Cooking

New Cookbooks

The other day I received a wonderful delivery from Amazon.com…. a box full of cookbooks! I am really excited about my four new cookbooks, and I have made one recipe so far.

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The new cookbooks are Barefoot in Paris, Bittman’s Kitchen Express, and Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way and More Fast Food My Way. Fun stuff! For the first recipe I made, I had to get only one special ingredient – Wondra Flour. I used this flour to make Pepin’s chicken breast with garlic and parsley. I made this dish over the weekend, and it was a big hit. Along with this chicken, I made rice and sauteed haricot vert (french green beans) with garlic.

Over the weekend my mom, sister and I had a mini-vacation of sorts. We stayed in one of my favorite places, The Haraseeket Inn. If you are ever looking for a place to stay in the Freeport, Maine area – the Haraseeket should be on your short list. It is amazing – the staff is so nice, the food is fantastic (there is a tavern and a fancier main dining room – we ate at both!) and I love their indoor, salt water pool. We enjoyed incredible food (I love the high tea from 3:30 – 4:30 every afternoon with fresh fruit, cheese, cookies, and endless amounts of tea), exercise and shopping.

Today I am putting together a meal plan for my upcoming week and a grocery list. I have been running errands most of the day, but made time for a three mile run and a great lunch time salad from Whole Foods.

I will be back tonight to recap my grocery shopping and dinner.

Hope you are all having a good start to your week – and where ever you are, I hope you are enjoying the same spring time weather we are having in Providence!

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