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It really does help

A few evenings ago, I felt very uninspired about making dinner. This has been happening a lot lately, far more than I should probably admit, as someone who is supposedly crazy about cooking. I could attribute it to lots of causes, but I think these things go in cycles for all of us, these urges to cook or not cook, and no matter our individual circumstances, it’s only sane to acknowledge that. Sometimes I want to make two types of sauce gribiche, and other times, I want to claw my eyes out and then call for a pizza delivery. I know I should try to find some sort of happy medium in this, and maybe I will someday. But in the meantime, I have found that it’s useful to sit down and make a list. I call it The Crap I Like to Eat (CILTE) List, and it really does help.

Here is what I do: at the top of the sheet of paper, I write CRAP I LIKE TO EAT. You can write whatever you want, but I find this to be a crucial first step, especially the mild cussing. Cursing at your food forces it into submission, I find, and that’s very important in times like these, when you need to reassert yourself and your can-do in matters of the kitchen. Now, underneath that heading, you’re going to list dishes or recipes that you’ve made, and that you’re eager to make again. If you’re doing it right, this process should make you very hungry. If you can’t think of anything to write down, open up a cookbook, scroll through a blog, or take a bath and stare into space for a while. Basically, you’re looking to collect ideas, an arsenal of inspiration that you can visit whenever you feel inclined toward eye-clawing. Then you put this piece of paper somewhere prominent - on your desk, or the kitchen counter, or stuck to the bathroom mirror - and when you don’t feel excited about making dinner, you look at it until you do.

My first CILTE list was short and sweet: fake baked beans, chicken salad, and broccoli soup with lemon-chive cream. It may not sound like a lot, but it kept me away from scrambled eggs and salad, my default setting, for an entire week. I made another list yesterday, and I thought it might be helpful to share it, in case you’re considering making one of your own. I haven’t been trying many new recipes lately - trying to open a restaurant feels like experimentation enough - so the recipes on my list lean more toward the comfortable, well-worn variety. They’re old shoes. For some people, trying new recipes is relaxing, but much to my chagrin, I am not those people. I tip my hat to them, and then, for the millionth time, I make Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce with butter and onion, item #1 on my list.

Also present on the current CILTE list is chickpea salad, and braised greens with chickpeas and garlic. There is also roasted broccoli with shrimp, with or without the shrimp - the broccoli goes with everything - and Brandon’s soba with peanut-citrus sauce. And yesterday afternoon, I made rhubarb compote. I ate some of it just now, as a snack with plain yogurt, and it would also be good with fresh ricotta, or Greek yogurt, if you’re fancy. Or straight-up, with nothing, if you’re not. I cut the sugar by a couple of tablespoons, and it tastes just right to me.

And last week, I made spinach and green garlic soup twice. Somehow, we still aren’t tired of it, so I bought another bunch of green garlic, the one in that first photo up there, and I’m making it again tonight. I am relentless.

If you make a list, and if you feel like sharing, would you tell me what goes on it? I would love to know.


OpenID roastdmallow said...

Curry with lentils, stove-top braised carrots and peas, peanut pasta salad, peanut curry, waffles with anything on top, vegetable soup, split pea soup, black bean soup.

7:34 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Evan and Clover and Co. said...

I don't have a list, but tonight we made chicken curry with jasmine rice, and it was so utterly delicious I sat and moaned. We've had a couple of misses for meals lately, and I was beginning to think I just didn't like food anymore. The chicken curry restored my faith in eating. I'm also wanting something on which to put pickled banana peppers.

7:34 PM, May 11, 2009  
OpenID maybenextweek said...

Hey Molly,
Thanks for your list! I'd forgotten all about your Roasted broccoli - it's so good - I'm going to make it again this weekend, the tomato sauce too :-) Lately my list has featured Angel hair pasta with tuna, capers and feta, Banana bread, Corn on the cob with lots of butter and Moroccan lamb stew.
:-) Francesca

7:54 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Aw. I know exactly what you mean about just NOT WANTING TO COOK. Sometimes it's just too much.

My list: tortillas filled with salsa, beans, and guacamole; pancakes; yogurt with fruit salad and chocolate chips; toasted tomato sandwiches with mayo; granola and soymilk; brown rice with ratatouille; vegetable soup.

7:58 PM, May 11, 2009  
OpenID bferry said...

this post made me smile. love the idea of a CILTE list. mine surely includes blueberry pancakes, heidi's 10-minute couscous soup, and that chickpea salad. also, polenta, garlicky greens and a fried egg.

8:07 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Meryl said...

Spanglish sandwiches with avocado. We have them every week, and they never get old. Something about the egg goo really takes a basic BLT and makes it something divine.

8:08 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Maggie said...

A list is such a good idea, especially if it means revisiting old favorites—though so many of those are winter comfort foods for me?. Hmm. My list: my mom's chili, grilled eggplant slices and lamb kabobs, mario batali's pumpkin orzo, ruth reichl's carbonara. What else? Salad with hot goat cheese. The Best Recipe cookbook's pork chops. Lamb burgers with feta and mint. Lemon Ricotta pancakes. Gnocchi. Broiled grapefruit. Enchiladas.

8:10 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger bugheart said...

i am not
the cook
in the house
list is
* crepes
with comte & zucchini
* quiche
with carmelized onions
* macaroni & cheese
any style
* spicy tomato sauce
* black beans
with cilantro rice.
okay, now
i am hungry.

8:12 PM, May 11, 2009  
Anonymous Lauren K. said...

I love to try new recipes, but sometimes it's definitely more relaxing to make what you know. My list would be chicken and dumplings or tomato-onion salad, depending on the time of year, chocolate chip cookies, meatballs and homemade sauce, spicy lamb,and pork tenderloin. I usually make one of these or a handful of other recipes once a week, to make things a bit less complicated.

8:13 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger jamie christine said...

I've never made a paper list, but I often struggle with not knowing what to cook, which is why I started putting up a post on my blog about what we have for dinner EVERY DAY. My hope was that I would come out with a year long master list of things we like to eat, and along the way weed out "dud meals" too. Alas, I had a baby five weeks ago and that's (she's!) thrown a huge wrench in my ability to post daily...anyway, some of my current must have foods are (Indian Spiced) Cauliflower in Tomato Sauce, Japanese style chicken curry with rice, Ma Po Tofu, wakame (seaweed) soup, daikon salad (mayonnaisey or sesame dressing, either), palak paneer, black beans, beet salad, malted milk whopper ice cream...new baby or no, it's working, making this list is causing me to feel like cooking!!

8:16 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger nmrosycheeks said...

My fallback: natural chunky peanut butter with bananas and honey on whole wheat slices. Fast & cheap & delicious!

8:17 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger nmrosycheeks said...

Also, forgot to mention: when it's really hot outside, I love angel hair w/olive oil, lemon, pine nuts, chopped tomatoes, and garlic, and a glass (or 3) of a crisp white wine. This was perfect when we got up to 95 degrees last week! Sometimes you just can't be bothered with getting the oven and stovetop all fired up.

8:19 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger michaela said...

i made rhubarb and (frozen) blueberry compote last week and had it today with my oatmeal. waiting for all the lovely puget sound produce to come alive.

8:24 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Kate@ Kids and Cocktails said...

Something I could eat any day of the week? Spinach and Ricotta ravioli with {Bella Cucina} Artichoke-Lemon Pesto and tons of parmesan and pepper. Yummy. My 5 year old loves it and it's super easy for nights that Daddy is gone.

BTW, when you says eggs and salad, do you mean together? There is a local restaurant that makes a great scrambled egg salad with fried oysters. So good!

8:36 PM, May 11, 2009  
OpenID traderjanki said...

1. our mole sauce on roasted vegetables would probably be number one (for my husband, at least)
2. i love your brussels sprouts hash with pine nuts but without the pasta
3. spinach pesto
4. sliced tomatoes with pepper
5. pumpkin baked goods
6. spicy cold noodles
7. channa masala
8. daal
9. lemon baked goods

8:36 PM, May 11, 2009  
Anonymous Isabelle said...


roasted pumpkin with chilli, garlic, cumin seed and ginger
warm chickpea salads of many descriptions and combinations.
roast chicken and coleslaw
creamed garlic spinach
pad prik khing
grilled cheese sandwiches

I'm making your spinach garlic soup for lunch right now. Maybe with a grilled cheese sandwich.

8:40 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Jess said...

Great idea to share lists. I like the thought of sharing some of my go-to meals and getting some new inspiration in return. My list:
roasted chickpeas with cumin; lima beans with feta and parsley; sardines over a handful of arugula with capers, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon; spicy sesame cabbage; bok choy, garlic, and toasted pecans over brown rice; shakshuka

8:43 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger misti said...

Seafood gumbo, chicken salad on raisin bread, fresh sugar snap peas, s'mores over my gas stove with the darkest chocolate I can find.

And it's darn near summertime, which makes me want tomato sandwiches...just a home-grown tomato slices, french bread, and mayo.

9:00 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Susan said...

My list:
turkey chili
Crescent Dragonwagon's "The Salad"
Mark Bittman's no knead bread
tortilla soup
pork tenderloins
baked potatoes
corn chowder

9:05 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger gail said...

mmmm this all sounds fantastically good! I tend to go with things with cream - baked eggs with cream, pasta with a saffron cream sauce, perogies and cream. (I'm not very big I swear!). Definite favourites. And then chickpeas, lots of chickpeas, cheap and cheerful.

9:06 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

my list:

black beans with cumin, onions and corn in tortillas.
savory scones.
pesto in the summer, when all else fails.
and left over rice fried with soy sauce and egg.

i feel comforted and secure writing those out :)

9:25 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Cate said...

lentils with roland mustard and red wine vinegar, a doctored can of black beans, roast chicken with garlic confit, braised spinach with too much garlic, roasted cauliflower with chili powder and parmesan. greek yogurt and strawberries. toast with honey. toast with jam. toast with pretty much anything. brownies out of the effing box because i'm sorry, marcel desaulniers aside -- it's hard to compete with betty crocker.

also, pickles. good lord, pickles.

9:28 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger kid collective said...

I love seeing these lists. Just last night my husband and I were feeling uninspired. He came up with the idea of lettuce wraps with grilled chicken, mango, cucumbers and a red pepper dressing. So simple for our non committal attitude towards dinner.

9:37 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Lady P said...

I just love reading all the lists and being inspired by all of your links, Molly! My CILTE list ? humm
Dal (comfort food - I never eat it enough), curries,a good green salad with hot food so I can eat them together on my plate,granola and fruit for breakfast with a cup of tea,scones (oh how I love to bake every variety of them, chicken cooked with olive oil/salt/pepper and a side of fresh veggies - I could happily have that every night sometimes, and lately - freshly popped popcorn with Smart Balance on top!

9:44 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Yum, I suspect your list is Crap I'd Love to Eat as well. :)
I'll have to think on my list, but last night I was not in the mood to cook after having had a visitor for 4 days and was just feeling a bit fooded out- but then I recalled the perfectly overripe bananas I had hanging out, so I whipped up a half batch of a hybrid of your everyday and banana cakes (essentially followed the banana recipe but used half white whole wheat flour and the yogurt instead). It was perfectly lovely and when baking a half batch and using a tart pan, it bakes up in a fabulous 15 minutes.
Excuse me while I tend to the leftovers...

9:50 PM, May 11, 2009  
Anonymous Nurit said...

Hmm, I don't get why you call it crap. Sounds like this is the food you like the most, no? I know, "comfort" + "food" is sort of all worn out, but... it's the real deal.

9:57 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Chelsea said...

Molly, I just finished reading "A Homemade Life" and though I'm sad it's over, I'm so excited to try out your recipes. There are plenty of reasons why I love reading your stuff, but it's mostly because it's nice to know I'm not the only person out there who is such a freak about good food. I'm making my mom read the book with hopes that she'll "get" me a little better : )

As far as my CILTE list goes; thanks to the pomodori al forno recipe you shared in September's Bon Appetit, I always have some tomato confit made up. With goat cheese and a slice of prosciutto on a toasted baguette, you just can't beat it! Sometimes I'll sub the tomatoes with red onion sauteed with honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Right now I'm playing around with Strawberry-Mustard Vinaigrette, something inspired by a jar of homemade strawberry jam and a bunch of homegrown spinach. I have a whole list of things to try it with!

10:03 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Dottie said...

Roasted fennel with pine nuts

Cheese and onion quesadillas on Ezekiel sprouted grain tortillas

Oatmeal-millet cookies

Blueberry bran muffins

Kale Chips (bites of fresh dino kale coated with olive oil and parmesan, baked until crispy--YUM)

Brown rice sauteed with greens, sprouts, nuts, and dried fruit

Fruit crisp with brown sugar/pecan topping

Anything with eggplant caviar

Anything with homemade peach chutney

Vegetable minestrone soup

Smoothies, especially with leftover braised fresh pineapple

Wheat berry salad with fresh basil, chives, snow peas, carrots, grilled asparagus, and fresh lemon


10:13 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Sarah said...

Now that you've mentioned rhubarb compote, anything I'd think of on my CILTE list has evaporated, I think. Growing up, we had a giant rhubarb plant in the alley behind our house, and my mom always cooked it down and we ate it with yogurt. Okay--one thing. Fried eggs. On rice, toasted English muffins, over spinach.

10:30 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger katy said...

Great idea. I've been in a food rut for about 5 years. Cooking for a family, especially 2 little ones who eat nothing but bread and cheese does that to a person.

Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to try the greens and chickpeas, just for myself.

11:08 PM, May 11, 2009  
Blogger Gemma said...

Totally need this today. A horrible cold which is on its way to lasting for two weeks has completely destroyed my urge to cook (which was already fragile). My fall back list is short but includes chana masala, pork burgers with lemon, dijon mustard, and thyme, toast with soft goats cheese and honey and couscous salad with halloumi. Now I just need to make a real list of stuff to get me back in that kitchen.

11:24 PM, May 11, 2009  
Anonymous Deanna said...

Its kind of a long list. What? I really like to eat.

Braised oxtails, any shellfish (oysters, crab, mussels, clams, scallops), 40 clove garlic chicken, pumpkin risotto with pancetta and sage, sweet corn ravioli , ribs, the monkey danish (which is ONLY found at the CIA in Hyde Park... not fair), pho, anything with melted cheese, corned beef, toast with avocado, sweet potato gnocchi, tomato salad, eggs benedict, the Bearnaise Sliders from the Yard House...

I could go on, but I will stop.

11:37 PM, May 11, 2009  
Anonymous Michael Carr said...

Red Beans & Rice
Brown Rice, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Cucumber & Chopped Onion Salad
Sausage Jambalaya
Seared Ribeye
Malai Sak (Spiced Creamed Spinach)
Sun Dried Tomato & Basil Pesto Pizza
Chicken Divan from scratch.

12:11 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

- One of those rice noodle soup bowls from Trader Joe's - I add spinach and a sliced hard-boiled egg or cubed tofu

- Soy chorizo cooked with some tomato sauce or even ketchup and seasonings, over rice or pasta

- Whole-grain bread smeared with tomato paste, covered with slices of cheese and baked in a toaster oven

- Cubed avocados and tomatoes with olive oil/balsamic vinegar/kosher salt, or just with lemon juice and salt

- Random leftovers (boiled potatoes, cooked broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, even pasta!) turned into a frittata with the help of a few eggs, some cheese, and a good cast iron skillet

- Fried rice (veggies/eggs/optional tofu, lots of soy sauce, red pepper and garlic)

- Whole-grain bread with almond butter and jam (apricot jam is best) or honey


12:12 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Sue said...

Thanks for some great new ideas, I have printed some off for posting onto the fridge door :-)

My list includes a quick Moroccan chicken, a quinoa/veggie/chicken salad with a lemony dressing, and Jocelyn Dimbleby's onion and garlic tart with hot butter oregano pastry...

1:00 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Barmaid said...

I love this idea! I can never think of anything to cook when I'm hungry. Thanks! So here goes:

Crap I Like to Eat
-- sauteed greens with garlic
-- risotto
-- homemade pizza
-- mashed potatoes
-- cheeseburgers

1:01 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Recipe man said...

Great idea.

Thanks for the inspiration this is so refreshing. I'm going to try the greens and chickpeas so cool

1:34 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous samarahuel said...

I have a lengthy "Things I Want to Cook" list in my head, and here it is:

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cook's Illustrated
Quick Tomato Sauce from Cook's Illustrated
Beef Brisket
Spargel Cream Soup
Rhubarb Crisp
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam
Homemade Puff Pastry
Pizza on the Grill
Macaroni and Cheese

Many of these will be knocked out next week for a camping trip (bagels, brisket). Others are waiting to be justified (the cookies, donuts, Macaroni and Cheese), and I'm working up the courage to attempt the puff pastry, at my husband's request.

2:42 AM, May 12, 2009  
OpenID saladclub said...

* smoked mackerel, feta and quinoa salad
* jerk salmon, goats' cheese and leaves
* slow roasted shoulder of lamb / pork
* mexican beans on toast
* Sweet potato gratin
Some of these recipes on our blog.

2:50 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger delicious said...

my mouth is watering, i can't read anymore. i just wanted to leave a note saying how much i like reading your posts :) my list is one item at the moment, and i've been eating it nearly every day: steamed chinese vegetables with olive oil and garlic.

3:12 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger TheGourmetGirl said...

What an ingenious way to remind us of the wonderful recipes you've posted over time.
As for this Gourmet Girl the list would be quite lengthy. It would have to be sorted geographically so I don't miss any of my regional favorites.
I don't know about others, but items on this list typically are starchy. It's always fun to look at them and make adjustments transforming them into a healthier option.
First on my list are pastiches made with aged Dutch Gouda or with salted fish.....the list would end with a good New York Italian Lemon Ice.

3:40 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Mama JJ said...

I love this Molly. It's totally how I feel most days. Supper rolls around and I stare vacantly about me and then yell at my would-be-gape-mouthed-family-if-they-weren't-so-used-to-it-by-now: I QUIT!

I have a list that I've broken down into sections; meals made from beef, chicken, pasta, beans, potatoes, and then sections for healthy snacks, breakfasts, and desserts. It helps, but that list was made up a couple years ago when we started taking in teenage foster girls and I was totally overwhelmed. Now I just make a loose weekly menu. For this week: Pesto, rhubarb pie, potato soup, salad, baked bean dip, hamburgers, rhubarb punch, mint-raspberry tea.

Thanks for reminding me of the spinach and green garlic soup. I wanted to make it, but forgot all about it. Now I'm in spinach up to my ears and the garlic is ready.

3:45 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that you put Marcella Hazans sauce at the top of the list...heavenly

3:57 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Julie said...

So true! I totally keep a list like this too, and a second list of recipes I want to try so I don't have to think on these nights. My list:

Roasted Vegetables w/ Marinara

Indian spice potatoes & cauliflower (which I got from SmittenKitchen)

Beans! - Red Beans, Black beans, Pinto beans or a mix - usually with jalapeno, lime, cumin onion and garlic, and sometimes with grilled chicken or some sausage.

Pasta with Lemon/butter/white wine sauce and shredded parmesan.

Stir Fried asparagus and tofu with peanut sauce and jasmine rice.

skillet sweet potatoes with honey, garlic and herbs.

4:43 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger sk said...

I like your list!
Your recipe for cabbage with hot sauce has been on the top of my list for a couple of months now-- I just can't get enough!

I've also been a huge fan of stir frys (stir fries?) lately-- we've been using whatever we get in our CSA box, ALWAYS with ume plum vinegar. been lovin' that stuff.

oh, and cookies. cookies make everything better.

that tomato sauce has been on my "to try" list since you posted it way back when...need to get on that.

4:59 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Megan {Feasting on Art} said...

I think I would make a grape cake (which is perhaps why I got the ingredients for it tonight!) I finished your beautiful book this afternoon and I cannot wait to get started on the recipes.

5:17 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Ooh, brilliant plan for getting one's mojo back. Crap I, personally, like to eat: kale (boiled or chips), fried eggs, chickpea salad with peppers and feta, hummus and carrots, pretzels with brown mustard, rye bread, Nicoise salad, hot dogs, any kind of bean or legume, vegetable soup made with whatever I've got in the crisper + pesto from the freezer and a can of diced tomatoes.

5:20 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger natalie said...

you're thebomb.com!

I've gotta make a list. I am so tired of fried eggs & toast that I could just go into clawing-my-eyes-out mode!

5:40 AM, May 12, 2009  
OpenID truestoryofwhatwas said...

Ah, list making always makes me feel better, especially when it has to do with food!

5:41 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Ashley said...

modified carrot and fennel soup with a touch of chipotle (my ultimate comfort food), jalapeno, ginger and coconut rice, bbq shrimp with red onion and avocado dressing, chicken curry eaten cold out of the fridge, pan-fried mushrooms on olive bread crostini, leftover angel hair pasta cold with buttermilk and black pepper, whole roasted chicken eaten with apple and cheddar and only a knife, quesadillas (must be corn tortillas!) with homemade ranch dressing

5:43 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Mel H said...

Brilliant Molly! I'm catering a wedding rehearsal dinner this weekend and needed some inspiration. My CILTE list:

Braised Artichokes- your version or my own when I'm feeling creative

Tomato Fennel Pasta Sauce

Roasted Asparagus


Bachelor Salad- Romano beans, tuna, green onions, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon S & P

Spaghetti Limone- With extra lemon and parmigiano

Carrot Orange & Tarragon Soup- Bon Appetit Recipe

French Toast- With candied pecans, bananas, and cream cheese

Tomato, Basil, Mushroom & Zucchini Stew with Polenta

Steak marnitated with sesame oil and steak spice seasoning

Grilled calamari with capers, olives and tomatoes

The best cheesecake- Three Cities of Spain recipe from Gourmet- easy and delicious

And I could go on and on...but I'll stop there. Oh wait...

Buffalo Mozzarella- on pizza, with freshly sliced tomato and good olive oil, s & p

Parma Prosciutto

Garlic Shrimp with butter chive sauce and crispy risotto cakes

Okay. That's all. Is it wrong to want to eat some of this now for breakfast?

5:54 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger teryll said...

I am always trying new recipes, it's pretty rare that I repeat them, but there are quite a few that have become staples: tomato brie pasta, mexican cornbread casserole (this isn't exactly gourmet, but it is cheap and satisfying to make), matzo ball soup.

5:59 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

I love the idea of the CILTE list. Far too often I fall back to frittatas and pasta with pesto. My list is Vietnamese springs rolls (made with sweet-potato noodles), rhubarb chutney with any grilled meat, and any kind of soup.


6:04 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Miss Kate said...

Oh, we've been on the same cooking page lately.

I've been eating blue cheese salad (baby herb greebs, blue cheese, tamari almonds, gogi berries, raspberry vinagrette)

eggs-over-medium on toast with butter, sea salt, and red pepper flakes

chickpea salad (your lovely recipe)

cheddar-and-salsa quesadillas, baked

and home-made iced lattes.

All of it, food in a hurry!

6:33 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Laura said...

Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce is definitely at the top of my list, too! (Thanks again for sharing.) I keep a list called "Stuff We Like," and it includes such standbys as grilled cheese and tomato soup, twice-baked potatoes, fish tacos, any tacos, huevos rancheros, and black bean soup. I try new recipes way too much, but I know I can always count on the good crap. If I'm ever at a complete loss in the grocery store, I resort to goat cheese, tomato, sprouts, avocado and sunflower seeds on a baguette. Yum!

6:38 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous amanda said...

Braised Oxtails? If I'm at braised oxtails I don't need a list anymore!

I have a sheet of paper in the kitchen where I try to keep track of:
* Things to put on noodles (not all at once) like carmelized onions, mustard greens and feta. All at once. Or sun dried tomatoes, capers, olives, pine nuts. Actually, those'd make a good all at once, too.

* Things I'd like to bake soon;

* Things to do with beans;

I think I need to start exploring "things I used to make that were fast and used green vegetables that seem to have fallen out of rotation."

6:44 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Kristina said...

Toasted baguette slices with tomatoes, arugala, and feta. Or with our homemade sundried tomato pesto. Pasta pomodoro, creamy spinach soup with potatoes, wraps with crumbled tofu, soy sauce, and lots of fresh veggies, lentil soup. Borscht. This awesome roasted butternut squash-corn-and-beans dish I make about once a week in squash season. This is a great exercise, thanks! Now I'm definitely hungry. Oh, and freshly baked bread, always, too!

6:51 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Leslie said...

Linguine with lemon and pine nuts (a Jamie Oliver recipe, I think) is my new go-to recipe. It's so light, a nice change from tomato sauce, and so easy!

6:55 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leila said,

I really needed this exercise. We are moving in 3 weeks and my meals have really reached a low point. Yesterday we ate frozen pizza with orange juice for a fruit group. I need to buck up for a few more weeks so my kids don't die of malnutrition.

So my not-as-cool-as-everyone-else's list includes: quiche, real mac & cheese, Thai noodles, fresh spring rolls and potato soup. I think we will have potato soup and soda bread for dinner tonight and I will pick up some herbs and greens for the Asian dishes next time I am in town.

Now I just need to up grade our tortillas and cheese with orange juice lunches! :)

6:58 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous vici said...

I do the opposite thing. I pick up a cookbook 2 or 3 times a week; and have along a notebook and pen. The notebook houses my TTC list, "Things To Cook" - honestly, I have the notebook here with me at work. I just checked it, "Things To Cook". So I record recipes and page numbers that I will want to get back to. Instant inspiration when I need it.
When there are no leftovers and I really don't feel like cooking, I'll have a latte and a green salad. I know. Weird. But it happens once a week and I enjoy it very much. A simple bean & cheese burrito works too. And now there is this...http://www.grafffamily.com/gorgonzolaziti.html

7:01 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Shiv said...

Ooooh; my list would be tremendously long. Manchego cheese, peanut butter, roasted brussels sprouts, avocado, grapes and cherries, pesto, rare (or raw!) salmon, anything involving at least three cloves of garlic...I could quite merrily discuss Crap I Like To Eat for days.

7:08 AM, May 12, 2009  
OpenID thecatskillkiwi said...

Fiddleheads, sauteed with garlic & lemon, ramp tart with a lot of other crap in it... wild spinach salad, the best broccoli & shrimp dish, that i think you know what i'm talking about!

7:11 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Katie said...

Chicken curry with peaches and jalapenos, fajitas and homemade guacamole, homemade pizza margherita (mozzarella, basil and tomato), creamy jalapeno soup with tortilla chips (can you tell I live in Texas?), and pasta with your pesto recipe. Yum.

7:13 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger caroline said...

Funny you should mention the spinach and green garlic soup-- I remember thinking it looked good when you wrote about it, but since it was unlikely that I'd find green garlic I didn't bookmark the recipe. Nevertheless, I must have filed it away in my head because, when I came across some green garlic at the farmer's market over a year later, your soup immediately came to find.

7:23 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Liza said...

Linguine with clam sauce--I hope canned chopped cans aren't against the rules. I make sure to have the clams and clam broth in my pantry, so I can toss them with garlic and red pepper flakes and make a quick supper. I also buy frozen (but uncooked) shrimp so that I have it on hand for a quick scampi when I'm out of ideas--or time. A salad rounds out both.

7:47 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Bonney boys said...

red lentil soup with cilantro from the Pasta & co. cook book. so easy and yet so so delicious. it's my go to when the cupboards are bare and I don't have the energy to hit the store. As the weather gets warmer we eat a lot of antipasto things or chicken gyros with a cucumber/tomato/red onion salsa. Also, the boys and I just made a batch of Rita Newell's Rhubarb Ginger Jam that was delicious.

8:03 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger abru said...

I've been cooking for my family and making what they love so it is nearly impossible for me to make a list. I don't even know that I like! Thank you for making me think! Here is a start:
vegetable curry, homemade trail mix, granola, peanut butter, popcorn, dark chocolate, daal, naan, hummus, tacos with homemade corn tortillas, grilled pizza.

8:07 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Jessica said...

This is perfect timing, as I have a night to myself and need some CILTE inspiration:


1. curry chicken salad
2. grilled pizza with fig jam, gorganzola and prosciutto
3. baked eggs with cheddar and chives
4. sweet potato fries with basil salt and garlic mayo (schwing!)
5. tabbouli
6. spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

Thanks Molly, now I can't wait to hit the grocery store and get home! I think I'll make Nos. 1, 4 and 5 tonight.

8:17 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I am the same way ... i really love to cook, but the problem with me is that I almost have to be inspired by something to want to cook it. Thank goodness for local foods b/c it is the only thing that gets me out of ruts.

My list should be long, b/c I pretty much love everything -- but if I were to pick a few things that I do really love to eat, they would be:

-pastry cream
-salad with my balsamic vinaigrette (nobody else's)
-white beans and sausage
-chana saag
-egg salad
-bittersweet chocolate

That's the weirdest collection of things I've ever seen.

8:26 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Genna said...

I love the idea of this list! I will for sure be sticking mine on my fridge for future inspiration. Another way I keep from clawing my eyes out on days I don't want to cook is to make extra dishes on the days that I do,that I can freeze or that sits well in the fridge for a week so I can just grab something already made (like raw mixed vegetables marinated in a homemade Italian dressing)

My List:
- cheese, crackers & royal gala apples
- teriaki chicken stir fry
- grilled cheese sandwiches of all shapes, sizes and flavour combos
- oatmeal
- lentil sheppards pie
- breaded pork chops
- mushroom & potato soup
- taco salad

8:30 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

So funny -- I just wrote a post on my blog about our green garlic harvest & things we like to do with it. Maybe you would find it inspiring? www.poeticappetite.blogspot.com
When I get bored I tend towards the scrambled eggs too but also polenta, brown rice -- anything that can be jacked up by veggies. Simple, healthy, good.

8:31 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Lisa said...

Pasta with tomato cream sauce
Fried egg sandwich - mayo and ketchup
Sautéed cabbage with butter
Tuna salad with pickles
Mac and cheese
Rice with green curry – with or without veggies, with or without shrimp, chicken, etc.
Arugula and beet and goat cheese salad, with hazelnuts or walnuts
raspberry jam cookies

I could go on and on - great post!!

9:00 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Ann said...

Wow, I can really empathize. I'm so in this same zone right now. Cursing is indeed appropriate. No list here, but I'm sure glad that summer, the season of food that needs the least amount of preparation, looms near.

9:01 AM, May 12, 2009  
OpenID flaxenlenape said...

.. sounds a lot like out list.

I think it's the time of year too - that spring/green time when it's rainy sometimes, sunny others and you really want salad, but know the Farm Share starts in 3 weeks and then you'll be swimming in veggies... but for now - beans, pasta, frittatas...

9:10 AM, May 12, 2009  
OpenID arugulove said...

Risotto tops my list. I've always got the supplies in the pantry and can toss in whatever vegetables, cheese, or random leftover bits I've got in the fridge.

I also eat a lot of BLTs, Italian Wedding Soup, or a basic pasta with marinara when I'm completely uninspired.

9:28 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Jen said...

Marvelous idea!
My first CILTE List:
*my hubby-to-be's chicken fried steak
*scallops tossed w/white wine, garlic and herbs
*roasted butternut squash and leek risotto
*cheddar corn chowder
*granny's taco salad
*mom's pistachio cheese log
*roasted chicken and veggies
*homemade hummus
*Greek yogurt w/honey and homemade granola
*biscuits and gravy

9:32 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger oneordinaryday said...

Okay, good idea but I've encountered some problems. You'll see why when I say the first to items on my list of crappy food I like to eat are:
1/ nachos with cheddar and monterey jack cheese broiled with some grape tomatoes sprinkled across the top
2/ salted fudge brownies
You see my problem? : )

9:41 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Tara said...

I am SO happy to read this! I have totally thought about making a list like this before, and the advice about the mild cussing really is true. My list would include roast chicken, turkey meatballs & spaghetti, steamed bagel sandwiches, egg in a bowl, french toast, mac & cheese with ham & corn mixed in, hmm, what else.. these are the kind of lists that must evolve over time. i'm excited to try the Fake Baked Beans!!

10:08 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Barbara said...

Peanut butter and honey sandwiches; Mother's homemade noodles fried with swiss cheese; Ina Garten's new Sticky Buns; pita with tomatoes, bacon and cheese, baked; my Aunt's sponge cake with seven minute frosting....Oh dear! There is nothing non-fattening on this list so I am going to stop writing it!

10:33 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Ashley said...

smoked salmon chowder, bean salad with whatever you have, heidi's tempeh sandwich, pumpkin lasagna (when it's cold), sweet potato fries, grilled endive with deliciousness on top including goat cheese, olive oil, walnuts and dried crans

10:37 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Helene said...

Love this post.

On my list: Red lentils soup with coconut milk, hummous with zaatar pita bread, Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken, bolognese sauce, black beans enchiladas, Curry-Ginger Carrot, Parsnip & Apple Soup, Spicy Yams Fries & Cilantro-Lime Mayo, Waldorf Chicken Salad, French Onion Soup, Curry lentils & potato stew, just to name a few.

Following you on Twitter:

Have a great day :)

10:56 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Hi Molly! My CILTE list looks like this:

Black bean and sweet potato burritos, toast, any veggies I have cooked in quinoa and veggie broth, with fried eggs on top, orange-honey-pepper glazed baked tofu with steamed broccoli and soy sauce, chocolate ganache with raw almonds and homemade caramel sauce and really good vanilla ice cream, lentil soup with fennel, home made pop tarts, good tomato soup or sauce or really good heirloom tomatos with avocado and olive oil, eggs scrambled with just about any veggies i have, roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, rainbow quiche with a whole wheat thyme crust, saag (punjabi-style), spinach salads, and chocolate madelines

mmm.. i'm hungry now. I just checked, and my (brand-new) produce box has radishes this week, and I'm going to try radishes with butter (I just finished your book) Molly... I've never had a radish before! I'm so excited!

anyway thanks for all the inspiration!

11:13 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Elspeth said...

radishes on toast

rhubarb pie with an egg in the filling and alice waters' pie crust from the art of simple food

spinach salad with warm beets and goat cheese that melts

heirloom chocolate cake from the modern baker

11:13 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous lisaiscooking said...

I think my list changes daily. Today, it would include greens sauteed with smoked paprika and chickpeas over brown rice and pizza with thinly sliced zucchini and dill. Great idea to stop and think and write down those thoughts.

11:20 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Empty plate said...

My list would have to include:

spaghetti bolognese
pesto and pasta with chicken
garlic bread
cheese - on its own, I don't need a biscuit getting in the way
lentil soup, and
baked potato and coleslaw

11:34 AM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Don't need a list anymore, I'll just bookmark this comments-page :)
My crap:
chickpea soup with sausage, prosciutto tortellini with lemon and parmesan, braised lentils, fennel salad with apple and port salut, couscous with mint and avocado, and if everything fails, I make a mean grilled cheese and ham sandwich :)

11:43 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

My default is eggs and salad as well! My family also likes to eat split pea soup, homemade bread, some sort of pasta etc. It might be a seasonal thing because I too, just don't feel like spending hours in the kitchen right now. I work in catering, own a cooking school for kids and keep a blog going so I think I'm just so surrounded by food, that Spring seems like a great time to take a break from it all. I think everyone needs a break from creative endeavours so they can come back even more inspired from before.

11:46 AM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Maija said...

What a good trick, Molly! Now we can all return to this page on those days & scan the comments for an idea. I did the braised greens-chickpeas last week - I always end up w/a bunch of greens from the farmer's market.

Here's a sample of my list:
1. Veggie southern comfort plate: *braised greens, *BBQ-sauce baked tofu, & *doctored-can-of-black-eyed-peas (involves peanut butter, ketchup, mustard & hot sauce!)
2. Spicy red beans & coconut rice, topped w/sour cream & cilantro
3. Black beans on top of either a quesadilla or frozen tamales (Trader Joe's aren't bad!)
4. Avocado on toast, w/salt
5. Crackers, cheese, & pear slices
6. Your warm chickpea salad w/carrots
7. Salmon-potato chowder
8. Sweet potato fries (oven-baked) with a veggie or salmon burger
9. Bay shrimp on salad - avocado & tomato a plus!
10. Big pan of enchiladas - fave filling is: roasted sweet potatoes & red peppers w/cocoa-spiced black beans.
11. Easy fish: 2Tbsp lemon juice/2Tbsp honey/2Tbsp dijon mustard: mix in 1 bowl. 2nd bowl: mix panko crumbs & thyme & s/p. Dip fish in sauce then crumbs, bake ~20 min in 350-75 oven.
12. Baked potato w/broccoli & cheese or baked sweet potato w/sour cream or yogurt.
13. "wacky" cake - ie. vegan chocolate cake/depression cake.
14. minestrone soup
15. "dream gravy"- a name a friend coined for a peanut butter-chocolate ice cream sauce

12:05 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Miss Lyss said...

I'm so amazed that you have time to cook at all, with everything that's been going on for you lately!

I wish I could steal some of your motivation...it's too easy in San Francisco to just walk down the block and find an amazing, decently-priced restaurant.

My go-to is spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, breadcrumbs and a fried egg on top. Super-healthy.

12:15 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger laura said...

What a great way to kick yourself out of a rut. I'll have to give it a shot next time I'm stuck. Which I'm finding is happening more often than I'd like to admit : /

12:23 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Toasted Special said...

"Crap I'd like to Eat"? Not a great title for a book. :) Nice post though.

12:56 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger hello. said...


chickpea curry.

tomato sauce with onion and butter. thanks to you this has been a constant in our household.. (for quite some time)

sauteed chard or kale.. whichever looks more fresh at the market.

stephen's pizza. sauteed crimini's, shallot and garlic, spinach and basil pesto, shaved parmesan with spicy walnuts or candied pecans on top.

spinach sauteed in garlic and olive oil mixed in with brown rice pasta.. topped with a wee bit of lemon juice.

1:05 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Jax said...

I do the list frequently, but I call it my repertoire. I try to remind myself to put only things I've totally mastered on it and that I can pull off without much thought, but often any "new" dishes are a result of old methods.

Here's what I eat:
-Garlic sauteed spinach with eggs and toasted baquette or ciabatta
-Veg soups: black bean, carrot, minestrone, sour potato with carraway, white bean and kale,etc.
-Portobello mushroom sandwiches with sweet potato fries
-Pasta, of course - veggie pastas, bell pepper sauce pasta, pumpkin pasta, ginger-tomato with shrimp
-thai or indian curries
-risotto in any incarnation but most often with lots of lemon and either asparagus or spinach (once there was a gorgeous turnip green and fava bean one...)
-tuna melt on crackers with sriracha
-pita pizzas

1:08 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

pasta with fresh tomato sauce
baked humboldt fog and fig jam on toasted levain, with greens
soup (from the freezer)
Zuni chicken
panini sandwiches
curried lentils with brown rice
roasted brussel sprouts
choccolate chip cookies
rice noodle salad
ok now I'm hungry!!

1:18 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Krysten said...

Marcella Hazan's Minestrone soup, pasta with cauliflower, tomatoes and kalamata olives, mac & cheese with smoked paprika and broccoli, goat cheese souffles over salad, black bean burgers, avocado with olive oil and s&p, avocado on toast, shredded chicken tacos, pesto on just about anything.

1:30 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Laura [What I Like] said...

Oooh...boiled potatoes with creme fraiche, dill and hard boiled quail's eggs, some sort of sesame peanut-y noodle thing, David Tanis's spinach pie, and Terry Paulding's Turkish style chicken and yogurt soup with mint. Yum.

2:04 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous meleyna said...

I made Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce for the first time last week, and have made it three times since then(http://makingitwithmeleyna.com/?p=636). My boyfriend and son really like red sauce... (Or maybe I just can't keep my spoon out of the jar... I'll never tell.) I made a very similar chickpea and spinach sautee with a touch of cumin and top with a runny egg. Or I'll switch it up with cannelinis and broccoli (topped with Parm instead of egg). Other weeknight things I like to eat....
sauteed shrimp and pinenuts over whole wheat couscous
Nigella Lawson's Sunday Night Pasta
hummus + whatever vegetables I have + Manchego sandwiches
cheese, bread, and wine (sometimes just wine...)

2:13 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger raych said...

Can we talk about how much I love your blog?

Ok, that's kind of the end of the conversation. Oh no, wait. It's because you're hilarious and your recipes are always awesome, and even when they aren't something I'd try I still read the whole post through (see aformentioned hilarity), and your photos are nice on the eyes.

Also, I have a list of 'Shit I Can Make' for those things that aren't complicated enough to write down the recipe for, but which I forget that I know how to make.

2:17 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Stacey Ballis said...

I keep a stack of frozen chicken breasts-pounded extra thin to large paillards, and in their own individual ziplocs- they thaw in about 15 minutes, and I just cook them ninety seconds per side in my grill pan, and put them on top of whatever greens I have lying around. A squeeze of lemon and I'm off to the races. Some other lazy faves: leftover cooked rice with a can of tuna, red wine vinegar and olive oil, and whatever leftover veggies I have (potatoes being surprizingly delicious, if a little carb overload). Angel hair pasta with a faux alfredo sauce made of light laughing cow cheese, skim milk and a little bit of light sour cream. Any shape pasta with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and chopped chives or parsley or mint(which I also have in the freezer, if I don't have fresh). Crumbled feta and diced cucumber in pita. And I never can go wrong with a peanut better and bacon sandwich, just don't tell my trainer!

2:21 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Cindy said...

A number of years ago I discovered Marcella Hazens tomato sauce with butter and onions, I make it at least once a month with tomatos from my garden that I oven roasted and froze. My favorite way to service it is plain on homemade soft polenta sometimes I top if off with oven roasted pepers.

3:02 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Laura. said...

oh, one hundred comments. sigh. who will read what i have to say, so far down here on the list? when what i have to say is, "i am so glad to read this! because i don't feel like cooking a lot of the time, even though it is 'one of the things i like to do'. but sometimes it is just so hard, and it shouldn't be. and i will make a list." and then, as i read the comments, i see bferry has listed "heidi's 10-minute couscous soup as at the top of his list, which just gives me another reason to say, 'me too! i love you brian ferry, you and your yummy cooking and your gorgeous photos!'"
but he will never read this. because there are ninety-four comments between his and mine.
(i'm really fine, actually. this comment came out a lot more dramatic than i had anticipated).
and for all that drama, i should include a list, or at least a start: in winter, roasted vegetables, and in summer whole wheat penne with basil and tomatoes. oh, and the couscous soup. i wasn't kidding about that.

3:19 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Heather D said...

Really good tomatoes with olive oil and sea salt

Mussels with a TON of garlic and crusty bread for dipping

Hot fresh bread

Any sort of cheese, preferably stinky

My Mama's meatloaf, cold, with ketchup

3:45 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger eM said...

I don;t have a list right now, bu I definitely get stuck on things. I have been on a broccoli soup jag lately. and also mashed avocado with pita chips - the chips have to be the kind I make out of really good whole wheat pita bread- I have even gotten fancy lately and elevated the mashed avocado to guacamole status with a little grated white onion and some cilantro. I am off spicy food in hay fever season. I just want to say: avocados taste so good to me right now, they are as good as MEAT!!
I will make a list, but I am warning you - it will be VERY LONG

3:53 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

At the top of my list would be chicken nachos. Then grilled cheese or a toasty with tater tots. Then probably some sort of creamy tomato basil soup. Or, at least, those are my go-tos when I don't want to cook.

3:55 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a notepad in my galley- (or kitchen) where I jot down inspirations and ideas for meals: after reading food magazines, seeing food shows, thinking about what is available and fresh in the stores right now. Every monthI pull out a different cookbook off the shelf and put it on the coffee table and peruse it for ideas.

4:38 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

Marcella's always at the top, whether its her butter/onion or olive oil/garlic tomato sauce.
Then the chickpea/tahini warm salad, or 101cookbooks easy peanut noodle salad. Or your tomato/chickpea/rosemary soup or your braised kale with toast and an egg. Or hamburger and rice (remind me to explain one day, but really it's four ingredients: cooked hamburger meat, jasmine rice, salt and butter. Can't go wrong with that).

Honestly, my ideal lunch is cheese and a green salad and bread...so perhaps I'm not much help.

Oh, but try the asparagus with cheese and spring onions I just wrote about briefly. You will L'ADORE!

4:55 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Carol Peterman said...

When I get busy I go through phases of not being motivated to cook, but I find it's more because I don't want to go to the store to buy groceries. I try to keep the freezer stocked, but then I have the issue of motivating myself to defrost something. So bizarre! I have come to accept phases of no-desire-to-cook because they are short lived and when I get back into cooking it seems extra satisfying.

5:21 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Anne said...

Almond butter on bananas, a bowl of Cracklin Oat Bran, Cream of Wheat, peanut butter apples, roasted salmon (a recipe from Bon Appetit about a year ago with wasabi peas and lime zest is especially good!), chocolate chip cookies, Barefoot Contessa's Outrageous Brownies...

5:27 PM, May 12, 2009  
OpenID danamccauley said...

I find it is just that kind of list that makes me run from the kitchen! I would be better to make a list of Crap I'd like to order in a restaurant to stir up my creative juices with renewed energy.

5:32 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger nerdstar said...

I also have a list like this for good restaurants in our area. We're always asking, "Where should we go for dinner?" and sometimes we just forget our favorites in our hurry...or in our hunger!

I'll bookmark this post for times I need inspiration. I always start some rice cooking or the water boiling for pasta. It sets me in motion to cook. In half an hour, I'll either have to be inspired or simply eat rice + eggs + steamed veggies, which is comfort food all the way, so it's a win-win situation. Other CILTE (and that I like to MAKE):

-pad thai
-veggie burgers
-garlicky greens
-couscous with veggies and hoisin sauce
-homemade pizza from frozen dough
-baked fish

5:43 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger anna j said...

Thanks for the fabulous idea! I've been in my own cooking slump and so you have inspired me with your CILTE list: some of those might end up on my menu this week :-) As for my own list, it is terribly boring at the moment, leaning towards a whole lot of oatmeal, an occasional spinacg and white sauce pizza and, when I'm doing well, Annie's basil/mozzarella/mushroom casserole . . . yum!

6:43 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger danielle said...

spaghetti sauce (our italian grandmother's recipe), anything with an egg on top, roasted beets with citrus viniagrette, pie of any sort, strawberry rhubarb crisp, grilled pizza.......

6:44 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Melinda Hews said...

Risotto, with prosciutto, mushrooms and peas. The stirring is soulful and usually therapeutic and reminds me that I do love to cook.

7:22 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger chefchick said...

Boy, can I sympathize with the eye-clawing times. I'm not in the midst of one right now - mine tend to last weeks or months - but it's happened more than once and it's a real drag. A few years back I turned my love of cooking into a personal chef career, so now I cook every day...for other people :-) Some times I come home and just can't stand the thought of more cooking. Actually, it's more often the shopping and cleanup that I can't stand - if you handed me all the ingredients and cleaned up afterward, I'm okay with the cooking. I guess that's the hazard, when you turn the thing you used to do to relax after work into the thing you do for work...then what do you do to relax? :-)

On my always-love list: spaghetti with toasted garlic marinara; thai chicken lettuce wraps; black bean chile; braised beef and roasted veggies; pasta with chicken or turkey sausage and peppers, soba noodles w/peanut sauce; falafel w/tzaziki sauce...

7:49 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Cathy said...

Moosewood Cookbook's Cauliflower Cheese Pie with Potato Crust; Black bean burritos with roasted sweet potatoes; Roasted Cauliflower and Baby New Potatoes with Cumin Seed; Daal - any kind; Lentil Soup and Rosemary Potato Foccacia; Perfect Roast Chicken a la Thomas Keller with Roasted Broccoli; Bacon, Arugula and Tomato on Toasted Multigrain with Mayo; Mixed green salad with currants, toasted pine nuts, curls of parmesian tossed with great olive oil, balsamic and large chunky salt; celeriac remoulade - just love the stuff; poached egg on buttered toast; salmon fillet sliced paper thin, broiled for 1 min, served with sorrel cream sauce. But top of my list is definitely Marcella's tomato, onion, butter sauce. I can eat an entire pan with a spoon and a baguette.

7:52 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous greedy mommy said...

1) Your dad's French toast recipe from your book.
2) A good baguette with French butter.
3) Spaghetti with olive oil, chili, garlic and basil.
4) Pizza with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.
5) Double-coated Tim Tams.

7:59 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

roasted asparagus with hard boiled egg crumbled on top

raw dino kale salad with ricotta salata (sounds like it'd be awful, but it's pretty much the most delicious thing ever)

cauliflower roasted until it's practically melting

baked sweet potatoes

curried carrot soup

this time of year I love strawberry clafoutis

8:23 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thank you for reminding us of all these beautiful dishes! I had planned to make the garlic-spinach soup when you posted about it last year, but I never got around to it. I'll make it this weekend.

Here's my list: Jamie Oliver's roasted carrots with thyme and garlic; my Mom's caramelized green asparagus with radishes; pasta salad with roasted zucchini, herbs, french feta, pine nuts, and lemon dressing; your feta beet tart (we had that for dinner tonight--so good); homemade raspberry ice cream; green and yellow beans.

10:52 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Michelle @ www.PorktoPurslane.com said...

(this week)

1. Homemade cobb salad with tons of ripe, CA avocado (I'm feeling the comfort-urge as well)

2. Lamb stew - with anything and over anything. But right now, anything seems to only include fava beans, peas, and mint.

3. Roasted Seasonal Vegetable Salad with Arugula, Pistachios, and Currants

4. It's so crazy that you mentioned that eggs and a salad are your standby - they are mine as well (though usually accompanied by roasted baby potatoes), and thus, deserve a spot on this list.

Eggs with roasted potatoes and a big ole green salad

5. Morrocan-Spiced Grain Pilafs with Chickpeas, Lemon, and whatever else I have around that needs using (like left-over spinach and green garlic after I make that soup)

6. Toast with butter and cinnamon-maple sugar (I know this may sound too simple to count as "cooking", but if you know how difficult it is to avoid burning bread in my broiler, I'm sure an exception would be made. please.)

10:55 PM, May 12, 2009  
Anonymous Ben said...

Hahaha! I love this concept!

11:35 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger Caviar and Codfish said...

My fiance and I have a tradition of eating spaghetti carbonara every time we return from a weekend trip, or long day in the city. It's come to the point that we talk about the carbonara all throughout our little vacations, just itching to get home and eat it on the couch with a glass of wine.

7:13 AM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger jbeach said...

Love the list.
I'm a list fanatic...
Here's my current CILTE list:
whole wheat pappardelle w/some kind of sausage, greens, crushed red pepper, and tomato sauce (or lemon-cream sauce); kimchi fried rice; kimchi pancakes; quesadillas; fajitas; tempeh & veg stir fry...

7:33 AM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger CherylTan said...

What a great idea...where do I start: Filipino pork adobo, Asian tuna casserole (with lemon and soy sauce!), meat loaf, beef curry, spicy soup noodles and ... fried chicken! Now I'm officially hungry again, even though I just returned from a three-course meal at a French bistro in Singapore's Little India.

7:49 AM, May 13, 2009  
Anonymous Hillary said...

I can definitely relate and probably need my own CILTE list! Right now I would put this homemade vodka sauce.

8:35 AM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger Marilu said...

1. Long Chinese green beans or fresh pea shoots, stir-fried with a bit of garlic and shallots
2. Cold soba, with sauce, and seaweed garnish.
3. Does spreading some pâté de campagne and Bresse Bleu cheese over slices of baguette count as cooking?

I also wanted to ask about the cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glaze recipe that you published in Bon Appetit last year. I tried it yesterday, but when I tried to invert the rolls onto the cooling rack after baking, the rolls collapsed and the middle bits fell out a bit. Is it essential to invert the rolls? I couldn't do it without having the rolls fall apart. Any advice would be warmly welcome. Thank you!
I enjoy your blog very much, and good luck with the restaurant. I will be visiting Seattle in July for sister's wedding; hope the restaurant will be open then! I miss a good New York pizza; can't get them for love or money in this country.

8:45 AM, May 13, 2009  
OpenID theeclecticconnoisseur said...

I love this idea! I'm going to make a CILTE list and get my husband to make one too. Hopefully our lists will have a few dishes in common. He is a meat & potatoes man and I'm not so that can be tricky at times.

Crap I Like To Eat:
- blanched asparagus with olive oil and Parmesan-Reggiano
- grilled baby artichokes
- mambo rice
- fish tacos
- honey-citrus chicken breasts

9:55 AM, May 13, 2009  
Anonymous Dallas from Bitchin' Kitchen said...

CILTE (great, GREAT idea, by the way)
- tabouleh
- anything made of dark chocolate with salt
- perogies
- salad with mandarin oranges, feta cheese and toasted almonds
- plain yogurt with honey
- Caprese salad
- jambalaya

11:22 AM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger Maeve said...

hmmm . . .
arrabiata sauce on spaghetti
roasted potatoes with garlic
oven baked marinated tofu
salad with creamy dressing
freshly ground peanut butter on crisp apples
broccoli raab with garlic and tomatoes

But I can't wait to try your chickpea salad, maybe I'll have to add it to my list!

11:56 AM, May 13, 2009  
Anonymous JennKS said...

I have a list like this, too! There are times I look at it and can't find one thing on it that I want to make yet another time, and then I tear it down and make a new list. This is one of those times. Thanks for reminding me I need to do it. Another thing I do is write down on a little calendar what we've eaten- this helps date leftovers and deciding if they're safe to still eat, plus I can see what I'm making too often. Nice to know I'm not the only one with a CILTE list. I've found as I've gotten older I need to transfer info out of my brain and onto paper much more often. Also, just read your book in two very late night sittings and loved it. I'm getting my wisdom teeth out next week and need to find books to read during recovery and am sad I didn't save your book for that. It would have helped my recovery a lot. :)

12:30 PM, May 13, 2009  
Anonymous So I Married a Vegetarian said...

Like the hundred people who have commented before me, I too love this idea. My list would read like a menu at an italian restaurant with spaghetti and meatballs at the top. There is nothing like a meatball fresh out of the oven. Also stuffed artichokes which have been my favorite since I was a little kid.

12:58 PM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger Tammy said...

Hi Molly,

Just discovered your book and blog yesterday while grocery shopping. I'm in the habit of reading a good "food" book each summer, and your book is the one for 2009! I also linked up to your site for my foodie friends. You can check out my blog at http://insidethechrysalis.blogspot.com

1:43 PM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger this humble abode said...

my go-to recipes that live in my head, and I am almost always excited to eat.
-vegetarian chili and cornbread
-fusilli pasta with lemon cream sauce, arugula and tomatoes
-orzo salad with feta and roasted vegetables
-peanut sauce over noodles and vegetables (I grill a chicken for my non-veg honey)
-stir fry over rice
-taco night
-banana bread

3:21 PM, May 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean this with love, Mol, but your photos were better before you fell in love with the polaroid. Go back to digital. Your subject and composition are great; it's the photo quality that suffers and is now poor with polaroid.

3:33 PM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, all -

These lists are AMAZING. I hope this is as helpful for all of you as it is for me. Thank you for sharing so many great, great ideas.

Kate@ Kids and Cocktails, I've never heard of a scrambled egg salad! How does that work? I usually eat my eggs and salad separately, but as part of the same meal.

Laura (who left a comment at 3:19pm, May 12), I read what you had to say! I did, I did!

Marilu, that must have been so frustrating. I've never had that happen with cinnamon rolls, so I'm not sure what to tell you, but since you say that they collapsed, I wonder if they overproofed before baking? Either way, my suggestions would be: a) let them sit and settle for a few minutes before inverting them, or b) don't invert them. If you don't invert them, they might continue to cook a bit, since they'll be sitting in a hot pan, but it's worth a shot. Better luck next time!

Anonymous, re: Polaroid, I'm so sorry to hear that you feel that way. I love the look of Polaroid, and I have heard from many others who do too. To each his (or her) own.

4:18 PM, May 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Marcella's tomato sauce recipe. In fact, she usually puts the easiest recipes at the beginning of her cookbook chapters, and those are my "go to's".

My list:
Chicken Wings
Pasta, any kind
( I am from Buffalo NY!)
falling in love with Garbonzo beans thanks to you..

4:49 PM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger Angie Kritenbrink said...

My go-to item is "cheese crisps," which are just soft tortillas (corn or flour, whatever you have) with shredded cheese in a hot, hot oven until they are crispy and cheesy. Cut them with the pizza cutter then eat them with salad or just salsa or leftover beans or whatever. mmmmm

8:35 PM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger gretchen said...

wow so interesting to read what everyone likes to eat.

i like to eat salad. fresh delicious salad
and maybe some homemade soup
(i am way into soup, but only homemade soup)
and some warm bread

keeping it simple

7:26 AM, May 14, 2009  
Blogger Kelsey said...

MMmm, good list! I like to eat Bucatini Alla Amatriciana - it sounds fancy but is a cinch to make. Also, I am a sucker for pancetta. Good luck with the restaurant!

10:08 AM, May 14, 2009  
Blogger lydia j. said...

current list...

my *famous* lime guacamole
curry couscous salad
rosemary garlic steak with arugula salad
grilled scallops with 3P (papaya, pineapple, pomegranate)salsa
banana zucchini bread


1:04 PM, May 14, 2009  
Anonymous elenagold said...

oh molly i love you. not only is that butter tomato sauce #1 on my list too, there is also your tortilla recipe. Then I'd say miso soup with veg and thick udon, mujadarra, and rhubarb compote! I make it as soon as rhubarb starts showing up at the market. I add either a little clove or cardamon, the juice as well as the zest, and some sliced strawberries at the end. And if I'm fancy, instead of yogurt I eat it spooned over your lemon yogurt cake, and its very very good. ps i made your brownies yesterday and the boy declared them the best I've ever made. :)

2:06 PM, May 14, 2009  
Blogger MommyAmy said...

I kind of do the same thing, I go through phases of cooking like a mad woman to eating take out for a week. I've noticed a strong correlation between these phases, the seasons (when it's nice outside I don't feel like cooking, I feel like gardening instead), and my own body's cycle (2 times a month I feel like baking, you can guess which times those are).

3:57 PM, May 14, 2009  
Anonymous petitfourprincess said...

Let me start by saying I adore you; I feel like you are my food soulmate! I started reading your blog only a couple months ago, but have spent many hours since eyes going blind, backside going numb, chuckling aloud as I read post after post, often seeing a glimmer of myself in you. You have re-inspired me when it comes to my love of food and trying new things, and I thank you for that. So far I have made Brandon's chana masala (my first attempt at Indian food at home) and it was delicious! Also, the boiled kale, your cinnamon sugar banana bread, and pickled grapes (not all in the same meal) were exceptional.
My list of Crap I Like to Eat (love the title) would include roasted asparagus with a fried egg on top, tuscan white bean soup, tuna melt sandwiches with pickles, olives, and pickled jalepenos (in the tuna), greek yogurt with honey and walnuts, pasta carbonara, braised kale, mixed greens with turkey or tuna and avocado, jack cheese, dried cranberries, pecans and balsamic vinegrette, and any kind of baked good or sweet!
Thanks for all your inspiration, and I'm so excited for Delancey as I used to live close to Seattle and can imagine many of the things you write about and now live in Brooklyn and pass Delancey on the train into the city all the time.

4:06 PM, May 14, 2009  
Blogger Cooking Mama said...

Okay, I'm totally rolling on the floor with the "take a bath and stare into space" line. I'm going to have to try this CILTE list. I get stuck in ruts too. I'm so methodical about menu planning for my family for the week it's stinkin' exhausting! Sometimes I just feel like putting a Stouffer's lasagna in the oven *shudder*, did I just say that?????

7:37 PM, May 14, 2009  
Blogger Katina said...

Hi Mollly and fellow foodies,

I'm planning on staying in Seattle for a few days and am looking for an affordable hotel/motel to stay in. Any suggestions?


9:39 PM, May 14, 2009  
Anonymous bobatea said...

Its a wonderful list. some times i love to try new recipes, but most the time u go to resturants and ask them what us your speciality :)

10:34 AM, May 15, 2009  
Anonymous katie lou said...

this post made me laugh. i'm going to have to work on my list. i know it would include this go to dish:

2 fried eggs with runny yokes, a healthy drizzle of good olive oil, asiago cheese, asparagus (or broccoli) for dipping, cracked pepper and flake salt.

11:46 AM, May 15, 2009  
Anonymous Rachelle said...

Mmmm! I just have to say: I made the spinach and green garlic soup for dinner tonight, and my boyfriend and I are HOOKED. In fact, he's polishing off the last bit as I type. Truly wonderful.

7:54 PM, May 15, 2009  
Anonymous Holly said...

I did this with my picky eater son. Instead of focusing on what he doesn't eat. We wrote a list of what he does and it was suprisingly longer than what we thought.

10:45 AM, May 16, 2009  
Blogger Susan said...

I have really enjoyed these lists! Keep them coming. And, for a few chuckles, read this:


I'm hospital sitting today--and reading any and everything. What a find!

1:51 PM, May 16, 2009  
Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

I ashamed to admit it, but my list is:

Special K chocolate cereal
spaghetti and red sauce
pasta and white sauce
leftover pizza

Methinks there aren't enough veggies in my diet. I'm going to follow your blog for inspiration. :)

8:42 AM, May 17, 2009  
Blogger Stacey said...

I love that-- Crap I like to eat! I must make up my own CILTE list.

Great blog!

9:41 AM, May 17, 2009  
OpenID stiliano said...

very nice post!!!!

10:16 AM, May 17, 2009  
Anonymous walker l. said...

love the CILTE list. Lately ours has been wild rice. We cook enough on Sunday to add into atleast 5 meals through the week. Also chicken & dumplings our 2 kids love it.

1:57 PM, May 17, 2009  
Blogger Elicia said...

Sweet spicy black beans and tortillas
dal and rice
garlic soup
frozen waffles with yogurt, honey, and toasted almonds
rice salad with feta, olives, celery, and parsley
scrambled eggs and toast
spicy stir-fry with tofu over rice
quinoa with tuna, vegetables, and cheese (what we lived off of when we were bike touring in S. America)
jam and cream cheese omlets that my fiance makes
Andy's tofu and cheese tacos

6:34 PM, May 17, 2009  
Blogger E-Kitten said...

What a fabulous idea! I will definitely be trying this CILTE list. I grew up eating Marcella Hazan's wonderful food and it wasn't until my dad gave me her cookbook (Essentials) in college that I realized everything he made was from it! Tomato sauce with onion and butter is a truly divine sauce. Have you ever tried Pork Chops with Two Wines? Btw, I dedicated a posting to you (http://dangerkittenbakes.blogspot.com) titled "I've been reading you, Orangette". I have, indeed been reading you. Thanks for your wonderful posts. I'm excited to hear how the restaurant turns out.

6:40 PM, May 17, 2009  
Blogger Doris said...

I totally understand about going through those cycles of not cooking as well. I go through periods of them, especially recently with stress from work, etc.

Hmm as for my CILTE list: scrambled eggs with steammed jasmine rice and soy sauce, sharp cheddar cheese with crackers, frozen soups (prepared pho broth I've made weeks before and freeze), tomato-basil soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, fried chicken, or locally made pita bread toasted, buttered topped with garlic salt and cayenne pepper.

8:27 PM, May 17, 2009  
Anonymous Liberty London Girl said...

Buttery scrambled eggs done the European way (wet, loose) with basmati rice. I'm about to post a picture! LLGxx

9:37 PM, May 17, 2009  
Blogger C said...

Eggs - scrambled with cheese or runny with toast. Boiled. I don't care - I love them.
Lentils - soup, dal / french, puy, red - give them to me.

6:41 AM, May 18, 2009  
Blogger Luke M said...

At the moment, my list of crap I like to eat includes the following:

1. Anything with hot chili sauce. I am craving hot food for some reason. I am especially fond of roasted chicken with butter melted on it and dipped in some chili sauce.

2. Homemade fizzy drinks. My favorite right now is lemongrass and ginger with a slice of fresh cucumber.

3. Big salads with things like endive, fennel, cucumber, bean sprouts, soft boiled eggs, pumpkin seeds, and a rich dressing.

4. Lasagna with roasted eggplant instead of the traditional spinach layer.

5. a couple of slices of bread topped with cheese and tomato and broiled until the cheese starts to brown along with a salad for lunch.

8:23 AM, May 18, 2009  
Blogger denise said...

okay...i'm beginning my list. greens sauteed in garlic & olive oil w/ s&p is the basis of many of my too-lazy-to-think-about-being-creative meals. i've recently added savory oats made one of two ways 1) coconut, peanuts, soy, fish sauce, green onion...that sort of thing or 2) http://chezdanisse.blogspot.com/2009/03/bored-with-breakfast.html when at my dad's it is his homemade smoked salmon, wheat baguette, and cucumbers over and over again! it works for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner. i've never found smoked salmon that tastes as good as his. i've just returned home from a visit to my dad's and i miss that salmon already...

4:02 PM, May 18, 2009  
Anonymous Robin said...

Oh, I adore that recipe for Marcella Hazan's simple tomato sauce (I discovered it here!), and I make it all the time, too. I serve it on pasta, use it as a base for those lovely A16 meatballs I discovered at Luisa Weiss's Wednesday Chef, and last week I even topped a big old bowl of Koshary with it (this recipe: http://www.gourmet.com/food/2009/03/koshary-recipe). It's just sooooo good and I never, ever get tired of it.

I know you'll be taking a break from Orangette, but please don't be gone too long, as so many of my favorite recipes have come from this blog. And thank you for that.

10:51 PM, May 18, 2009  
Blogger claire said...

oh molly, i love this idea. we do something similar on the blackboard, but i am now officially renaming it the CILTE list.

- pizza (we always have at least one dough in the freezer :)
- big heaping bowls of asparagus with garlic, parm & lemon.
- same goes with broccoli
- nathan's best in the world salad.
- brandon's chana masala (i could quite honestly eat this everyday)
- (fancy) hot dogs :)

11:03 AM, May 20, 2009  
Blogger samthegardener65 said...

I am truly impressed with how good most of the CRAP food lists are on here.

Was expecting more of the

baked beans on toast
left over chinese take away
a whole packet of biscuits (coolies) dunked in tea
bacon and eggs
spaghetti and butter

sort of thing. You guys really have a passion for food.

Will be back for more inspiration.

10:02 AM, June 05, 2009  
Blogger *sarahdippity said...

hi molly! hope you don't mind that i'm blogging about your blog (and book) here. i can't wait to read "a homemade life"! love reading your blog! ~ sarah le

1:57 PM, June 11, 2009  
Blogger Jen said...

molly, i also make these lists but I usually call it "things i like to make" or something like that... i have several of them although they are not NEARLY as inspiring as yours or your readers are. my family is not very "living on the edge" when it comes to food so I have to stay very safe with all of my endeavors in the kitchen. they love meatballs with spaghetti & ABSOLUTELY hate fish amongs lots of other interesting things i could think of making. but those lists do help me. actually, i have been saving a list on my desktop that's called recipes i want to try. i go to that file whenever i feel very uninspired & it does sometimes help me get out of my rut. thanks for showing me that i'm not the only one who sometimes (often) wants to claw out her eyes. :)

10:14 PM, June 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope to see you back soon

2:29 PM, June 14, 2009  
Blogger Flash said...

I find I really dislike cooking in the summer so, I do feel like cooking, I'll make up stuff ahead of time and stock my fridge with nibbly things.

Here are some of my faves:

- pickled eggs
- curried radishes
- salad greens with sundried tomatoes & parmesan
- gnocchi
- hummus
- artichoke & asiago dip
- garlic bread with brushetta & feta on top
- brie with cranberry conserve

4:49 PM, June 18, 2009  
Anonymous sandra said...

miss your posts, but i'm happy there is flickr :)

11:45 AM, June 23, 2009  
Anonymous Amber said...

well I'm new to this blog and its a fine time to find it since your taking a break but I did like the list idea so here is mine.

Homegrown tomatoes and mozzarella with fresh basil and olive oil, risotto, grilled chicken with fresh vege's, fettuccini alfredo with shrimp, guilty pleasure-chinese cuisine.

7:30 AM, June 25, 2009  
Blogger Katie said...

Molly- I just bought your book. I'm sure you hear it all the time, but thank you. It's so honest and charming. I had to read the passage about "hell hath no furry like a woman starved" to my boyfriend, who burst out laughing because obviously, that's me perfectly.

My list: chana marsala, roasted califlower, rice and beans, anything involving cilantro, and black bean soup.

12:47 PM, June 25, 2009  
Anonymous Esther said...

Your post made me smile....
My list:
Risotto with fennel
Pasta with ovenbaked cherry tomatoes
Papardelle al lepre
chick-pea lamb stew

2:03 AM, July 21, 2009  
Anonymous Vicky said...

Sounds like a genius idea! As a foodie, the sudden desire not to cook is frankly scary... I think my list would involve anything that involved wine in the cooking... that way, I get to drink the rest while I get inspired!


8:21 AM, July 27, 2009  
Blogger kelly said...


Just read your article in Bon Appetit and I can't wait to eat at your place the next time we go to town..(we live on Whidbey). You make the kind of pizza we like - I grew up on the East Coast and if it isn't thin crust, count me out!!

12:17 PM, August 09, 2009  
Anonymous corky Merwin said...

i appreciate your approach to food and eating.look forward to eating at your new place!
wondering in that vein could you, or any of your readers - reccommend a -- dare i say light-hearted -- one day cooking school in paris for me and my 18 year old daughter. nothing too expensive, serious or snooty. we are sheep farmers and gardeners -- sort of down to earth folks headed to paris at end of month. just something fun to do...

thx corky

8:31 PM, August 10, 2009  
Anonymous battery said...

I appreciate your post.I also dont to cook the food but I am trying to cook the best.These recipe seems too much harder to cook.But am trying my best.

5:53 AM, September 09, 2009  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

oh my god. definitely not a good idea to read this post (and all the comments) right before dinner. but, before i get to eat i'm snatching up a pen and paper and scribbling down some things (and some new things thanks to the wonderful comments as inspiration.)

5:49 PM, April 08, 2013  

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