One of my absolute favorite cookbooks available from Amazon.
My Facebook page is literally overflowing with pictures of culinary conquests. Yes, I'm that person. I I have learned how easy it is to make food I thought could only come from a package and how much more delicious food is when it's made from quality ingredients. Last night (despite our flu bug) I whipped up my first batch of scratch made brownies and while my husband heckled me because the spatula literally stood up on its own in the batter, they were the most delicious brownies I've had in a long time. They were less greasy than the oily from-the-box brownies and they didn't give me the upset stomach I so often get from the other kind.
The BEST homemade stuffing.
Panko and parmesan crusted chicken.
Pork roulade and salad.
Hot ham and cheese on Texas toast (with a delicious mustard crust on the bottom) and homemade loaded baked potato soup.
Cooking has become one of our favorite things to do as a couple. There's a place nearby that offers cooking classes. You bring a bottle of wine and spend the night cooking and eating with other couples. The last time we made salad with homemade dressing and candied walnuts, pastry-wrapped brie with a blueberry compote, filet mignon medallions with tarragon sauce, asparagus, and bananas foster for dessert. The classes are taught by local chefs who cover everything from the basics on up, but cooking really isn't that hard.
This restaurant recipes book is one of my favorite (I have all three in the series) and if you're looking to have an at-home date night with delicious food, grab it. The techniques are easy and I've yet to have a bad meal from it. Eating out can be expensive, but when the food isn't very good it's a double disappointment. Making a knock out meal at home might be one of my biggest guilty pleasures. What is yours?