Guys, if there is one really, truly positive thing that our move has done, it is this: it has given me some serious kitchen mojo. I have always liked to cook and bake, but I tend to be somewhat mercurial about cooking, and in the past I let that "I don't want to cook" attitude take us right to the loving embrace of Chipotle. But not anymore.
I will say, having a shiny new kitchen with pretty appliances probably helps a little. It is TINY, but has decent storage, and almost enough counter space.
That picture is from moving day. Like I said, it's tiny, but surprisingly functional. So far in my tiny kitchen, I have made many things. Things like:
Spaghetti Squash with homemade tomato sauce (our first home-cooked meal in our new home!)
Fresh artisan bread (no kneading required!)
Pesto BLT with roasted broccoli (on homemade bread)
Grilled apple and cheese sandwich on homemade bread (are you noticing a theme here?) with extra apple slices for good measure
Homemade pita bread for gyros and pita pizzas
Whole wheat bread I made yesterday to go with creamy chicken and rice soup.
Oh my goodness, the bread I have made lately! I always used to think Ammon didn't like bread, but it's far more complicated than that. Ammon LOVES bread, but only when it is baked fresh. He doesn't do store bought, or 2nd day bread, he's all about bread I bake, or bread that is totally fresh from a bakery. And now that I have discovered how easy and cheap it is to bake my own bread from scratch, we are eating more bread than I have in an awfully long time. It's certainly a far cry from the low carb, high fat diets I have tried in the past, and I'm totally okay with it. We're following a meal plan that's goal is to feed families real unprocessed foods, while still being budget friendly. It is working for us. The food is that throw-back food to the stuff I imagine that my grandparents and great-grandparents would eat with little complaint. We're eating a lot less meat, and this one-time vegan really likes that. All around, it's been a big win for us.
My love of baking is starting to transcend to a whole new level. I remember this happened when I discovered the world of vegan cupcakes and cakes. I could not get enough of making desserts. This time, I literally can not get enough of making bread. I have a pan of homemade cornbread drying out as we speak for cornbread dressing, which I'm going to stuff into acorn squash for dinner. And if this is a sickness, I desperately hope there is no cure. I'll take all of the homemade breads and goodies, please. Ammon just needs to keep paying for my gym membership =).