This year, I have been making the most of working with what I have. Creating something out of nothing. Rummaging through what I already own, and re-inventing it. Challenging myself to create, create, and create! Of course, food, is another story. When I was a fully employed Sales Specialist, pounding the pavement (Hospitality design firms in my case), I didn't think twice about spending $40 at "Whole Paycheck" only to walk in my front door with a brown bag carrying a good bottle of red wine, a pungent cheese, and some crackers. Voila! dinner is served. I am a self-proclaimed foodie, epicurean, and lover of good, clean, tasty meals. Cooking relaxes me, teaches me patience, and every time I try something new, I really do get better. For me it's not only about the food, it's the experience. It's the people that come to my table, to share conversation, to laugh, to kick back, and to relax. My favorite part of my day is by far, cooking up a tasty meal for my man!
I had 2 chicken breasts in the freezer, a lemon and a head of garlic in the fridge, and ground pepper, coarse sea salt, and garlic powder in my spice drawer. I tendered and marinated the chicken for 5 hours then baked at 350 for 25 minutes. Then, I found a box of couscous in my pantry and a half used carton of chicken broth in my fridge and made Greek style couscous. I chopped 2 stalks of celery, 1/2 a leftover red onion (from the weekend), added dried cranberries, and sundried tomatoes. It was simple, homemade, fresh, healthy, cost effective, and my husband and I both enjoyed it while watching our latest tuesday night guilty pleasure "Miami Social" on Bravo.
What are you enjoying this summer?