With all the restaurant news that’s been hopping on the blog lately, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about cooking at home. And I’m not going to lie — for the past few weeks, I’ve been experiencing the end-of-summer burnout when it comes to cooking. We’ve been on-the-go on the weekends and all I’ve had the energy to do is eat a lot of fresh produce and grilled meats, with the exception of some go-to dishes I’ve made for dinners and potlucks. But those are dishes I’ve mentioned on the blog or in the column before.
As the weather starts to cool down a little, I feel that spark of inspiration in my belly. I am ready to experiment again, using some unfamiliar ingredients and recipes. On my list to try this fall or winter are an osso bucco dish like this one on Simply Recipes, Caribbean- or African-style oxtails such as this Emeril Lagasse recipe, a maple cake with maple icing (I’m a sucker for anything maple-flavored), and various dishes that call for chicken thighs. I’m always on the lookout for good chicken thigh recipes, so if anybody has one they would like to share, please do.
I also want to do a muffin column within the next couple of months, so I hope to crank up the oven and make several different kinds of homemade muffins. Got any favorite muffin flavors you’d like me to test?
Most of all, I want to hear what YOU have been cooking lately. Has anybody tried a new recipe or ingredient they loved (or hated, for that matter)? I always know that all of you foodies are out there creating great meals in your kitchens. Inspire us with your kitchen genius!