I haven’t blogged for a while. I’d like to say it’s because I finally found a job two months ago that has been keeping me very busy, and that it’s been hard to find a routine again. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been cooking meals to freeze, for people who are even busier than I am. I’d like to say it’s because I had a trip to Seattle to prepare for. But when it came down to it, I finally realized it was just because I was feeling completely uninspired. I was totally bored by looking at the same things at the grocery store and was really just going through the motions, and cooking the old standbys. I finally shook myself out of my culinary funk by going through the past few issues of Bon Appetit. Why had I not thought of this earlier? I impatiently await the arrival of the new issue each month and then devour the issue in one sitting while dog-earing more pages than not. Why have I not made anything from those dog-eared pages?? I found a few recipes that really caught my attention that used ingredients that I don’t often cook with, and that fact appealed to me in a BIG way. First up are these shrimp and sausage skewers brushed with a smoked paprika glaze. I have never cooked with smoke paprika. Mostly because it seemed like a silly expense for just a teaspoon here and there; it’s also hard to find sometimes. This time around, it was essential for me to try something new and do this the right way. It paid off in a BIG way (seeing a theme here?). After using, and more importantly, eating smoked paprika, I can’t help feeling I have wasted so much time not cooking with it. I missed out on so many yummy opportunities! Shame on me. It is SO delicious I cannot even express how it totally elevated such a simple dish. I mean essentially, this is a kebab, you know? It’s pretty simple to make so it’s perfect for a weeknight meal, and it’s great for a weekend bbq with friends. I highly suggest you make this right away. Now, would probably be the best time.
Oh yeah, the dog was really into them too