Sometimes life gets so busy that its all you can do to make sure you feed yourself, let alone try new recipes and write about them. It has been one of those summers for me. May was filled with work and final projects at school, June and July were planning a wedding, and August was work. Work, work, work. During that time there was lots of take-out and comfort food and very little actual cooking. Take-out and comfort food are fun for a while, but they get old pretty quickly. And for someone who loves to cook, its not long until you just have to scratch that itch.
This past week was one of the first weeks in a long time that I took the time to scout some recipes and cook. It felt…amazing. And as soon as I started cooking I felt the urge to share. That’s what happens when you love food. I think its the great unifying thing that all food bloggers share: we just love food and we want to share it with the world!
So I thought, in that spirit, I would share the recipes that I made this week – all of which were excellent! I didn’t photograph, so forgive the lack of pictures.
MONDAY – Farmer’s Market Quesadillas
These are very likely to become a regular staple in our house. Great for cleaning-up any leftover veggies. You can throw just about anything in these quick and easy quesadillas and they will be de-lish.
TUESDAY – Rosemary Ranch Chicken
Instead of grilling, I baked this in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes. This chicken was so. moist. wow. Great served over rice.
WEDNESDAY – Risotto with Tomato, Corn, and Basil
My very first risotto ever. And it turned out great. I used fresh sweet corn kernels, basil, and garden tomatoes. If I were to make this again I would cut down on the corn a little and add a titch (yes, that is a technical term) more tomato and basil.
THURSDAY – Leftovers…everything tastes betters as leftovers…
FRIDAY – Slow Cooker Taco Soup
I followed all the recommendations from the top commenter when making this recipe. I made everything on Thursday evening, kept it in the fridge overnight, and threw the slower cooker on in the morning. It was SO nice to come home to an already cooked dinner, especially on a Friday. I’m thinking about instituting mandatory Slow Cooker Friday’s at our house…
Hopefully you had lots of time to cook and enjoy the summer, but if not, hopefully there is something here that will inspire you to go back to your kitchen too! Happy fall!
XO - Rae