cooking through a cookbook

I can’t tell you the last time I actually cooked out of a cookbook.  Like, went beyond the pictures and bothered to fully read the recipe and try to recreate a very similar dish.  This is less about my not enjoying cookbooks but more due to my love of coming up with original creations.  For better or worse, I never make the same dish twice because I’m always creating and re-creating.

WELL, a few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine gifted me with a cookbook that has me O B S E S S E D.  The book is called, It’s All Good, and regardless of how you feel about Gwyneth Paltrow (I guess some people love/hate her?), this is so worth picking up and flipping through cover to cover.

Here are a few dishes I’ve tried so far, doing my best to stick closely to the recipe but of course… adding my own touches here and there.

ROASTED EGGPLANT WITH TAHINI DRESSING, DATE MOLASSES, + MINT

Just when I thought I had exhausted my eggplant experimentation, here comes a recipe that is easily my new favorite eggplant recipe.  The combination of tahini, molasses, a little sweet, with eggplant is divine.

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MANGO + AVOCADO SALAD WITH BALSAMIC-LIME VINAIGRETTE

I know this sounds so simple, and it is, but for me it was a reminder to do just that – keep things simple.  I couldn’t resists adding some farmers market tomatoes.. and shishito peppers sautéed with coconut shreds and garlic.  But that’s it!  Quick, easy, done.

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ARUGULA SALAD WITH ROASTED BEETS, SQUASH + SHALLOTS WITH APPLE CIDER VINAIGRETTE

You know those late summer days when mornings and evenings are cool but afternoons are sunny and warm?  This is the dish to make on those days.

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FLOURLESS ANYTHING CRUMBLE

A gluten free, vegan dessert recipe that is easy and not filled with artificial anything?  Yes, please.

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QUINOA GRANOLA WITH OLIVE OIL + MAPLE SYRUP

I have been saying for YEARS that I would finally start to perfect my own granola recipe.  I am converted at last and have found a base that I can play around with.  Stay tuned!

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