Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
Late last week I discovered a wonderful new food challenge to partake in. A great blog, Things My Belly Likes, has started the “Creative Kitchen Challenge”. “Today I’m challenging all the food bloggers, cooks and epicurists out there to cook one thing that scares them every day. Well, every day for a week at least. (cue sound of a gauntlet being thrown down).”
That means that every day this week (Monday 6/11-Sunday 6/17) I will be cooking with an ingredient I’ve never used before. The point of this challenge is to cook outside of your comfort zone (which sometimes means leaving the cooking rut). Now this does not mean cooking with the most exotic and expensive ingredients out there. I made a point of choosing ingredients this week that I can go back to over and over again (some more frequently than others).
In thinking of ingredients, I also found myself thinking of foods that I have cooked with but not in awhile. My inner monologue went something like this:
“Oh, I could do something with mangos, I’ve never cooked with mangos.”
“No, wait. Didn’t you make that mango salsa back in 2005?”
“Oh yeah, that’s right. Nevermind.”
Because of this conversation with myself, I’m thinking of challenging myself to pick up those ingredients that I haven’t used in awhile, dusting them off, and rediscovering their tastiness after I complete the Creative Kitchen Challenge.
Tonight, I’ll be cooking with Mussels for the first time. They were on special at the market and as much as I enjoy them, I’ve never attempted to make them. Stay tuned tomorrow to see what I did with them.