You may have noticed it’s been a little quiet around here lately. I go through spurts of activity naturally, but I’ve also started a new journey in my normal 9-5 career. I am officially working toward getting my CPC, Certified Professional Coder, certification for medical billing. It’s been a shocking amount of work that I can only slot into the time I usually give to my writing, so for the next few months, things will not be as prolific as they were near Christmas.
Some of the projects promised at the beginning of the year remain on the table. I started with a cookbook from the large supply of old cookbooks that my father-in-law gifted to me during our trip. The first of those cookbooks should be well reviewed by the end of February. There are a few stand out recipes that I’ve already added to my weekly rotation more than once!
Restaurant reviews will come in much more slowly. My husband and I have agreed to cut back our spending in terms of eating out. We’ve a fun vacay planned for the first week of March that will be the opposite of those first two sentences, but after that, it’ll be pretty quiet on the restaurant front. Food at home is becoming a priority, which means…
ORIGINAL RECIPES, FINALLY. The first should land this week. A lot of these recipes will be riffs on meals I’ve taken from some of my cookbooks of the month to use in my home more frequently. This is a food blog, after all. I should be doing some of my own cooking for you, not just reviewing cookbooks.
As I always do when something that slows me down is going on, I wanted to thank you, readers, for sticking around.
Another cookbook I received as a gift, Simply Fish was delivered to me by two of my greatest supporters in this venture of mine. They remember a time where I went completely pescetarian, and this book became a good reminder to add the delicious seafood of Delmarva back to my diet. It promises recipes for each season, a sorting method in cookbooks that I truly delight in, and its all about using sustainable fish.
The author discusses his vast experience with fish both in in the United States and in Western Europe. His experience in both places has taught him a lot about fish and the way both cultures explore it. From an initial look, he seems to take a lot of his experiences in Western Europe to apply to fish more often seen here in the United States. I’m okay with that. If his descriptions of how they treat food is any indicator, it’ll be good for us all.
For the purposes of this review, I will try a recipe from each season where I can manage. I’m already eying a few recipes from the winter section, such as a smoked salmon frittata for a good Sunday morning breakfast. Eating healthier is a priority this year, and this cookbook will help us get started.
If you want to cook along, you can find Simply Fish available on amazon for both Kindle and hardback.
This month, we greeted winter with a cookbook designed to help you face the winter when it goes nuclear. As a long time Fallout fan, I was very excited to crack into this book by Victoria Rosenthal. The previews from when it first released had me excited from the moment they landed, so I wasted no time when this arrived as a Christmas gift from a friend.
The beauty of fandom cookbooks often lies in the references on each page. Sometimes, it can seem like a joke stretched too thin. This cookbook balances out the fan service with actual food. I want to eat the things I’m looking at. Two recipes in particular stood out to me as easy and accessible: The Blamco Mac and Cheese and ‘Radscorpion En Croute’.
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