegetarian friendly. I think my cooking experience up until that point was making myself a bland, overcooked chicken breast or some pasta with sauce. I really had no idea how to cook a full vegetarian meal that involved anything other than pasta.
I feel like most food blogs I read inevitably have “the Rachael Ray Post.” This is the post where they disparage her and the stupid abbreviations she has (delish! EVOO!). To be honest, I don’t watch her that much anymore nor do I use many of her recipes anymore, but when I was living in my first apartment, her 30 Minute Meals helped me learn how to cook. I first made orzo because of one of her recipes and made a pretty tasty vegetarian chili, which is one of the recipes I still use. I perhaps don’t use Ray Ray’s recipes anymore, but I do appreciate her message. She really made cooking accessible to me and used ingredients that I had heard of and could easily be found in the grocery store. In addition, I feel like it’s way better that people make her food, which is pretty easy and much more nutritious than crappy fast food. read more »
I’ve always liked risotto, but hate the insanely long process to make it. Well honestly, it’s not so bad, but I always feel like the second day it’s hard and clumpy and it’s really difficult to get that day 1 consistency again. I’ve heard that you can fry it up and adding milk or broth helps, but it’s just not the same. Let’s be honest though, it’s the mixing and the pouring of the broth and more mixing. I always like the end product though, so it’s been worth it. I was bestowed a butternut squash through my CSA and was looking for someway to use it. I had just made the kabocha soup, so I didn’t want to do another soup, and thought of risotto. I found a recipe on Simply Recipes, which is a great site. I’ve always found great, tasty recipes at her site and she has so many recipes that you can find nearly anything that you’d want to make. I found a great butternut squash risotto recipe and filed it away for later that week.
I love grocery shopping. I know most people think that it’s a chore and annoying, but I love walking down the aisles finding new things to try and incorporate into our diet. It’s so easy to get into a rut and I find that seeing a new ingredient and trying to figure out how to use it can help jump start my cooking routine.