Welcome to the Seventh Edition of Cook It Up! Feel free to join in the challenge at any time, any month. The idea is to pull those cookbooks off your shelves and use them. These can be cookbooks that you already own or cookbooks that you’d like to check out from the library (or borrow from a friend?). You can cook from one cookbook over the course of the month or pick and choose recipes from different cookbooks. And feel free to make a dozen recipes or just one. You make the rules!
For the month of January (and some of December) I cooked from Dinner: A Love Story. I’m actually still making my way through the cookbook as there are so many good things here. So you might see DALS again for me for the next link-up. The highlight was certainly the pork ragu, but we’ve found a few other keepers in the cookbook and I just loved Jenny’s words and wisdom and confessions on parenthood and bringing the family together at dinner.
Since writing my original post for DALS, we cooked her Grandma Jody’s Chicken (also found under Chicken with Asparagus Ketchup on her website). The chicken was tender and juicy (thanks Les for the tip on Smart Chicken!), and the panko provided a nice crispy crust. The chicken itself was bland but I made an impromptu pan sauce of lemon, white wine, and butter. That gave the chicken all the flavoring it needed! Sorry for the lame picture–I had already foiled the leftover with the roasted cauliflower…
More of Dinner: A Love Story linked below…
Please link up any Cook it Up posts you’ve written since the last link-up below: (in other words, anything you cooked up since January 2nd)
I am toying around with the idea of hosting a more inclusive weekly link-up–something for cooking, crafting, creating, making, doing, etc. Kind of like PinItDoIt but without the Pinterest angle. I’m super nervous about this as my active readers are like 99% book bloggers (hello silent readers!), though I know there are plenty of you creators out there. What do you think?? I think the monthly link-up is problematic because people forget–but weekly scares me because it means pressure for me to come up with something.
The next Cook It Up link-up will be Saturday, March 7th. See you back then!