Write something

Nearly every day I think about blogging – want to blog, even – and yet I’m not here. I have this almost physical need to write but the words just won’t come. Actually, the words will come just fine once I come up with a topic but I just don’t seem to have enough interesting topics to write about and I don’t want to just come here to spill my guts over and over, so it’s tough.

For today, I just want to write something – ANYthing – so I’m going to share my thoughts about a book that I recently finished and hope that you’ll find it entertaining.

Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table by Jenny Rosenstrach is the best cookbook I’ve read in years and has inspired me to cook several times since reading. (And you know that’s a remarkable feat!) What inspired me was the way the author weaves her stories of life and love as the mother of a busy, modern family throughout the narrative, including details such as how and when her family discovered a particular recipe or how she modifies it for her daughters. There are lovely photos of the finished product as well as the author and her family cooking them, and so much friendly encouragement to just give it a try that I couldn’t help myself.

The two recipes that I’ve tried so far are the Porcupine Meatballs and the Bourbon-Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin (accompanied by the Grilled Peaches, as recommended by the author) and they are both yummy and simple. (I’ll let you know that if you, like me, use brown rice in the meatball recipe, you’ll need to increase the amount of braising liquid and also the cooking time – should be about an hour unless you want crunchy rice.) As with all of Rosenstrach’s recipes, these both feature blessedly short ingredient lists of mostly easy to find items – simple and inexpensive. Best of all, they taste great and made me want to cook again.

Have you read any good books lately, cookbooks or otherwise? Do you have a “can’t miss” recipe to share? I await your brilliance.