February 19, 2010
So today, I want to introduce you to my new favorite blog/website. Yes, I said my favorite and I mean it! I forget how I discovered it, probably facebook, but it is a site put together by some old high school friends of mine. Joanne and Adam, now a married team, started up InspiredTaste.net back in August. I have only been reading their blog for about month now, but I eagerly await each new post and I went back and read all their old posts!
Back to Joanne and Adam. Their recipes are easy to follow, often complete with photographs. They have a wide variety of appetizers, main courses, snacks, desserts, soups. The recipes and posts are so elegant as well! Some delicious foods get lost in the presentation, but not here. I do have a very sad admission to make though. I have yet to try any of their recipes myself. Which in a way brings me to my only (very slight) complaint. Often Adam and Joanne use ingredients that I don’t keep on hand. For example, should I admit that I didn’t even know what endive is? Or star anise? So I ran out and bought some pears yesterday to make their Roasted Pears (as seen above) but I am not even sure where I can get star anise. So I may skip that ingredient. (shhh, don’t tell! I am the type of person that rarely follows a recipe. I usually get inspired by a certain recipe and then just make it with whatever I have in my pantry.) I will definitely let you know how it turns out. I also forgot to get some vanilla bean ice cream, which is definitely vital so that was another excuse for the delay.
Simply Roasted Chicken (Another sad admission: I have never cooked a whole bird before, be it turkey, chicken or what have you.)
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Creamy Vegetable Soup
Earl Grey Tea Shortbread Cookies
Poached Salmon (Although I am not a big fish person, this for some reason just looks amazing!)
Now that my life has calmed down a little bit, I have been catching up on sleep, reading and cooking! With last weeks snow vacation, I posted my first Tasty Kitchen recipe, and tried all sorts of new recipes inspired by other stuff on Tasty Kitchen, the PW, and Barefoot Contessa. InspiredTaste.net has, well what-do-you-know, inspired me to try some more new things, like fish and roasting a whole bird. I should branch out from my chicken breast, vegetable and pasta variation meals. That is not the only inspiration I have gotten from Joanne and Adam.
Joanne has had a long time dream of writing a cookbook. Like a good husband, Adam found a great way to encourage her in along this avenue by suggesting and helping in the creation of their blog. New to the blogging world, Adam and Joanne found a great way to share their recipes and their lives with the world! And it is amazing to see what they have accomplished thus far. This is a great encouragement to me as I continue working towards my own goals and dreams. Thanks, Joanne and Adam! I can’t wait until your next recipe and dear reader, I promise to share with you my successes and failures as I attempt to recreate their scrumptious creations!
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