Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Next Challenge? Meatless Mondays, Seasonal cooking, and Fast Fresh Fridays!

I feel rested after my few days off from cooking and blogging, and ready for my next adventure.  The most important thing I learned from the 50 in 50 challenge?  Cooking new recipes every day is pretty taxing (and it gets kind of boring).  So this time around I will try new recipes three (maybe four) times a week, and then I'll be able to cook whatever I want the other days.

I'm not putting a time limit on myself this time, and actually I'll just continue to cook under these three sections:  Meatless Mondays, Seasonal Cooking, and Fast Fresh Fridays.  As time goes on I'll add new cookbooks, and maybe even add a section or two.  But for now I'll be using these books:

The Roasted Vegetable.  How to roast Everything from Artichokes to Zucchini for Big, Bold Flavors in Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Side Dishes, Couscous, Salsa, Dips, Sandwiches, and Salads.  Andrea Chessman

Serving Up the Harvest.  175 Simple Recipes Celebrating the Goodness of Fresh Vegetables.  Andrea Chessman

Recipes from the Root Cellar.  270 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables.  Andrea Chessman

Fast, Fresh & Green.  More than 90 Delicious Recipes for Veggie Lovers.  Susie Middleton.  (She also has a blog that I really enjoy.) 

I can't believe I bought three cookbooks at the same time from the same author! (Believe it or not I didn't realize it until just now when I was typing the titles and authors!)  Amazingly enough I didn't notice many duplicate recipes as I looked through the book for recipes to try.  

I'll start it off tonight with a selection from The Roasted Vegetable:  Baked Orzo with Roasted Fennel and Red Pepper!

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