My Favorite Cookbook Right Now
With cookbooks (and cooking, to be honest), my enthusiasm definitely comes (and goes!) in waves. A couple years ago (at the beginning of the pandemic) like most people, I got really into Alison Roman. And then it was Julia Turshen. Right now, Molly Baz is my girl, and I cannot get enough of Cook This Book. It’s easy to follow, she talks to you like a regular person, and the recipes are always creative and delicious. Creative, but uncomplicated, which is the real key for me.
The first thing I ever made from it is the Golden Get Well Soup. This is a decadently thick soup with chicken, lime, and turmeric that will indeed, truly help you get over whatever ailment you are nursing. I’ve now made it several times and nothing is better when you are sick. My other favorite is the Tomato Toast. Super easy to make when having friends over, super impressive looking (and tasting!). That combination of cheddar and smoky paprika is just to die for.
On Friday night my boyfriend had to work late so I thought it would be nice to cook for us.
This is probably the norm for most people but I’m more of a takeout kind of girl. I didn’t just make dinner, I made dessert too! I made the One-Pot Chicken & Schmaltzy Rice with Lemony Yog. And I chose it because one pot dishes are generally pretty easy (and the flavors and textures sounded so good!). It was a lot more time-consuming than I envisioned (also: so much chopping) but wound up being one of my favorite things I’ve ever cooked.
It’s truly a perfect dish, especially the rice which soaks up the chicken flavor but also has lemon, pistachios, cilantro, and sugar snap peas (loved this texture!!!). And the lemony yog sauce is just epic. For dessert, we had the Blueberry Cornflake Crisp which is heavenly and suuuuuuper easy/simple to make. Barely any prep work. More my speed. 😉
Next up on my list are the Grapefruit olive oil cake, the Hot ‘n’ crispy Chicken Cutlets with Kimchi Ranch, the Orzo al Limone, the Winter Greek Salad, and the Big Italian Salad. DROOL.
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