I was talking with a lovely woman named Ketti at Parley Lake Winery the other day.
We found out that we both love cooking and teaching. She asked me if I make up my own recipes.
Somehow I always get a little embarassed by this question. No, I don’t really make up stuff out of the air.
So I confessed. Yes, I am a Cooking Light junkie.
She smiled. She is a Gourmet gal.
Thank god (I thought)- I’m not the only cook out there that uses recipes as a starting point!
I usually don’t stick with the recipe. I always put my own twist on it (whether it’s because I forgot something at the store, or used it yesterday by accident, or because I wasn’t planning on making that but it sure did sound good.)
In any case, the past couple of weeks have been all Cooking Light August 2006, all the time. Plus a couple of miscellaneous things thrown in.
Dry-rubbed, smoked Pork Ribs with potato salad
Homemade Fetuccine with a lightened spinach cream sauce (instead of using whole cream, I mocked up a cream sauce using Neufchatel, flour, and a bit of half-and-half)
Summer Rice salad (with tuna, yellow & red bell peppers, eggplant, and peas)
Mediterranean Summer vegetable pasta, including grilled summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes and kalamata olives
TODAY I am especially proud of the Pea risotto with homemade Corn broth (using corn from my CSA), and a swirl of special vinaigrette on the top. So sweet! So rich! So yummy!
I hope the guys appreciate it as much as I did yesterday. That corn broth was awesome.
Tomorrow? Pork chops served with Minnesota Grape wine preserves. Can’t wait.