I've been on a total cooking-frenzy lately (which obviously means I must be starting to feel better. Phew!).
I am NOT the chief cook of the house---Big D holds that position. He likes to grill in the summertime (steak, pork, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, etc), and in the winter he likes to experiment with new and old recipes in the crock pot (some of my favorites of his are French Onion Soup, Chicken Cordon Blu, and chili. His crock pot Chicken Cordon Blu won me OVER on our third date. Good man, good man!).
I don't really like to cook (well let me rephrase: I hate the prep and clean-up that is associated with cooking. The actual cooking part is okay though.). I do like to look up new recipes but more often than not, I never make them. I would much prefer to bake.
I normally don't have time to cook much more than pasta or frozen pizza. I work until 6:15pm and get home by 6:30pm and I don't know about you guys, but the last thing I want to start at seven o'clock at night is cooking a big dinner. And then dealing with the clean-up afterwards. *SHUDDER*
But lately? Something has changed. Could it be the low, low temperatures perhaps? Cabin-fever? The (hopefully) ending of morning sickness? Food seems interesting again. In this week alone, I've made Eggplant Parmesan (all from scratch, except I DID use jar sauce, so sue me), Stuffed Peppers (click on the words 'Stuffed Peppers' to find out how i made them.) I've been craving them since K posted about making them recently! And Venison Pot Roast with potatoes in the crock pot. Although I must admit, I ended up not being able to eat the venison...even though it smelled heavenly. Since becoming preggo, I've been averse to chicken, pork, fish and obviously now venison. The only thing I can eat gladly is ground beef. So maybe the morning sickness hasn't completely gone yet...heh.
Anyway, it has felt so good to be cooking again and not relying on take-out or crappy throw-together meals in the evening! I have been wanting to get back into menu planning but held off cuz Big D didn't want to...I think he likes more of the spontaneity of not knowing what's for dinner till we get home but me being hungry every three hours? Well that's not an option anymore.
So now my request! Do you guys have any yummy suggestions of what I can make--maybe some tried and true favorite recipes? Like I said, until the m/s has completely hit the road, I need to steer clear of anything other than ground beef. And I've been totally craving Italian lately...sauce, sauce and more sauce! But I don't want to get burnt out on it. So any ideas would be great!