Guest Blog post from before the holidays: http://overcocktails.blogspot.com/2010/12/guest-blogger-post-michelle-shares.html
Words of inspiration I found on over cocktails via the Food 52 blog and I am totally onboard with the statement.
Over the past decade, many studies and books have shown that children from families who eat together do better in school, that eating “whole” foods is healthier, that eating sustainably will save the environment. But no one has pointed out that the only way to achieve all this in a comprehensive, lasting way is for people to cook.
If you cook, your family will eat dinner together.
If you cook, you will naturally have a more sustainable household.
If you cook, you’ll set a lifelong example for your children.
If you cook, you’ll understand what goes into food and will eat more healthily.
If you cook, you’ll make your home an important place in your life.
If you cook, you’ll make others happy.
If you cook, people will remember you.
Grilled bread with prosciutto http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/fettunta-with-prosciutto-recipe/index.html
Simple salad with greens, blue cheese, sliced pear, a bit of balsamic and olive oil drizzled over
Baja shrimp tacos http://goop.com/newsletter/86/en/
Roasted shrimp and broccoli http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2009/02/roasted_shrimp.html
Chicken parmesan w/ salad on top – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/parmesan-chicken-recipe/index.html
FENNEL SALAD WITH ASIAN PEAR AND PARMESAN (test run for my book club – doesn’t this sound delicious?) Thanks, Carol! http://www.seattlepi.com/food/401312_orangette25.html (you have to scroll way down to find the recipe)
Roasted chicken with lemon and croutons http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lemon-chicken-with-croutons-recipe2/index.html
Ceci bruschetta (addicted to this easy app/side dish) and leeks are in season and I have many I need to use up- I use whatever bread I have on hand, usually ciabatta, for the recipe) http://overcocktails.blogspot.com/2009/06/ceci-bruschetta.html
Turkey ragu (in freezer from a couple weeks ago – try the recipe if you haven’t – it’s even better if you make it the day before) http://goop.com/newsletter/1/en/
Grilled beef tenderloin roast
Mustard Horseradish Sauce served on the side
1 1/2 cups good mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustards, horseradish, sour cream, and salt in a small bowl
Mrs. Young’s potatoes http://overcocktails.blogspot.com/2010/08/salmon-two-ways.html