When I am planning meals for the week (okay, sometimes it’s for the day!), I try to keep in mind seasonal recipes. One reason I do this is because the food flat out tastes better if it is in season, and seasonal foods usually are kinder to my bank account.
Each season I check winter produce guides, such as this guide I found from Food Network’s website. Glancing at this and other sources, I know some items I should focus on are winter greens, potatoes, and citrus. Oftentimes you will find blogs, such as Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks, do the same thing in terms of categorizing recipes by season. In fact I found a favorite recipe, Garlicky Greens Recipe, by conducting a recipe search by searching for kale. It is easy and you will more than likely already have these (except for kale, unless you’re as obsessed as I am with this incredible green) ingredients in your fridge and pantry.
Give these books a try that are available here at the library:
The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food by Knauer, Ian
- Cooking Season by Season: 1000 Recipes to Cook Throughout the Year by Dorling Kindersley, Inc. (COR)
- Tyler Florence Fresh by Tyler Florence
- Dare to cook seasonal Italian cuisine. Winter [DVD videorecording]
- The Women’s Day Everyday Cookbook: 365 Tatsy Recipes and Monthly Menus for the Whole Year
- Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven
What cookbooks are you cooking from and loving? Let me know in the comments below!