Project: Bon Appétit
I love food magazines. A lot. I subscribe to Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Cook’s Illustrated, Vegetarian Times, and Cuisine At Home.
Yep. I love food magazines.
Despite my excitement at getting my new magazine each month, despite the gusto with which I peruse each new recipe…I rarely cook from my cooking magazines.
I don’t know why. The recipes all look great. I just…never seem to actually cook any of them.
Part of it is me—I’m not a recipe person. I tend to make stuff up as I go along, throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Sometimes this works to my advantage. And sometimes it most definitely does not.
Also, if I’m being honest, some of the recipes intimidate me. And so, I end up sticking with a pretty basic rotation of meals each night—tacos…stir fries…easy soups and stews…basic pasta dishes. All of our dinners are good, but they’ve gotten pretty repetitive—even boring.
I know, I know—we have an excuse. Her name is Lila.
But even so, I’d like to try to get out of this dull dinner routine that we’ve found ourselves settling into.
And so…I’m embarking on a new little project that will, hopefully, breathe a little bit of life back into our kitchen.
Of all the food magazines I subscribe too, Bon Appetit is probably the one that I find most intimidating. Salmon rillettes. Milk jam creme fraiche. Peanut milk.
All of the recipes sound great, but I often find myself thinking, “I could never make that.”
Well…I’m going to try.
I’m going to pick ten recipes from my Bon Appetit magazine each month, and do my damndest to make them. I received my September issue on Saturday, and promptly picked out ten recipes that sound delicious (and challenging—some more so than others):
- Old-fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Crispy Kale Salad with Lime Dressing
- Almond-crusted Halibut with Vegetable Curry
- Braised Chicken with Capers and Parsley
- Chicken Sausage Lettuce Wraps
- Corn Farrotto
- Eggplant, Mozzarella, and Saffron Rice Bake
- Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Apple
- Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Citrus Glaze
- Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Whew! This should be interesting…
Stay tuned to see how this turns out!