There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. During lockdown, I found that preparing an elaborate dinner for friends and family is not only fun but also very therapeutic. (Turns out I'm not alone, The Wall Street Journal reports that therapists are now using cooking courses as an actual strategy to treat depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders in their patients.)
Now with restaurants back open I am trying to make an effort to continue on my home chef journey. We’ve rounded up some recipes that are on our to-make list. So pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on a good podcast, and get cookin’!
I made these fish tacos for friends last weekend, and let me tell you; they were a huge hit. Serve with a spicy margarita and a big bowl of guacamole, and you’re in for a fun night at home.
Sometimes you just want a big bowl of pasta. This one had a MOMENT at the beginning of quarantine, and it lives up to the hype. If you haven’t tried Alison Roman’s caramelized shallot pasta yet, run, don’t walk. These unstuffed spicy tomato basil shells also look dangerously delicious….
On a lighter note: I’ve been loving halloumi this summer. One of my favorite dishes at Jack's Wife Freda (go-to brunch spot in NYC) is this halloumi with grapes side dish. Super easy to recreate at home. No passport needed ;)
I hope these ideas get you out of a home-cooking rut or give you some ideas on making things you maybe haven’t made before. I would love to hear what’s cooking in your kitchen. What are some of your latest favorite recipes?