Thursday, August 18, 2011

So Midwestern, So in the Kitchen: July

July wasn't a great month in the kitchen.

I was consumed with worry about a certain boy and his fancy new job and his big move; it left me pretty disinterested in cooking. And eating.

I was also planning a party.

But I didn't slack off entirely. Here's what I've got for you.

Left: 10-Minute Shrimp and Tortilla Soup I thought I would love this, but I only liked it. I can't reca what it was, but it seemed to be too heavy in something. Cilantro, maybe?

Middle: Rosemary Potato Pizza I made this pizza right in the midst of everything that was going on with The Coach. I wasn't eating much of anything, but I like to stick to my resolutions and I had some rosemary that needed to be used up and - please correct me if I'm wrong - but don't carbohydrates mend broken hearts? I made this pizza and I liked the flavor. And the carbs. I should probably try this recipe again when I'm not sitting at the bottom of a deep well of self-pity.

Right: Pasta Shells with No-Cook Tomato Sauce I swiped the July/August edition of Everyday Food from my mother so that I could make this recipe. I wanted to make this recipe because of the ricotta plopped on top. I love ricotta. And tomatoes. And pasta. This recipe was so fresh and summery and a winner. Yay.

Left: Ginger snaps - from my mom's recipe - baked and frozen for the big pre-wedding party. We had some of these left and threw them back in the freezer and I took a pair out and ate them in bed last Sunday, dunking them into my coffee, and it was most blissful two minutes of my day.

Middle: Brown sugar fruit dip. I made this a few months ago for a party at Lucy's house and she l-l-l-loved it. So, when she asked me to bring fruit to a barbeque she was having in July, I happily labored over my mixer for an excruciating 5 minutes so the pregnant girl could dip her heart out. And so the pregnant girl's best friend could do the same.

Right: Peanut butter cookies - also from my mom's recipe - also baked up and dropped in the freezer for the big pre-wedding party.

And that was my July. Okay, but not great. Where I really suffered was at lunch, when I didn't have anything quick and tasty to pack up and spent 10 minutes every morning peering into my refrigerator and hoping that a suitable meal would present itself. (It never did.) Good thing I wasn't much into eating.

That lunchtime annoyance has carried itself into August. I really need to get my shit together on that front. There are few things worse than opening a lunch bag and seeing a half-assed meal.


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