031412. Stracciatella soup. Sopa de ajo. Eggplant involtini. Cauliflower risotto. Sourdough pancakes. Asiago and olive bread. Refried bean tacos. Avocado salad. Apple sharlotka. Shakshuka over homemade polenta. Sourdough pizza with 5-minute cherry tomato sauce.
All from scratch.
All from our kitchen.
All in the last eight weeks.
And that’s only to name a few.
You see, the Cowboy and I started a new project.
We have all these cookbooks.
And some of them are amazing.
Like John Besh’s Our Family Table.
And Diana Kennedy’s The Essential Cuisines of Mexico.
And the thing is … with the ease of the internet for recipes … we hardly use them.
Which is crazy.
So we decided early this year that two days a week we’d take recipes from these great books and give them a test run.
Exactly as they appear in the books.
Because we both have a tendency to “tweak” recipes even before we try them.
Some of them have been wildly successful.
Like the Sopa de Ajo from Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson.
Which has worked its way into our biweekly rotation … any time we have enough leftover bread.
Others needed tweaking for our taste buds … like the Eggplant involtini, also from Tartine Bread. It just had too much “lemon” for me. And I didn’t love the pan-fried eggplant. Next time, I’ll just use lemon zest and bake the eggplant instead of fry it. And I might use fewer breadcrumbs. And maybe add some cooked quinoa into the stuffing. So much fun to be had!
So now I’m going to start documenting some of these culinary experiments … especially if it gives me an excuse to watch the Cowboy and the LO do magic together.