And this shall be my stage....
It's no secret cooking is not my forte. I've tried on quite a few occasions - sometimes surprising myself with a delicious meal, other times scraping off the charred edges only to find out the whole thing is overcooked. But despite the successes, it continues to be a task I find myself avoiding for three reasons. One, I prefer cooking with someone else. The fun factor rises significantly, especially when enjoying good music and wine during the process. Two, in my opinion it's just not worth the time and mess that goes into it. You cook for 30 minutes to an hour, eat for 10, then clean up for 15. You do the math. Three, I work almost every night on freelance projects and quite frankly, I'd rather order in.
That being said... two recent events have me rethinking this. First, I am on a bit of a spending freeze given my recent romp around NYC and shopping spree. Second, my mom sent me home from Thanksgiving with an 8oz filet mignon that she wasn't planning on cooking and a russet potato. Two nights later, I once again returned to the kitchen, not wanting to waste such deliciousness. I pulled up a recipe for pan-searing steak and serving with a red wine reduction. Simple enough. Googled how to make a twice-baked potato. Ok, I can do that.... I thought. After a couple mishaps where I was convinced I destroyed both items, it ended up being absolutely FANTASTIC!
So with this new boost of confidence and a desire to spend less by eating at home, here's what's on the roster for tonight:
A big pot of French onion soup
With the Christmas tree up at my place and the temperatures settling in the 30s all week, I'm in want of a big pot of my favorite soup. The best part about making a pot of soup is that you'll have meals for the next several days! Win win! My mom always used Julia Childs recipe (which I looooove) - she uses Swiss cheese instead of Gruyere - but I think I'm going to pick up both cheeses at the store and decide once and for all which I prefer.
(this photo is topped with sea salt and ginger)
I'm joining my best friends for a Christmas cookie exchange breakfast Saturday morning, and I plan on bringing my favorite cookie recipe. I've always helped my mom bake me these in the past, but I've never done it myself. I'll photograph the outcome and share the recipe at that time.
Ok, will report back. Wish me luck. Over and out!