It’s that time of the week to discuss what we’ve been eating. When I sat down to start writing, I realized that everything we ate came from our favorite cookbook – One Pan, Two Plates by Carla Snyder.
We were introduced to this cookbook at Christmas when at my brother-in-law’s house. He and his wife loved it and we tried a few recipes from there, then Christmas rolled around and opened our gift – they had gotten us the book. I’ve been raving about it to friends and family ever since.
What we love about this cookbook is that the recipes are simple and delicious. It is also very easy to double recipes if we have more people coming over or want leftovers, but for just the two of use, the portions are perfect. They are also pretty fast to make (a plus for cooking after work, or when hungry). It also calls for fresh ingredients, which adds time to meal prep since you’ve got a lot to chop, but once you start cooking, it’s simple. It also doesn’t require thinking about side dishes on top of the main course, it’s a complete meal. If you think you need a bit more food each recipe has a suggested side dish (typically a salad or bread). Moreover, everything we’ve ever cooked from this book is delicious. My one complaint is that there is one meal that we desperately want to make but I can’t find the right cut of lamb anywhere. I am on the hunt, as soon as I find it we are making it. (I should add that this complaint is aimed more at every store I go to for not carrying more lamb options than the book.)
Anyway, I digress. This week from the book we cooked:
- Herbed Chicken Paillards with Zucchini Pancakes and Cherry Tomato Sauce
- Crispy Sage Pork Cutlets with Couscous, Peas, Figs, and Pistachios
- Pasta Carbonara
The chicken and pork were new recipes to us and were just awesome (there is a photo of the chicken on my Instagram). The pasta we’ve had before and James says “it’s one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.” I hope he’s okay with not eating it again for awhile…
What’s your favorite cookbook?