It's the question we often hear from our beloved hubbies when they home from work... it can either spark...
(1) Relief. "We're having ____! It's already ready - on the stove/in the oven/in the crockpot."
(2) Terror. "Uh... what on earth is in my fridge that I can throw together?"
On the advice of a two sweet bloggers (A & R), I'm going to start posting recipes more frequently. I always think about posting when I find a great one, but am terrible about taking pictures. So... I will try to remember to take pictures, but I will probably be much better about posting the recipe.
So to help you answer that welcome or dreaded question, I bring you...
For those of you on special diets, the recipes will be dairy and gluten free. I will usually substitute coconut or almond milk for dairy and for regular flour, either almond meal (or some kind of nut, like walnuts or pecans), though occasionally I use GF flour (this brand). It's a straight 1-for-1 substitution which makes it super easy. Oh, and there will be dessert recipes in the mix too... so please don't judge. Life is short. Eat dessert first. ;)
Before I got married, everyone I talked to either loved to cook and hated to bake, or loved to bake and hated to cook. Are you like that? I already knew I loved to bake so I was rather terrified at the years of cooking that loomed before me once DH & I got engaged! I knew that it would fall to me as I planned on being a stay-at-home wife and in 9 months, a mother. (Well, we all know the second part of that plan turned out. :)) Nearly 5 years later, I'm still essentially a stay-at-home wife with a side business of piano teaching. However, during those 5 years I've learned to LOVE to cook! I began with old family favorites that I knew I enjoyed to eat, and determined to learn to make at least those ones. I also began watching the Food Network and Everyday Ita.lian quickly became a must-watch in my daily schedule. I've never been much to watch TV, but I was hooked. Gi.ada uses a lot of fresh ingredients and her recipes are easy to follow. I do recommend it, although I don't watch it anymore (only because we got rid of cable).
There are also a few cookbooks that are a must in my kitchen that I find myself turning to over and over again:
Cooking Light, Superfast Suppers
Cooking Light, The All-New Complete Cooking Light
Sarah Fragoso's Everyday Paleo (and her blog: Everyday Paleo)
And never underestimate the power of of a Google search! I always look for recipes that have high ratings and numbers of ratings.
Look for my first recipe this weekend! :)