From what I read on other blogs, I feel as though I’m not alone in my lack of culinary inspiration this time of year. The weeks between the last of winter and not-quite spring are long and arduous, snowing one day with windows open the next (and tornadoes, if you’re in the Midwest). Farmer’s markets are one step away from knocking on my door with their fresh greens and sweet scent of strawberries, but sweet potatoes still reign supreme in the pantry.
We’re so close.
In the meantime, I just haven’t felt the same old drive to make yet another dish with grains, kale, and squash. I’ve made my fair share and I think I’m simply tired of winter’s bounty and ready for something…fresh.
Though the kitchen feels stale, I’ve managed to find freshness in other ways.
Freshness in new family members.
Meet my new nieces, identical twins Jayne (in pink) and Kaylee (in blue), born March 29, 2014.
Freshness in therapy clients that always keep me on my toes.
Freshness in upcoming travel. Trips to Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Kansas City round out our summer. Small weekends here and there filled with live music, new breweries, baseball games, and cherished friends will do for 2014.
Freshness in purging too many things from our home.
Freshness in a new writing adventure. I’ve started a regular gig with Feast Magazine as an editorial assistant, which allows me to do more writing and photography and actually hone my journalistic tendencies that have gone untouched since receiving my undergraduate degree in the subject. Below is a sampling of articles I’ve penned this past month, in the time I usually spend chatting with you in this space.
First Look: Three Flags Tavern (to be published)
Freshness in (almost) one year of marriage.
As soon as I can romp my way through a farmer’s market, you’ll find new recipes here. Stick around for Spring!