I have realized that a huge part of my intellectual laziness recently is due to my addiction to bookmarking recipes online.  My interest in food isn’t extraordinary.  I wouldn’t call myself a foodie — I think that’s a term like “hipster” that people want to avoid even if it applies to them.  Let’s just call me “hungry.”  But, hungry for food, and not for knowledge, which is why I fall short on having discussions about current events and such.

I love to cook and eat, and read books and magazines and watch shows about food (I’m not the greatest baker, so I tend to just think about someone else making sweets for me).  I think about food all of the time (specifically what I will make for dinner and how great it would be if I had a potluck brunch to go to any given weekend).  In fact, all people that I see everyday look like fried chicken drumsticks (except for my daughter, who has those big, doughy cheeks that babies have that lead to the invention of words like “nom nom”).  Anyway, I will attack your fried chicken heads at one point.

I take cookbooks to bed as reading material, bookmark and print more recipes than I can possibly have time to cook and eat in a lifetime, and work on my grocery store list all week.  I look forward to cooking with my kid/s and if she/they are picky about anything I will take it personally.

I am pals with many good cooks and eaters.  I have written an award-losing essay about cooking in my life and how no one eats what I bring to work potlucks and holiday dinners.  I don’t see how a conversation about food isn’t like a conversation about a book or a movie.  Food is a shared experience.  I can talk about Trader Joe’s or Everyday Food as well as I can talk about the movie about Trader Joe or the book about Everyday Food which I am going to start writing immediately.  It’s called “Have You Tried . . . LOVE?”

Seriously, though.  I need to knock it off with looking up recipes.  I blame thekitchn.com.

But since I’ve already done the work, here are some links.

Spinach calzone — I made this last night and it was really good.  The dough didn’t rise but that didn’t seem to make a difference.  I chopped up a few cloves of garlic in the dough.

Macaroni and cheese — I admit that I have always loved Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in all of its orange glory.  But now that I found this version, which when made straight up according to this recipe takes about 10 minutes more to put together than a box of m&C, I will never go back to the box unless there’s an emergency.  Or I’m lazy and that’s all I have to eat.  Next time I make it I’m going to chop in some kale and use better cheese than Sargento.  And I used a tablespoon of mustard since I don’t have mustard powder.

Chinese No Claypot Chicken — I added carrots to this and will probably make it again.  It was a nice and simple Sunday night dinner that lasted a few nights.

Chipotle rice — Except that I used brown jasmine rice and haven’t figured out how to adapt the water/time for brown rice, this is pretty spot on for Chipotle’s lime rice.  I also made a barbacoa beef recipe from this site.  It was good but not great.

Granola — I add 1/4 cup of ground flax seed and use almonds instead, but this is hands down my new favorite cereal.  I love cereal and the fact that I can make my own means that I am allowed to be a little more smug than usual.

I also bought Faith Durand’s casserole cookbook (she’s an editor for thekitchn).  I’ve made a few recipes from it but nothing that spectacular.  I like the book, though.  It’s pretty open to adaptations.  Casseroles are my thing now because they feed us for days.  I will gladly spend a few hours in the kitchen on the weekend just to not have to make dinner on a weeknight.

I will restrain myself and not post the 400 links of things I would love to make.  Just know that I’m not joking, I’m pretty sure there are 400.  I do, however, want everyone to look at this and then think of the appropriate event for me to make them and share.

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