Food for Thought

I love food.  I love shopping for it, I love cooking it, I love eating it.  I have been reminded this week, though, that I HATE photographing it!  You people that can take pictures of food and make it look good are freaking rock stars.

So here’s the deal.  I’ve amassed quite the collection of cookbooks, plus a gazillion bookmarked recipes I want to try.  I’ve decided to try to cook my way through some of them.  These are my stories.  DONG DONG.  (Also, I may have been watching too much Law & Order SVU.)

Creamy Potato Leek Soup from Isa Does It.  Not bad, but not a repeater, unless I have leeks I need to use up.

Ancho Lentil Tacos, also from Isa Does It, with fresh guacamole.  These were VERY good!  For taco meat, I usually use the recipe from Happy Herbivore Abroad because it’s super quick and super yummy, but these are a nice alternative for something a little different every now and then.  Definitely a repeater!

Last Sunday we had a big family cookout to celebrate my niece’s 21st birthday.  You don’t get more cookout friendly than burgers and tater salad, and I chose these.

Cajun Potato Salad from Everyday Happy Herbivore.  This was PERFECT once I adjusted it to my taste.  I like my shit spicy, and I found the Creamy Cajun Mustard a bit bland, but once I added some cayenne and red pepper flakes, it was juuuuuust right.  Everyone liked it!

Smoked Chickpea Burgers from vegnews.com (full recipe in link).  Yeah, that’s a burger on bread.  Don’t judge me.  All the buns got used up at the cookout.  I had leftover burgers and bread.  I used what I had and called it lunch.  These were really tasty, but the damn things fell apart very easily.  Next time I make them I need to do something to make them not as soft.

Tempeh Spaghetti & Meatballs from Isa Does It.  These meatballs were really good!  I pan-fried half of them as the chef/author suggested, and baked the others in an attempt to save some fat calories.  In my opinion, the baked ones were even better!  I took the easy way out and just used Trader Joe’s marinara sauce, and it turned out to be delicious.

Black Bean & Salsa Soup (full recipe in link) from Everyday Happy Herbivore.  YUM!  I kinda hate to think about how many times I paid $2.89 a can for Amy’s Organic black bean soup when I could have just been making this.  SO fast, SO easy, and sooooo goooooood.  Hard as hell to photograph though.  The soup was hot, and before I could get a decent photo, my Tofutti sour cream had started to sink and melt.  (First-world foodie problems.)  It was just a little bit thinner than I usually like my soups, so next time I’ll decrease the vegetable broth a tad.  I’ll be making this a LOT more I’m sure.

And there you have my first feeble attempt at food blogging.

The end.

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