Saturday, September 6, 2008

So Much To Do - So Little Time!

I'm a teacher, and school started 2 weeks ago. To put it bluntly, I feel like I got hit by a truck! Teaching is fun, but it can be such an exhausting job physically and mentally. I slept 12 hours last night. The last time I did that was probably was about a year ago - when school started for the year. :)

As I got into bed (after my nap) last night, I decided to flip through the pages of my brand new Food and Wine that arrived in the mail yesterday. I love Food and Wine.

Well, this month's issue was a real good one.

Each time I go through a food magazine I go through and flag the recipes I want to make. Usually there are maybe three to four recipes that I long to make. But this month was overwhelming with greatness.

I'm in such a pickle! There were eight this month that I just wish I had the time to make - along with the twenty or so that got backlogged throughout the summer.

Some look very do-able, even on my tight schedule. Some aren't.

First, there's a nice, probably not time-consuming scallop recipe from Stephanie Izard, winner of last season's Top Chef. It's on a bed of greens with bacon in it. She shares her secret to browning the scallops. I can't wait to try it!

There's a fritatta recipe that I just know I will make when my department feeds all the teachers for our monthly breakfasts. It's got mustard greens and sweet onions. I just love sweet onions.

The Chicken Tikka looks like something I can accomplish. It's an Indian recipe. They offer easier to find ingredients, but let you know what they are replacing in true Indian cooking. I really haven't done any Indian cooking, and I'd like to expand my horizons in that direction.

Another featured Indian recipe that I'm just dying to try out is the Creamy Indian Spiced Halibut Curry. Wow, that's right up my alley. I'm going to go all out when I make it and use the whole milk and all the cream. Honest!

One of my favorite foods it goat cheese. I did a post on a local producer in my area, so I can practically drive down the road and get it any time. Food and Wine has two fabulous recipes with goat cheese this month. There's delectable-looking little stuffed mushrooms and Creamy Pasta with Tomato Confit and Fresh Goat Cheese. Yum!

There's Sauvignon Blanc-Steamed Mussels, Chicken with White Wine and Creme Fraiche, and a Raisin-Studded Apple Bread Pudding too.

And the one that I most want to make, but the least likely that I will (I'm giving myself a challenge here) is the Apple Tart with Almond Cream. OMG! That looks so wonderful.

Is that just eight recipes? Nope, it's ten. Ugh!


ARLENE said...

Kudos on making FFF. I didn't renew my subscription to F&W this year, though this issue sounds like a good one. I'm a retired school principal, so I know how exhausting that first week back is. The first Friday back I never knew what I wanted more--24 hours of sleep or endless wine!

Foodycat said...

Make the steamed mussels! Yum!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Meryl, thank you for stopping by. How's school going? Are the kids driving you nuts yet? Thanks for stopping by the site and the congrats, it was QUITE a surprise.

recipes2share said...

I am so with you except I don't start back until Monday!! This is such a busy time of year & so many things go undone.

Astra Libris said...

Congratulations on your FFF award! I'm so glad the post led me to your blog... I completely sympathize with the cooking magazine dilemma - my pile of recipe clippings keeps growing! :-)

Michele said...

congratulations on being featured on FFF!!
So much to do -so little time...that is the story of my life!
Hope that things calm down for you soon and try and get some time in for yourself. :-)

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Meryl, I am so sorry about not congratulating you on your FFF Award. I feel so silly. You, my dear friend, very much deserve it. I've been so goofy lately. We had our roof replaced and we just had a huge storm, so guess what? The roof leaked. Aye Dios Mio. Anyway, one day at a time. Felicidades mi amiga. Y perdoname.