A few lovely women in my life recently asked for some “Jennspiration” in the kitchen and since it’s been too too long since I’ve shared a bit over here, I thought I’d pass some of it along to you too – in case you’re feeling a bit blasé about your recent kitchen creations.
In my current state of life – unmarried and childless – I have a lot of freedom in the kitchen. I find great joy spending time cooking and experimenting with ingredients I like or want to try out. Cooking (and eating) is a stress reliever for me, so spending time in the kitchen is not much of a chore.
I do hope as I embark on the adventure that is marriage with my best guy, I hope I will continue to find as much joy in feeding those I love once it’s more of a daily task. You see, right now, part of what keeps me interested, I think, is that I tend to cook a couple times a week and in large enough quantity that I eat leftovers for days. It’s great, because then I have lunch ready for the work week or enough that I’m not cooking every night of the week. I fear cooking will lose some of it’s luster once I’m cooking to keep a family well fed. Have any of you had that experience?
Anywho, back to the matter at hand. Here are a collection of some of my favorite recipes and meals I return to over and over again. You know that scene in Julie and Julia where she takes her first bite of egg and simply says “yum” with a goofy grin? Yeah, well that’s me eating these recipes. Ask Philip – he says he can handle my audible affection for food so long as the good stuff keeps coming.
- Spaghetti squash with sausage, and sauteed 3 pepper and onion starter blend (freezer section of Kroger)
- Pork Chops: thick cut, brined in salt water for a couple hours and then seasoned with some kind of spice blend like Penzy’s Barbeque of the America’s. Never brined a pork chop. It’s a revelation. Try it!
- Hamburgers – my favorite is to add in cumin and some Worcestershire sauce for a bit of savory.
- Ground beef with onions, peppers, zucchini and Italian spices. Sometimes I add in spinach if I have it.