I really like to cook. I really LOVE to bake. If you have read the last few posts then you may have realized that I am going through a tough time right now; one of the valleys in the hills and valleys of life. One of the things I had lost as I was driving down that hill was my ability to cook. Mentally, I just did not have it in me. Yes, I could through some quick meals together, but I was not cooking.
Cooking is emotional. It has to be, because food and eating food is emotional. I think back to when I was a kid and conjure up an image of a chef. He was quick-tempered and moody. And he was a he. Unless she was Julia Child. Of course this was all before the food network. But that was what I thought a chef was like.
Yesterday when the reality of the crazy Nor'easter was hitting me I decided to get some ingredients to cook, just in case I felt like I could. I was not able to do so yesterday. I wasn't ready.
But today I was. Today I made meatballs and homemade tomato sauce. Watching Lilly eat all her meatballs made my heart happy. I also made butternut squash and apple soup. Lilly won't eat that but my mom will. It has a touch too much salt but otherwise it is divine. It is just such a fall-ish dish and it was a cold day. With snow on the ground. In October!
I'm not baking yet, but I am cooking. I'll take it!
recipes to follow...