Secretly, I wish I was the kind of person who writes recipes.
Instead, I am the kind of person who’s really good at cooking recipes other people write. Unfortunately, I have never possessed that certain je ne sais quoi it takes to be able to concoct and write recipes that ultimately result in the creation of beautiful dishes crafted from seemingly unrelated ingredients.
It’s just one of those things you have or you don’t.
I have the ability to throw together a junk salad with all the remnants left from the produce drawer…
farmer’s market cherry tomatoes
pumpkin + sunflower seeds
drizzle honey French dressing
…and drink beer.
But I consider neither of those “recipes.”
However, I can magically stack two pans and a flour canister to form a faux panini press since Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian (or I) do not own one…
I may not be able to whip up recipes like the best of ’em, but – damn it! – I can make a MacGyver-style panini press when need be! Because when you have a stellar recipe like Cuban Sandwiches, courtesy of my main Food Network man Alton Brown, what you really need is a good panini press.
What’s the point in creating yet another Cuban sandwich when the recipe has already been perfected by the food scientist of my dreams anyways?
Layers of yellow mustard, ham, roasted pork, provolone cheese + pickles on a pressed French roll…no need for change. Only a need to devour. Preferably with beer. Just sayin’.
Corn on the cob.
For the love and financial prosperity of Iowa’s farmers, please don’t change that recipe.
Just grill it in the husk, roll it in buttah and sprinkle with salt…
One thing I wish I could perfect? THE PANCAKE.
I’ve tried everything from Whole Wheat Yogurt Pancakes to Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes to On-the-Fly Protein Pancakes to Oaty Cakes, and although each has been delicious in its own way, I have yet to find my personal perfect pancake.
Last week, Mama E clipped this version out from Health Magazine…
…and“gently suggested” I make them this morning.
No changes allowed.
Demanding, demanding, I tell you!
Minus the maple yogurt and with the addition of strawberries, these were delicious.
Most likely because I followed the recipe.
I really wish I could create recipes like Lemon Pepper Chicken with Artichoke Salsa and have them turn out this beautifully and this deliciously.
But alas, I chalk this gorgeous mix of organic baby spinach, sauteed asparagus, grilled lemon pepper chicken, artichoke salsa and feta cheese to another’s genius.
It was fresh, flavorful and light.
In other words, the perfect antidote to these…
No words. I can’t even describe how perfectly chocolatey and hazelnutty these are. As hard as it is to believe, they aren’t overly sweet either.
Let’s just say 1/4 of the pan is gone, and I am the only one in the kitchen…
Sometimes as a food blogger, I feel I should be continually making up my own unique, innovative recipes.
Instead, I am just going stick with what I know.
I know eating, and I know writing.
That’s not to say I will never feature more Healthy Everythingtarian recipes again. Every once in awhile, even a squirrel like me finds a nut in the form of a delicious, original recipe.
Until then, enjoy these: the best recipes you’re not making.
They’re not mine.
And I am totally okay with that.
I’m giving y’all one more day left to enter my Kroeger Herbs giveaway – hop to it peeps!