Do you ever feel like there are just more recipes out there than you'll ever have time to cook? Like many of you who visit my blog, I'm pretty much obsessed with food. I read magazine articles, check the newspaper food pages (Chi Tribune is nominated for a James Beard award this year!), and talk about food with anyone who will listen. And of course, blogging is a two way street. I tell you about what I'm cooking, but I also read lots of great blogs about what's going on in other people's kitchens around the world. I find that I rarely cook what I find in other people's blogs, though, because there's just not enough time to try it all!
Every Sunday I plan my meals for the week before I do my weekly grocery trip. This week I was feeling in the mood for something different, though, so I decided to actually plan some menus based on tasty sounding recipes on other people's blogs. I picked five menus that were inspired by other bloggers recent posts, and let those recipes guide my cooking for the week.
Tonight's dinner was Pasta alla Puttanesca, from the Amateur Gourmet, paired with Zucchini Oven Fries from On My Plate. Both were not bad, but also not mind blowing. The pasta was tasty, with a vinegary, salty tang from the capers and anchovies. But it still felt kind of plain; after all, it was just pasta with tomato sauce. I might make it again, but I don't expect to find myself craving it. The zucchini were also not bad, but it was a lot of effort to dip each piece in egg and then in the breadcrumb mixture. And Bea's were waaaay prettier than mine! I might do this again, but with planks of breaded zucchini, instead of individual "fries". Do you guys have any suggestions about the best recipe on your blog for me to try?