Hello my lovelies! The holidays have been a whirlwind and I didn’t get to participate in as much Christmas cooking as I normally do. But, I did get something that should help liven things up around La Cucina.
My dearest Nate & Kate gave me my very own copy of Joy of Cooking. It’s amazing. And, just in case, I got another copy from my parents… Oops. Anything you could ever imagine to make- soup to nuts, it’s in there. I’m excited to get stock up the pantry and tuck into a New England winter.
Though, the pantry is well on its way.
Open my cupboard right now. Go ahead, it’s cool. (Just be sure to shut the door after because I have this irrational fear of open cupboards after seeing The Sixth Sense. ) We’ve got your basic cooking supplies, flour, sugar, baking soda, a few staples- rice, marinara sauce, beans, oatmeal. And then. There’s the brown rice. The muesli mix. The whole wheat flour, millet, barley, and bulgur. Um. This is weird. I mean, yes, Whole Foods is the closest grocery store, so it makes sense that over time my diet would improve, but this is just plain wacky. For plenty of people this is the norm, but again, for me, this is a big change. Blame some of it on last year’s Lent challenge, and the rest on finally trying to expand my horizons. So.
What to do with all these whole grains and goodies? Why, make something delicious!!! I made a lovely snowed-in pasta dinner the other night. It was deeeelish. I had bought parsley to make the meatballs, and only needing about 1 tablespoon, I thought to myself, “Ok, now what?” I didn’t want to waste an entire bunch of garnish, and what possibly uses parsley as the starring ingredient? Tabbouleh! This is where the bulgur comes in. Parsley begat bulgur, bulgur begat cookies. Yeah, that last one’s a bit of a leap, but I was on a roll! I wanted to see what else I could whip up.
I had on hand this package of Muesli and wasn’t enjoying it as a cold cereal. There was a cookie recipe on the side which I kept telling myself I’d try, as soon as I had all the ingredients on hand. I never seem to have applesauce, so this was a problem. I finally decided to go for it and use the old ripe bananas I had in the freezer. Not too shabby for a healthy cookie.