One of my goals this summer is to try at least one new recipe a week. During the school year, because life was so busy, I stuck with my go-to recipes to make sure dinner got on the table quickly and easily. Now I’m getting bored with those recipes and I want to use some of the less-hectic days of summer to incorporate new recipes into the mix. Variety is the spice of life!
Inspired by my cooking goal and by this past month’s “read a cookbook” challenge, I took “Homemade: Irresistible Recipes for Every Occasion” by Clodagh McKenna off my shelf and I’ve been slowly flipping through it and marking recipes to try. It’s definitely a cookbook that reads like a book, with interesting dialogue throughout and beautiful pictures. It contains a wide variety of recipes – as easy as beans on toast to harder recipes like homemade Parmesan gnocchi with creamy Gorgonzola sauce. The author, Clodagh McKenna, lives in Ireland and has written two cookbooks, hosts a television series, as well as runs a cooking school.
The first recipe I decided to try was the Cinnamon French Toast with Honey Vanilla Mascarpone. I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a fancy-ish, homemade breakfast. I don’t want the word fancy to scare you. It was actually very easy to make, but it looked fancy! I topped it with strawberries and a drizzle of honey and served it with a side of bacon. It was delicious! It was a HUGE hit with my entire family.
You can find the recipe online at Clodagh’s blog. It’s on the home page under the Mother’s Day Brunch section. I also found this video tutorial on how to make pancakes – another recipe worth trying! – which put a smile on my face. I think her personality and accent are adorable.
I highly recommend her cookbook to all my “foodie” readers!
Your Turn: What are you cooking lately?