A mother-daughter conversation on food and cooking (mostly)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Late Fall Food Doldrums

My cooking seems to be suffering lately, and I don't know why. Maybe I haven't adjusted to the shift in seasons. I know I'm still in mourning for fresh chiles. I haven't been to the grocery store as often these last few months. I'm oversalting, a kitchen problem I have that goes in cycles.

We eat takeout Thai food and Pizza Palace large pies with Genoa salami, mushrooms, onions, and peppers more often. My whole cooking habit is in need of some repair.

I illustrate my lameness with a picture of last night's dinner: leftover Thanksgiving macaroni and cheese and slow-cooked green beans, well executed but straight off any Southern buffet, alongside a grilled Italian sausage. Everything tasted fine, but it was all kind of fatty and bland and uninspired. Midwestern winter food. It wasn't Eva food.

I'll hit the grocery store tomorrow seeking inspiration.


Laura said...

I know the feeling...the lack of fresh tomatoes has left me quite uninspired. I had lunch at Mediterranean Tea Room today, and their tomatoes (while not quite garden tomatoes) were very red and rather tasty. I wonder what their source is?

Kris said...

Oh, I am with you. I always get like this after Thanksgiving feasting. For days we eat leftovers, until we're angered by the very thought of turkey.

Fortunately, while I visited Grandma today Dad went out and bought the antidote: fresh cod and broccoli. We had Greek cod with noodles and broccoli with lemon.

Kris said...

Oversalting: I know that I get into this mode once in a while--I wonder what causes it? Probably too much rich food. If we tip back to chiles and lemon juice and fresh produce, we should be able to reduce salt. I'll try to pay attention.