Sunday, February 23, 2014
dinner makes me happy
There is something so grounding and so comforting about making dinner. I've come to feel this way--supported and nourished by the process, rather than inconvenienced or annoyed--over the last year or so. Perhaps just because I'm getting older. And eating a home cooked meal is so bolstering to the spirits.
Here are three meals I've made lately. The top photo is the beef-barley-mushroom-kale soup from an old issue of 3191 quarterly. This is my favorite quick weeknight soup lately and I'm crazy about it with cornbread. By the way, I'm loving making a less-sweet cornbread lately (maybe only a tablespoon or two of sugar in the batch). I love the way the pure corn flavor shines through when you cut the sugar. And it tastes fantastic with salted butter. Yum!
The second recipe is Sweet Soy Chicken & Rice from a new cookbook, The Family Flavor. Do you get excited about new cookbooks as I do? I love this one for its beautiful photography and the ease of its recipes. All the ingredients are ordinary, which I love. And the dishes are family friendly. I loved this soy chicken--next time I'm going to double it.
The last recipe is from Weight Watchers--a very light lemony chicken. I've made this twice already and have stocked the freezer with chicken breasts so I can have this any time (I love how easy it is to find organic chicken at Trader Joe's, but I have to plan ahead a little).
Up tonight: I'm making this maple-mustard chicken from Summer Harms. Can't wait! It looks so yummy. By the way, do you read Summer's blog? She is so inspiring and positive. I love her (and she just had a new baby, which has been fun to follow). (Another fave recipe from Summer: this chili).
What have you been making for dinner lately?
PS--Someone posted the recipe for "sweet soy chicken" here.
The lemon chicken recipe can be found here.
The beef-barley soup recipe isn't posted online, but here's a fun post from Stephanie about how she uses grains.
PPS--I've been doing Weight Watcher's since January and I lost 8 lbs. So glad about that! Now to maintain it!!