Finding Inspiration in the Oddest Places

I love to cook, which is good.  If we left the cooking up to my husband (who I lovingly refer to as Pookie), food poising may be a regular part of our lives.   He is known to try to surprise me with a meal every now and then.  His problem–he is so afraid of burning things that he tend to undercook them.  Let me tell you, French toast with cold egg runs out when you cut into it is not the best breakfast (although the thought was beyond sweet!)

In his defense, he has gotten a lot better in recent years since he discovered the joys of a digital thermometer.  Still, 99% of the cooking falls on me.

In spite of not cooking, Pookie loves the food network (if a recipe looks good, I will get a random email with the recipe). 🙂 He kept hearing how solid dishes, especially white, help to showcase the food.  So, he decided that we needed white dishes. (We got our old dishes the first Christmas we were together, in 2000.  We were only 22, and let our parents pick everything out.  While what they picked was nice, as we found our own style they really didn’t fit.  )

Arround the same time, I was hitting the point where I was getting bored with cooking. Still, we were both thrilled to find a  beautiful set of all-white dishes under my mother-in-laws tree last month.  All of a sudden, I wanted to go home and cook (although I figured it would be rude to take my dishes and run without staying to visit for a while).

Even though the new dishes are for serving, not cooking, they made cooking fun again.  I loved putting everything together, making a pretty presentation for whoever was going to eat it.  I fell in love all over again. 🙂  Here are a few of the meals I have made:

Leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner (braised short ribs, salad, and

a couple bites of tiramisu and cannoli.  

Homemade Beef Stew

Up Close. 🙂

My go-to upset tummy meal–spaghetti with grated Parmesan

cheese and basil (and, in this case, a touch of  a balsamic reduction,

just to make it pretty). 🙂 

Breakfast sandwich and fruit

Even Campbell’s soup and a salad look pretty! 🙂

What did I learn? I learned that a little change can completely revitalize my inspiration.  A few new dishes were much less expensive than a new kitchen or regular trips to restaurants, yet this one change was enough to change my outlook.  🙂

Have you made any little changes in your life that have had a big impact?  Are you a cook, or do you prefer to leave it to someone else?  And do you have any awesome recipes that would look pretty in my new dishes? 😉

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