Thursday, December 16, 2010

I really don't like beets.

Goat Cheese and Vegetable Sandwich

I'm in a cooking slump.

Each night, I pull out my cutting board and knife — promising myself tonight's dinner will turn it all around. But it doesn't.

Instead, it becomes another in a list of meals that were either just so-so or destined for the trash can.

As much as I hate turning out one disappoint meal after the next, I've learned a bit this past week:

1. I hate beets. Really, I do. I've tried to like them. they're tolerable in risotto, but that's about it. I've tried them in salads and even in this Goat Cheese Vegetable Sandwich. I just can't do it. I wanted to love the sandwich, but the beets ruined it for me.

Brunswick Stew

2. Read the recipe carefully — even if you've made the dish before. If I had taken them time to read the ingredients a little more closely, I would have realized when dividing a recipe in half you shouldn't use the full 3 cups of broth the recipe calls for. Otherwise your Brunswick Stew comes out like a watery, boring soup instead of the chunky, satisfying stew you remember it being.

There were other undocumented failures, but trust me when I say I was ready for some redemption at the stove.

So, last night I brought out the big guns. The no-fail dinner. The one meal I can always count on.

Pepper Jack Risotto with Corn and Red Peppers


Specifically, Monterey Jack, Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto. I love this risotto. It's especially good with blackened shrimp or seared scallops.

Hopefully, better meals are to come.

How do you overcome a cooking slumps?

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