Problem 1 - I have a shelf full of cookbooks that I've barely used.
Problem 2 - I've been lacking inspiration in the cooking department.
Problem 3 - I've seriously dropped the habit of menu planning, and desperately need to get back to it. I hate the afternoon panic attack of "What are we going to eat tonight?"
I'm hoping to cure all three problems by starting a personal cookbook challenge. My goal is to pick one cookbook on my shelf each month to really dive into, try some new recipes, and hopefully find some new favorites.
For the last month, Simply in Season has been a standby on my kitchen counter. I love how this cookbook is organized by seasons. Flipping to summer found many ways to use my garden bounty.
My goal isn't to talk you into purchasing a new cookbook, but to encourage you to use what you have. But since I know many of you have this cookbook, I'll share a few of the recipes that have been winners at our house.
Focaccia - pg 90
Zucchini Garden Chowder - pg 95
Fahita - pg 148
Chicken Caccciatore - pg 147
Pesto Pizza- pg 123
Stacked Vegetable Quesadillas - pg 134
And that is just in the recipes I've tried recently in the summer section.
In the past, I shared the recipe for Roasted Summer Vegetables and Great Green Vegetable Pasta.
Some of the summer desserts we enjoyed were whole wheat peach kuchen, fruit platz, yogurt fruit pie, and fruit custard pie.
But since we are now into fall, I'll share a recipe from the fall section of Simply in Season - Apple Cake. But that will wait until tomorrow.
This month, I'm sitting my crockpot on the counter and diving into Not Your Mother's Crockpot Cookbook.
I'd love to hear about your favorite cookbook!