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::inspiration:: love

I’m back from my break!  It has been a great week, and one where I actually managed to (for the most part) unplug.  It was an incredibly refreshing feeling.  We got to visit great people, spend some time outside in what has turned into a beautiful Spring, take a mini-roadtrip and explore new places, and of course eat some AWESOME food. 

I will have plenty of posts coming up to talk about the trip and some of the food (and some new recipes I will of course have to try immediately), but in the meantime, I had wanted to wrap up the week+ of birthday inspired meals that were posted.  There was no particular theme involved except for that they were tried and true PTB pleasers, or a new exploration of an old favorite.  It resulted in a week in the kitchen inspired by one main thing…. LOVE.

They (who are “they?”) say a way to a man’s heart is his stomach….I think this applies to women too though right?  I mean, most of our dating time was spent going out to restaurants or ordering food in.  My stomach was clearly involved too.  I won’t deny that I barely cooked until we were married.  Those shiny pots and pans from my registry were irresistible.  Having the variety of shapes and sizes and styles made following recipes easier for me, and using our wedding gifts made it more fun.  But really, it all came down to the praise after every meal.  Hopefully, he won’t admit to our kids someday that he has always hated my cooking but didn’t have the heart to tell me.  I was sure this was going to happen until I finally made something that he asked me to never make again.  Despite this, I still wonder.  Really could it all be that good?  He is a great husband  🙂

Ahhh.  Enough of that for now.  So yes, I cook for love.  It just isn’t as fun to cook for one.  It is what inspired me to start, and sitting down for a meal together, just the two of us, or with friends, something home-cooked just makes the experience that much better.  What gets you in the kitchen?

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