I rediscovered cooking in the summer of 2011 after being totally out of the game for years.  Between grad school, work, health problems, and raising two puppies, I was feeling like I never had the time.  Now that I'm working full time and have a little more "me time," I'm trying to take back some control over my schedule and start doing things that I find interesting and make me happy.

I found the easiest way to get back into cooking was to find new and interesting dishes that actually motivated me to go buy the groceries I needed, plan the time to cook, and enjoy tasting new foods!  It's really just a beginner's list, but I hope to see it continue to grow.

Here is a list of new dishes I've tried out since summer 2011:

Entrees, Sides, & Salads:

Brussel Sprouts, Oven Roasted
Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta
Buffalo Chicken Dip
"Favorite" Cucumber Salad
Garbanzo Bean Salad
Guacamole (with and without corn)
Gluten Free Goat Cheese Lasagna
Kale Chips
Leeks, Beets, Zucchini & Eggplant, Oven Roasted
Lentil Salad, Vegan
Minestrone Soup, Vegan
Morning Glory Muffins, Whole Grain
Quinoa Tabouli
Quinoa with Black Beans & Corn
Quinoa with Black Beans & Mango
Quinoa with Garbonzo Beans
Refrigerator Pickles
Rustic White Beans and Mushrooms, Vegan
Split Pea Soup, Vegan
Smoothies/Meals in a Glass
Sweet Potato and Carrot "Fries" (scroll down the page to find this recipe)
Texas Caviar
Vegetables, Marinated
Zucchini, Fried

Homemade breads:
Everything Bread
Honey Walnut
Maple Oatmeal
Whole Wheat

Andes Creme de Menthe Chunk Cookies
Brickle Drop Cookies
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cranberry Cookies