The problem with being a mother and trying to write a blog at the same time is that mom life too often gets in the way of blog life. Between making lunches, “helping” with homework, and schlepping the little darlings from one after-school activity to another, not much time is left to sit/write/breathe/insert anything that is just for me, *here*. However, my 2017 “intention” (because we are supposed to say “intention” now instead of “resolution”, lest we “fail” and feel “bad”) is to spend more time on me. And more time on me means more time doing what I love: running, writing, and cooking. Not necessarily in that order.
I recently acquired a copy of the cookbook “Run Fast. Eat Slow” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I am so used to athlete-focused cookbooks being filled with protein powders and other strange items that I refuse to buy, let alone feed to my kids, that this was a welcome change. From the “Superhero Muffins” packed full of carrots and zucchini (and in my case, chocolate chips), to the amazing bison meatball recipe, there’s something for everyone, runners and non-runners alike.
I am similarly obsessed with Mark Bittman’s latest tome, “How to Bake Everything“. I have always been a big Bittman fan, and this book does not disappoint. By far, the best feature of HTBE are the notes beneath almost every recipe containing customization tips. Want to make the recipe vegan? gluten free? vegetarian? You can do that. Out of apples and need to use pears, instead? You can do that too.
And finally, I am beyond excited to treat myself to a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s delectable new book, Dorie’s Cookies. Thrifty me considered taking pictures of the recipes I wanted to make when I was perusing this in my local bookstore, but there were so many I didn’t have space on my phone! Stay tuned.