#61 – Make three recipes from our cookbook collection

We have a fairly large collection of cookbooks; mostly of the vegetarian variety that I’ve collected over the years.  They rarely, if ever, have been used, as I’m not much of a cook, and I find cookbooks intimidating.  We decided this needed to stop, and on the list it went.

We hosted our parents for dinner over the weekend, and it seemed like as good a time as any to try some new recipes.  We picked recipes from two cookbooks; It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and Vegetarian by Alice Hart.

From It’s All Good, we made a braised chicken with green olives and lemon, and charred corn with sage.  From Vegetarian, we made an asparagus and barley salad with chive dressing.  All were hits; easy to put together and everyone seemed to really enjoy them.  Adam took care of the meat dish, and said he would make it again for sure.  I did the two veggie dishes; the corn I would make every night, it was so easy and so delicious.  The barley dish was great for vegetarians; with the barley and kidney beans, it was hearty enough to be a meal.

We also put together a pretty kickass cheese plate, and made a fruit salad for dessert with a mint & lime dressing, and vanilla whipped cream.

#61---three-recipes

Details: Both cookbooks can be found at Indigo or Amazon.  Regardless of your feelings for Gwyneth Paltrow, I think I would recommend It’s All Good over Vegetarian, simply because the recipes are simpler, but everything we’ve made is super delicious.  The Vegetarian cookbook is definitely more elevated and intimidating.

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