Monday, April 23, 2012

my secret weapon

is not so secret. In fact, it's a down right massive enterprise. It's Martha Stewart.

You've probably gathered by this point that I like to cook and bake. I usually jump at opportunities to do so -book group meetings, baby showers, holiday dinners, whatever.

In true confession, I love cooking for an event, but I {sometimes} dread making dinner for my family. 

I just don't like to cook and bake the same thing all the time.  I like to make something new. I'm also guilty of using new recipes for said events, without trying them out first. (I know, I know . . .it's such a no-no.) It's hurt me a couple of times, but nothing a quick run to the market can't remedy, and clearly not enough times to make me change.

That being said, I require a constant source of new recipes, meal plans, and presentation ideas. Enter good ole Martha.

I know that not everyone likes her. But, she has a small army working for her. And with the exception of true ethnic foods, there's not much you can't food on her site. Her recipes always look like the photo. (Which is usually why I'm making it in the first place.) They taste good. And the recipes call for fresh seasonal ingredients.

Here are some of my spring-leading-into-summer favorites . . which all coordinate nicely if you want an instant, easy-and-quick-to-make menu plan. . .

Herb Salad with Feta


Asparagus and Potato Flat bread


Raw Corn and Zucchini Salad


Lemon Bars

What's your go to recipe site?
Or your favorite spring recipes?

8 comments:

  1. Those all look good! I have to admit, I use a lot of Martha's recipes too. I also use guests as guinea pigs for new recipes! (It scares my Mother-In -Law every time we have a family gathering and I make something new! But she always likes it in the end.)

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  2. Ok, now I'm hungry. Those lemon bars look amazing. Kudos to Martha for giving us a gazillion great recipes and decorating and entertaining ideas. And yes, I'm guilty of trying new recipes on my friends. They don't seem to mind, usually!

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  3. Mmmm I love Feta cheese - my mouth is watering now!

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  4. I totally relate to loving to cook for parties and holidays, and events, but dreading cooking for my family! For one thing my little ones are way more picky than my friends!

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