I was never much of a cooking show fan before, because so much of what I saw the chefs making were things I had never even heard of with ingredients I could never find in any store near me, or they were so expensive that eating out everyday for a week would have been more do-able. But then I found Rachael Ray! She makes normal food, but with a lot of flavor and new twists. Watching her 30 minute meals has really helped me cook better! I often have an episode playing in the background while I cook, even if I’m not making anything from that episode (though often I am making at least one thing, or using a technique from the episode) because I’m a dork and think it’s fun to watch cooking shows. 😛 While watching her show I’ve learned how to make rice pilaf (so yummy!), the best way to clean mushrooms, the recipe for honey mustard chicken (so freaking good!!!), and so much more! When I’m cooking now, I am better able to wing recipes when I don’t have all the required ingredients listed, because I have learned enough to feel confident with changing recipes or substituting ingredients.
Which brings me to today. I had planned to make feta cheese stuffed chicken with tomato and basil on top, but when I started to pull out ingredients, I remembered I had already used the tomato. I didn’t feel like going to the store just for one thing, so after a quick check of the fridge, I decided to swap mushrooms and onions for the tomato, and add the feta cheese and basil to the orzo pasta. Then since I had pita bread in the cupboard I decided to have seasoned baked pita chips on the side. I should have made some broccoli or something, the plate could have used some greens, but it was still delicious!!
Cooking has become such a fun past time for me, and I’m excited when I try a new recipe, or make one up as I go, and it turns out good. Chopping veggies is absolutely my favorite part of cooking, so much fun!
Still having fun with the 30 Days of lists, everyone is making such fun and creative lists! Today’s list is #6 “Things to collect”. I seriously could have filled 2 pages with the things I love to collect, but kept it down to only one lol.
- Pretty papers
- Sea glass
- Sharks teeth
- Mini coopers
- Knitting books
- Pretty bottles
- Cool fabrics
- Pens and markers
Lists #4  were “Things I’ll put off until tomorrow” and “Words to live by”
Can’t wait to see the next lists!
Who is your favorite cook or what is your favorite recipe?