The Hopeful Cook

Part 2

By: Kristina Heaton

I’m all about transparency and I always try to be my most authentic self. I’m a hot mess on a good day, but I try. I love my family and do the best I can to help them all be better people too. One day at a time. One thing that I’m very thankful for is the grace that we award one another. We are all constantly going in different directions, but we have one another’s back. Always. I appreciate that the older kids have consistently adapted to their mother being a little flighty, and I’m sure the three year old will figure it out eventually! All of that being said – I’m also thankful for you, my reader, as I figure out this blog stuff. I will get better at this as I go, I assure you.

All of that being said – this was a tough week. Not only have I been working hard on the calendar of events at the shop for October and November, putting together the newsletter, and working on my cooking project, but the littlest of us had to have a small surgery. A surgery we knew was coming, but was not the easiest to navigate, nonetheless. She is doing just fine and I’m so thankful for the doctors and nurses that treated her this week.

So, hopefully you know by now what my cooking project is and that you are joining me as I hone my skills in the kitchen. And boy do they need some help! This week I dove into Cravings by Chrissy Teigen. When I decided to take on this project, mostly due to another birthday passing by, I felt like this book was a really good option because it is full of tasty recipes that seem quite accessible to the emerging chef. I was right! Due to time constraints and overall busyness, I just didn’t do as much as I really wanted to do in the kitchen, unfortunately. This is where a little bit of that grace comes in that I mentioned earlier. I’m also learning that sometimes I need to give myself a break and not be so hard on myself. I need to adjust. We’ll just add that to my list of self-improvement goals for this year!

I started off small, with the Super Tuna Melt. I’ve never made, or even eaten one, but I like a good tuna sandwich, so just add cheese and grill it. This is my kind of recipe! It took absolutely no time at all and it was really tasty. The three year old wasn’t a huge fan, but she is in the phase of life where she is basically surviving on french fries (and ketchup is a vegetable, right?).

The other two recipes we worked on were equally as tasty. They took a little longer, but not too difficult to make after a long day at work. The first was Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. Talk about flavor. My stretch recipe was the Sweet Potato Gnocchi. I thought this would be challenging, and it was. It didn’t look pretty, but it was tasty and I would try it again when I had some more time to devote to it.

This is a book that I will keep in my arsenal of great books in the future. Chrissy Teigen’s follow up cookbook hit the shelves last week and we have copies in the bookshop. I’m excited to try some of these recipes too!

Stay tuned in to the blog next week to check out what fun I had in the kitchen this week!