I have moved. My new place is adorable (if I do say so myself), my office is AMAZING, my colleagues are unbelievably friendly and helpful, and I’m slowly but surely starting my life in the place I like to call ‘The Big Rock Candy Mountain”.
Still, there is a sadness. A loneliness. The place doesn’t quite feel like “home”. I’m not sure what place DOES feel like “home” anymore. I’m still finding my groove. I miss Trader Joe’s (closest one is 15-20 miles away!). I miss Whole Foods and Fresh Market. I’m not that crazy about Harris Teeter (*the* only grocery store in town). On the upside, there are some really nice farmers markets. Hit one up the other day. I was like a kid at Christmas. Thank God I have a higher salary now–and I know where I’m gonna spend it.
My kitchen now is still pretty decent. A surprising amount of entertaining/dining space. And I’ve done some funky/cool things to it–I have an open pantry system (in part to FORCE myself to stay organized). But it’s foreign to me. And I’m not talking in the #firstworldproblem “I no longer am cooking with a gas range and top-of-the-line oven”. The kitchen just feels empty. Bland. And honestly, if I can make a complaint…it was built for a midget. Example: I took a standard-sized can of Pam. It will not fit in ANY of the shelves. True story. Same is true for standard-sized bottles of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and Worcestershire and fish sauce.
The point I’m trying to make is that I’ve been in a food “rut”. I’m not inspired to cook in this kitchen. I need to recharge. Need a spark. So, here’s where *I* normally like to go for food ideas. Where do YOU normally go–give me some more sites to visit!!!
- foodporndaily.com. The only porn site I frequent. One picture a day (as the name suggests). Frequently there’s a link to the site/blog from which the photo originates. Lately they’ve been doing a lot of sweet dishes, but there’s a gallery of older photos.
- foodgawker.com. Very similar to the previous site, except there are a LOT of pictures every day. You can also search more easily for foods–vegetarian friendly, pastas, sandwiches, etc. And you can get to the original sites; however, there is a strong international presence here–a lot of sites are NOT in English.
- foodandwine.com. Honestly, I only go here about once a month. Their recipes look pretty good, but you have to have an astronomical food budget to afford the ingredient lists (as a rule). Same is true of just looking at their wines. You will not find two-buck-chuck on the recommended list.
- thugkitchen.com. A cookbook is in the works from this site, so the recipes have been sparse of late. This is not a site for everyone–not because of the recipes, but because of the delivery. Imagine Denis Leary writing a food blog. Overall the food is fairly healthy; also features some fun cocktails (mostly with herbs and/or vegetables).
- delicioustapas.blogspot.com. Just as the name suggests, this is nothing but small plates. Like yours truly, they do not exactly measure anything. Some of the dishes are a LITTLE pricey, but nobody’s perfect. The thing I really like about this site is that there are very few ingredients involved in any one dish. Less is more when you have high-quality food.