March 22nd, 2020

It’s The Discovery

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, I loved to cook. But when my children were little, cooking was more for sustenance and felt like a chore. I lost interest. Ironically, both girls are now foodies.

Today, with the grocery stores stripped of my go-to products, I’ve been forced to buy what’s there — and by doing so, I’ve fallen in love with cooking again. It’s the discovery. Like going to TJ Maxx for a dog bed and coming out with a Celine coat; going to Whole Foods is a similar experience. I bought tahini, never on my list, and scored the most delicious quinoa and flax bread because it was the sole loaf left.

Deliciously Ella‘s Insta feed has the most ingenious recipes for all the sweet potatoes, beans, and pasta packed into my cupboards. Ella loves Tahini, which is why I now have a tin on my shelf.


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  • I know what you are saying Preston & I agree..back to a simpler time. This week I’ve made my moms Mac & Cheese recipe and saved Gwyneth’s veggie chili after she posted it simmering stove top.
    Banana bread, Puttenesca sauce all on my list. I think this new found joy of cooking will stick, but hopefully not my banana loaf 😉

    SusanMarch 22nd, 2020  9:41 AM

  • Same! I am enjoying in a creative way, the limited things available and have been making up recipes with what’s on the shelves. Soups, stews, etc. It feels in many ways like creating a painting.

    KathyMarch 22nd, 2020  9:52 AM

  • Wow! Love Deliciously Ella! Thank you! What Harissa did you use for this recipe?

    LisaMarch 22nd, 2020  10:10 AM

  • I made for the markets in the burbs to ensure that neither my teenage son nor my 2nd grader will die of a gourmet meal overdose (insert eyeroll). But I’ve pulled down the silver spoon and my I know how to cook tomes to get creative again! There’s some really great foodies on IG who are also great resources of inspiration. Cheers to some lucky pots!

    MelissaMarch 22nd, 2020  10:13 AM

  • Once I can find all the ingredients, I’m going to make this harissa from Bon Appetit.

    PrestonMarch 22nd, 2020  10:14 AM

  • Preston,
    You once found a Celine coat at t j max?? Wow! Just wanted to thank you. I’ve been using a bit of my free time to stuff my purses, one of your suggestions from a little while back!
    It is good to get back to basics and things we love doing ! ( I’m having a ball organizing my closet) Enjoying your posts. Please keep them coming. I don’t like cooking as much as you do,but I sure like to see what you are making!

    Paula BMarch 22nd, 2020  10:28 AM

  • Jennifer Alfano, editor of The Flair Index, is doing a fantastic Instagram series on closet editing, and honing personal style.

    PrestonMarch 22nd, 2020  10:44 AM

  • Great idea. To share, I’ve put in orders for next week to buy from small local organic sources to get food. The smaller stores which are more expensive in my area have plenty of food and are not over crowded or enforcing a limited number of people in the store. I went to get gas this morning and the line to get in Sams Club was 1/2 mile long. It was depressing to see this. Your move was timely. You can grow your own food since I am sure the local farmers markets will not be operable unless you are a CSA member. I plan on growing mine too on my deck.

    TracyMarch 22nd, 2020  11:43 AM

  • I recently found a Loro Piana cashmere coat in my size at TJMaxx but the sleeves and shoulders were not a good fit for me. I’m amazed that you found a Celine coat there.

    SLFMarch 22nd, 2020  12:49 PM

  • @preston Oh I loved Jennifer Alfano back I n her Harper’s (or was it Vogue?) days!

    DisneyrollergirlMarch 22nd, 2020  2:20 PM

  • These dishes look so yummy!

    Mariya |

    Mariya ZafirovaMarch 22nd, 2020  2:42 PM

  • Preston,
    This is totally off subject…the Crab Apple trees just popped open here in the San Francisco Bay area!!! Spring is still springing in spite of the Virus! Love, Pamela Taft

    Pamela TaftMarch 22nd, 2020  3:12 PM

  • Preston
    Thanks. I’ll check out the flair! It’s a good time to feel productive!

    Paula BMarch 22nd, 2020  6:10 PM

  • It’s the meal planning that’s drudgery for me. Maybe it’s because I’m a teacher and have to plan all the time. Like you, my daughter is a serious foody. She loves to cook and is wonderful at it. What impresses me the most is she can look n the fridge and then throw something together.

    RobynMarch 23rd, 2020  5:59 AM

  • I have been cooking too…and once or twice a week we are ordering from our favorite local restaurants to support them. Thank you for the Deliciously Ella recommendation! I see a lot of recipes to try.

    SharonMarch 23rd, 2020  8:51 AM

  • And if you feel like a spoon of something sweet, mix a spoon of tahini with a spoon of honey, add a pinch of powdered vanilla and you will get 2 spoons of fantastic halva:)
    Love tahini, we use a lot of tahini at home, if it’s a good quality, tastes heavenly…so many ways to use it in the kitchen.

    IsabelMarch 23rd, 2020  10:28 AM

  • Vegspiration feed on Instagram has a lot of great vegan recipes with the recipes right on the post. I also love Once Upon A Chef blog for general recipes. Never a bad one.

    AprilMarch 23rd, 2020  11:50 AM


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