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The pic isn’t the best but I promise the dish was tasty. 🙂 This is from the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook. Would you believe it was the first time I made fried eggs? Also the first time I made a Hollandaise sauce. All turned out great!  This was a light et surprisingly filling meal. Definitely will make again.

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Ever since I got Ina’s latest cookbook, I’ve been cooking but being very lax about posting! I know, I know. But I swear, I *am* keeping track of all the recipes I’ve been making. I’ve listed them at the very bottom of my Cooking page. 🙂

Here’s the count to date along with some notes:

FOOLPROOF COOKBOOK – completed 12 of 88

Winter Minestrone & Garlic Bruschetta – very nice cold weather soup

Sicilian Grilled Swordfish – absolutely awesome

Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons – another great soup for winter

Mashed Sweet Potatoes – tasty and a nice option for a holiday side

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas – just so-so for me

Israeli Couscous & Tuna Salad – great flavours

Chicken with Wild Mushrooms – to DIE for; the gravy alone is heaven on a plate

Easy Tzatziki with Feta – simple, quick and very tasty

Salmon & Melting Cherry Tomatoes – very tasty for salmon lovers

Zucchini Vichyssoise – Yummy!

Straw & Hay with Gorgonzola – Rich and tasty, decadent

Roasted Crispy Kale – What a cool side dish, reminded me of crispy spinach often found in asian restaurants

Overall, if I count all of Ina’s cookbooks, I’ve completed 215 of 695 recipes.

It’s been fun looking for recipes to use up the produce we’ve been receiving as part of our weekly delivery from Mama Earth Organics. That’s been really awesome – we’re now in week 4. We’ve been able to try some new vegetables (to us) such as red chard and kale. Everything has been of great quality so far and I look forward to receiving our new basket every week! Since I try hard to use up all the fruits and veggies from the basket, we’re eating lots of healthy food these days. And a nice side effect is that we’ve lost a few pounds – go figure!

There’s been tons of variety so far. In the past 4 weeks, we’ve received different apples, oranges, bananas, grapefruit, avocado, kale, red chard, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, beets, button and shiitake mushrooms, onion, leeks, garlic, broccoli, zucchini, baby bok choy, yams, and more! We’re super pleased of having made the switch – highly recommend to anyone.

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This is another recipe from the new Barefoot Contessa cookbook Foolproof.

This was a truly decadent lunch – tagliatelle in an amazing sauce made of cream (of course), gorgonzola dolce, prosciutto, peas, garlic, onions, basil and parmesan. How can this not be amazing?! Delicious.

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This was fabulous – the recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa’s new cookbook Foolproof. It was simple to make and had great flavours – capers, lemon, scallions, roasted red peppers, basil. A definite hit.

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I’ve been able to cross a few items in the last little while. I successfully completed my Goodreads book challenge, even with the revised total that I increased in July. As of this week, I have hit my target of reading 40 books this year and I have two whole months to go!

Many of you know I’m in the process of a long-term cooking challenge as well and before the release of the Barefoot Contessa’s new cookbook Foolproof, I had cooked 201 of her 607 recipes. I got the new book earlier this week and have yet to update my count but I did manage to cook a new recipe today: Winter Minestrone with Garlic Bruschetta. I was craving soup in this cooler weather and it was perfect. 🙂

I was also able to cross off a few items on our last cruise including:

  • Fly first class: This was actually accidental since we had to book a new flight back home after our ship was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy and the only space left was in first class. It was a very pampered flight home, much needed after that last night on the boat – 30 foot waves are not for the faint of heart! And now I’m spoiled and never want to fly economy again! 🙂
  • Do a helmet dive: Awesome time in St. Thomas – highly recommend it to anyone!
  • I crossed one more cruise so my count is now at 8 cruises of a target 10.
  • Read in a hammock: Done in the Bahamas!

Onward!

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I’ve been meaning to make baked beans for ages and finally got around to it. I got the dried beans and soaked them overnight, then started cooking them Sunday morning in my dutch oven and they cooked for about 6-7 hours. They required very little effort. Once the beans are soaked, just add them with a few other ingredients and simmer. They were very tasty and the hint of maple syrup was great.

This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook and can be found here.

Here they are, ready to eat:

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Who doesn’t like a chewy chocolatey cookie? 🙂

I celebrated reaching recipe #200 by choosing something decadent.

This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook and can be found here.

The recipe is supposed to make about 40 cookies but I like mine large and got about half that. The cookies are chewy, which I love, and the cocoa in the batter really make these rich and delicious. I think walnuts could be a good addition too.

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