Man, do I ever miss my kitchen. For the last four years, I've spent hours in there each day, cooking, cleaning, organizing, and developing recipes. It's not an overly pretty space, with it's circa 1980 countertops and too small fridge, but it's a charming one thanks to large baskets that hold my cabinet overflow, the pretty spice rack hanging on the wall, and the way you immediately know it's a cook's kitchen the minute you walk into it because everything one could need to get a good meal on the table is within easy reach.
I'm not in there as much as I used to be, mostly because I have a 14-pound blue-eyed baby in my arms for a good chunk of the day. I manage to cook what I need to for work, which ends up feeding the boys, but I don't have a lot of time to play or experiment the way I used to, and I find I'm in a bit of a funk about it. Don't get me wrong, holding a baby is blissful, not to mention relaxing and endorphin-releasing. But. It's time for me to get back into the kitchen. The older boys are wondering what happened to all the food they used to find in the fridge, and I need my hands to feel busy and creative again. So, I'm taking a new approach to my weekend links, by offering inspiration in the ways that I need it most. I want to revisit some of our favourite older recipes, be inspired by the amazing work that others are doing online, read as much as possible, and cook some of our favourite cravings. Here's what I'm thinking about this week:
- Family Bites Recipe of the Week: These Garlic and Oregano Chicken Thighs in a Pita are definitely on the dinner menu next week.
- Insta-Inspiration of the Week: Prosecco popsicles are perfect for summer.
- Summer Eat of the Week: Renée has 12 of them!
- Watch of the Week: Bloodline on Netflix.
- Read of the Week: Mardi is spending the summer in France and plans on giving us a little glimpse of her life there each Friday. First up, a simple, seasonal vegetable tarte tatin.
- Hot Topic of the Week: Would you put peas in your guacamole?
- Cookbook of the Week: Salad for Dinner (this is easily one of my most-used cookbooks)
- Craving of the Week: All of these no-bake desserts.