Okay, I know I'm a little obsessive with organizing things. Being organized energizes me on several levels. First and foremost I hate reinventing the wheel. What I mean by that is if I've found a great recipe or put together a fantastic menu, I want to be able to locate that information easily in the future.
I know that it's not always easy to re-create a mood or feeling - and sometimes dinner parties and casual get-togethers take on a personality of their own - duplicating a particular menu or cocktail at another time may create an entirely whole new experience.
Nevertheless, I like to be able to easily find specific menus and recipes - I really hate spending time looking for things like that - the time spent searching always distracts me and I find myself engrossed in looking through new recipes and cookbooks and before I know it an hour or so has gone by!!
This is my "Winter Binder" from Vera Bradley - a little blurry, sorry.
So, several months ago I started putting together a Winter binder of easy entertaining menus along with the recipes. Vera Bradley designs have never been a favorite of mine but I do love her colorful binders. Color motivates me and can also add to the whole feeling of creating and looking at something special.
The idea of creating this binder was the result of wanting to have simple delicious entertaining menus at my fingertips. FHFB and I love to cook, but sometimes we are so exhausted after having a dinner party that I had to begin simplifying things, but still keeping our menus special, delicious and fun. I think that as foodies ourselves we just want to have lots of things to taste and of course, a table full of delicious homemade dishes is always so wonderful to see - we eat first with our eyes
(my eyes should be 10x their size if that's true!)
This week I purchased a second Vera Bradley binder for Spring entertaining!
So far I have two vegetarian menus filed away.
Our son is coming home for a few days at the end of March before heading over to Florence, Italy for the month of April, so I wanted to be ready with some simple but delicious vegetarian meals.
*upside down mushroom tartlets
*yellow squash with hazelnuts and pecorino
*warm peanut and sesame noodles
*vegetarian lentil soup
*white bean and tomato casserole with broccoli rabe
*whole grain penne pasta with shaved
If you would like any of these recipes please let me know and I'd be happy to send them to you!
Here are a some links to a few of the recipes:
It's snowing here this morning - spring is a little confused.
I'm participating in Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.