02 May 2020

Weekend Cooking: Current and Future Thoughts

Okay so tell me how it can be May already??? This year has been both incredibly draggy (let me out of the house!) and also moving along so quickly. I swear it was January just the other day. Am I right?

Today's Weekend Cooking is shaping up to be a rambling list of food-related things that I feel like talking about. I have some news, some things for you to check out, some thoughts on cookbooks, and some sneak peeks on what's coming up later this month and into the summer. Let's get started!

1. Joy Bauer's Super Food! If you missed last week's cookbook review, I encourage you to go back and read my thoughts about my new favorite cookbook. I can't stop cooking and baking from Super Food. This past week I made Moroccan chicken and a farro-broccoli risotto, and last weekend I made Mexican meatballs and baked rosemary-olive bread. Here's what I love: Bauer's recipes are full of flavor and the ingredients are easy to find, even during the current COVID-19 shortages. I have so, so many recipes left to try.

2. Magnolia Table, Vol. 2 by Joanna Gaines (William Morrow, April 7). This is a cookbook I'll be exploring more thoroughly over the summer and plan to give you a full review. Currently, I have a number of baked goods marked for this month, including cinnamon swirl bread and bacon-infused biscuits. Other dishes are going to have to wait until the groceries are stocked again and the farmer's markets are given the go-ahead to reopen. Some recipes, however, I can tweak right now, like the French Lentil Soup, which I made this past week, without the ham and subbing dried thyme for the fresh. I love the full-page photos of each dish, the balance of spices, and the general ease of most of the recipes. I want to make the bulgur salad  (with chickpeas and cucumber) for our lunches next week; I'll let you know how it turned out. More on this cookbook in the coming weeks.

3. Dinner at Home from Bluprint I encourage you all to take advantage of the free cooking videos currently available from a collaboration among Bluprint, NBCUniversal, and OpenTable. Dinner at Home is a series of short videos in which a number of well-respected and award-winning restaurant chefs provide step-by-step tutorials for how you can make their signature dishes in your own kitchens, even during quarantine. The videos are available free only through May 10, so don't hesitate. Meanwhile, you'll also "learn what you can do to help support the local restaurants you love; by buying a gift card, ordering takeout or delivery, or making a donation to a restaurant relief fund such as the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Relief Fund." Check out the trailer and be sure to watch some of the free videos:


4. Upcoming Posts Despite the shelter in place orders, I do have a few good foodie posts in the works. Here's a hint at what I have planned. I just received a fruit-based cookbook for review (I love fruit desserts) and am anticipating several more Abrams cookbooks this season (just as soon as the warehouse opens up for shipping). I can't wait to share them all with you. I put a food-related PBS show on my list, which I'll write about once it airs, and I've finally started watching Chef's Table (I'll share my thoughts down the road). I'm thinking of incorporating some of my family's recipes into future Weekend Cooking posts as well. And, of course, I have plenty of other ideas too.

5. Future of Weekend Cooking If my stats are correct, this is the 541st Weekend Cooking post I've written since I started this link-up more than 10 years ago. I can't tell you how much I have loved hosting this party over the years and how many friends I've made. Although I still plan on sharing my recipes and cookbook reviews on a regular basis (as I said, I still have ideas!), I think it's time to pass the torch of hosting on to someone else. I won't stop the link-up cold turkey, though, and I hope one of you will be willing to take over as host. Please let me know via email (BFish[dot]Reads[at]gmail.com) if you would like to be the next Weekend Cooking queen or king. I absolutely plan on participating and reading all your posts, but I need to let someone else be responsible on a weekly basis, so I can take a Saturday off once in a while.
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Weekend Cooking hosted by www.BethFishReads.comWeekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

NOTE: Mr. Linky sometimes is mean and will give you an error message. He's usually wrong and your link went through just fine the first time. Grrrr.
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16 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks 5/2/20, 6:11 AM  

I'm all in for the cinnamon swirl bread! The smell of cinnamon bakingg is just so fantastic - makes me want to get out the butter in anticipation! :--)

Marg 5/2/20, 6:32 AM  

It's funny, I start my post this week mentioning that I have been participating for 10 years and acknowledging your hosting.

I am sorry that you are not going to be hosting anymore but I will be participating regardless.

Mae Travels 5/2/20, 6:39 AM  

A fruit-based cookbook sounds really neat: the only downside is that for me fresh fruit is one of the hardest items to keep on hand when ordering for curbside pick-up. Not seeing the choices available in the market seems to keep me from coming up with good ideas (maybe also that April is a non-fruit season here). So we have apples. I even bought some canned fruit, but haven't used it yet. Maybe I need a cookbook -- I am looking forward to your review.

I hope you find a good successor for Weekend Cooking: it's definitely a valuable sharing place.

be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

judee 5/2/20, 7:55 AM  

Beth,
It is great that you are finding so many wonderful recipes in one cookbook; I find that rare. Usually, if I find 2 or 3 good recipes in a cookbook, I consider it a good find. In regard to Weekend Cooking, I hope someone picks it up. It has been a wonderful place to share, and I've been introduced to many interesting blogs and bloggers (including you). Thank you for hosting it for so many years.

Jackie McGuinness 5/2/20, 8:11 AM  

Love fruit based desserts as well, luckily the shop where we buy our fruits and vegetables is well stocked, as we don't know when our local farmers' market with be allowed to open.
I've been doing a lot of baking. Anything cinnamon sounds good.

I will be sure to watch the Dinner At Home series.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 5/2/20, 8:12 AM  

Wow. Ten years of hosting Weekend Cooking. Thank you so much for creating this meme and for continuing to host it each week. I have learned an incredible amount by reading your post and the posts of others linked here.

I will look for your new favorite cookbook. I'm glad you are able to use a cookbook that offers good recipes with easy-to-find recipes during this difficult time.

Claudia 5/2/20, 11:11 AM  

I will be looking out for that cookbook as well. Thanks so much for all your hosting, you've done a terrific job, and we will all miss you!

Les in Oregon 5/2/20, 11:38 AM  

Kudos for ten years of hosting Weekend Cooking! My contribution has been spotty over the years, but I enjoy reading everyone's posts and have found some wonderful recipes. I'm looking forward to reading about the cinnamon swirl bread and bacon-infused biscuits. Those sound like two winning recipes that my husband would love! Here's hoping May is filled with a little more joy and a little less worry than the past few months.

Claudia 5/2/20, 12:24 PM  

I'm sorry Beth, I entered the first one without the correct link. Can you eliminate it? Thanks

Beth F 5/2/20, 12:25 PM  

@Claudia: done!

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! 5/2/20, 2:13 PM  

This has been and continues to be my favorite place to visit and link up. I have enjoyed each visit I have been able to make between my own job (now retired) a year of travel as an NPS volunteer, and relocation to Montana to live and revamp my own blogging. I hope someone steps forward to continue! Have a great week ahead and thank you so much for the 10 years!

Vicki 5/2/20, 3:03 PM  

I love Joanna's cookbooks.

I can understand why you'd want to pass the torch of hosting to someone else. I usually only last 3-4 years so I applaud you for hosting WC for 10 years! Hopefully someone will want to take it over!

Carole 5/2/20, 6:05 PM  

I used to do Food on Friday every Friday but moved to once a month - facing the same challenges - would that be an option for you? Cheers

Tina 5/2/20, 7:00 PM  

The cookbooks look great and I'd love to browse some. Can't wait for the libraries to open up again.

I completely understand your need for some Saturday time to yourself. Hosting is a big commitment. Hope someone is interested in taking over.

Laurie C 5/3/20, 1:25 PM  

Wow! I looked at my blog stats and only have 581 published posts total over not quite as long as your blog's been going, but close! Out of those, though, 98 were Weekend Cooking posts, so it has definitely been a big favorite of mine, too, along with all the other commenters. It's an amazing commitment and a huge accomplishment that you've so consistently posted such carefully crafted food-related posts every week and provided this gathering spot for the blogging community! I'm just clawing my way back into blogging semi-regularly, so I wouldn't be a good candidate for the hosting job.
Thank you for all your great recommendations, today and always!

Stacie 5/3/20, 4:26 PM  

I have seen so many people posting about the Magnolia cookbook, that I think I need to try to get both of them. I missed the first one and never got around to buying it. It is frustrating right now...that we have time to cook and try new recipes, but we can't find the right ingredients or don't want to be making trips to the store for just an item or two. I'm hoping this summer will get back to somewhat normal!

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