The Internet Kitchen: First Pages
You all maybe forgot this, but I’ve been working on a cookbook for what seems like the better part of my entire existence. The good news is that things are moving super-fast now! Soon you’ll be hearing all about it.
While I was planning on having a nice, relaxing weekend including maybe a hike and some chill cooking, I just got my first page copies for the book which completely tossed my weekend schedule out the window. If you don’t know, first pages are when the publisher send you a PDF of every page in the book and you have to go through and comment on the layout and make sure it’s what you envisioned.
Oh, and you have to do this for an entire book in, like, a week. It’s a quick turnaround, but also very exciting because it’s the first time I get to see my hard work actually laid out on the page!
The over/under on number of pots of coffee I drink this weekend is currently hovering around 5 1/2.
The holidays are rapidly approaching, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s get started with a cleansing, healthy recipe so we can feel okay about gorging later. You pick!
Brined Deep-Fried Turkey Legs – Ok. I know I posted a turkey leg link last week (for those keeping track a.k.a nobody). These just looked too good to not link to. Brined! Fried! I feel like I could serve up a big bowl of these and skip the whole turkey thing. (@ Not Derby Pie)
Hibiscus Cranberry Sauce – I really put way too much weight on cranberry sauce during the holidays. I think it’s one of the most disrespected of sides and so I try to elevate it. I’m always looking for fun recipes that change it up and make it interesting. I’m sure this tastes good, but also the color is astounding. (@ Love and Olive Oil)
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai – It’s still very much squash season and I love the mix of flavors in this dish. I could actually see making this as a quick day-before-Thanksgiving recipe. (@ A Couple Cooks)
The Red Hook – I like to drink wine over the holidays. And cocktails. Lots of cocktails. In fact, I think Betsy and I are going to throw a little holiday cocktail party later in the year which should be fun. I think this guy will be on the menu. (@ Sippity Sup)
This Week’s Meal Plan
This week’s meal plan is designed for beginners. The meals are all simple, but they aren’t light in the flavor department. I could eat the meals in this plan every week (especially the sloppy joes)! You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out the plans (there are now over a dozen total) and see if you like them!
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