Cookbook Challenge – The Decision

Last night I went to Chapters to look at both cookbooks, I wanted to see what the recipes were, if there were unusual ingredients that would be difficult to find, and overall if its food I would actually enjoy eating.   I really want to say it was a hard decision to make, but lo and behold, the store only had one of the cookbooks at that location, Jamie’s Comfort Food.

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As I sit here, waiting for my best friend to arrive, I flip through the channels on TV and come across the movie “Julie & Julia”, where a woman dedicates one year to complete every recipe in Julia Child’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. It has been a while since I’ve had a fun project for myself with work, school and personal life getting in the way. New Year’s seems to be the time when people decide to better themselves, whether it’s losing weight, getting more active, or taking the time to spend with loved ones. Even though we are almost a month into 2015, why not start now. With the inspiration of the movie, I’ve decided to do the same, I will choose a chef and cookbook, one that most likely will not have over 500 different recipes, and commit to make every recipe in that cookbook.

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When the hubby is gone, that’s when Mom comes over and we have seafood!  A typical dinner includes escargot au gratin and steamed mussels.  Here’s one of my favourite steamed mussels recipes.

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A good way to change your stir fry is to serve it with noodles instead of rice.  You can use egg noodles, rice noodles, or regular pasta.  Have fun experimenting! Read More