Y'all know I enjoy cooking. It never used to be one of my favorite things to do, but the older I got/ get (and the second I moved out on my own), I learned I need to have some basic skills in order for myself and my waistline to survive adulthood.
Nowadays, some of my favorite things to read are cookbooks! Then, on Sunday mornings, I'll pour myself a cup of coffee, grab my favorite cookbooks and hop back in bed to read them and look for recipes for the week.
I've shared with readers recipes for (almost) 2 years now out of my cookbooks, but I figured now was a great time to list them here so that you can enjoy them now, too!
When I lived alone in my first apartment I broke down and decided I wanted to start slow-cooking. My mom gifted me my Cuisinart slow cooker and this cookbook for Christmas. Let me tell y'all- it's the gift that keeps on giving! I have made nearly half of the recipes in the book and not one of them has been bad. If you're going to buy anything I've ever recommended on this blog, let it be this cookbook.
Obviously, there's a theme with our cookbooks. We got a lot of them as wedding gifts, and I'm certainly not complaining. The recipes are designed to be made with a partner, however, you can easily do them alone, too. It's just always more fun when you have a cooking buddy.
One of J's and my all-time favorite recipes we've made together came out of this book: Osso Bucco with Risotto Milanese.
Again, another theme here: all the cookbooks I've mentioned, including this one are Williams-Sonoma cookbooks. This company certainly knows how to make food & compile some amazing books filled with tips, tricks and stories. The pictures are appealing and the recipes are superb.
A great recipe to try here is the Paella!
4. Cooking Magazines- "Food Network" & "Cooking Light"
Not really cookbooks in the true sense of the form, but these magazines sure do provide some amazing recipes! I've been subscribed to both for a little over a year, and a lot of the recipes you see on my blog come from these magazines. I love that each edition is themed and provides options for main dishes, quick and easy weekday meals, and snacks!
One of my favorite recipe from "Cooking Light" comes from their Special Edition Italian magazine: Chicken and Butternut Gnocchi!
From "Food Network Magazine": Baked Spinach Ravioli.
I'm always on the lookout for new ones and am so excited to receive them as gifts. This Christmas, my mom got me "The Italian Slow Cooker" & "The French Slow Cooker" cookbooks that we've been enjoying immensely so far! Can't wait to share with you the recipes we make from those two. They are quickly becoming some of my favorites! Happy cooking :).