It’s time — I need to start taking better care of myself. Chipotle, I love you, but it’s just not working out. I know you’ve tried, and the salads and burrito bols have helped, but I think it’s time to close this chapter of our relationship. We can start thinking of each other as a special treat, and not a once-a-week special treat.

Here’s the game plan: I have seventeen cookbooks (I think), plus a subscription to Everyday Food. Two of the cookbooks are strictly bread cookbooks, and I can’t really do bread anymore (and the thought of doing something weird and gluten free creeps me out). So fifteen cookbooks and one subscription. I am going to cook something new at least twice a week (more if I run out of leftovers more often) for the next couple of weeks and see how it goes (it’s like a pilot program, right?). I will post what I’m making a day in advance, and if it sounds tasty, you can come over (if I know you and you’re in town, etc., and I like you and it works out). Oh — I almost forgot to mention that I am going to actually follow recipes, except when I have to modify them to stick to my dairy-, wheat-, and relatively sugar-free diet (but I’ll try to avoid recipes that are heavily based on these items). This recipe-following thing is important, as I’m a big improviser, and also an improviser who doesn’t know what she’s doing in the kitchen (never good).

Anyone know if it’s legal to post published recipes online if you’re not reproducing the whole cookbook? I’ll look into this, too, and offer recipes if and when possible…. Oh, big plans!

Tonight & tomorrow night: Chili that A. and I made last night — ground beef, kidney/black/pinto beans, onions, squash, tomatoes, quinoa, and spices. We made a ton, so I’ll be eating this stuff for a while.

Next (probably Wednesday): Roasted chicken & pears from Everyday Food (November).


In other news, had a nice weekend — a birthday party, breakfast with a temporary New Zealander, catching up with old friends, connecting.  Cleaning today (sort of), and need to read that damn management book!


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