I have been featuring Dori Sanders cookbook, “Country Cooking” on my blog for the last few days. Dori’s recipes reminded me so much of the way I grew up in the South. My parent’s families were farmers and I think their way of life was very similar to Dori’s.
Starting today, I am going to share a new tradition with you and that would be my love for Ina Garten’s cookbooks and recipes. During the summer months and over the holidays, I will go through my Ina Garten cookbooks to find new ways of preparing some of my favorite foods. Over the next few day, I will share some of her recipes that are my favorites. I have four Ina Garten cookbooks and my favorite has to be my first one, “Barefoot Contessa At Home.” I gained so much confidence in preparing new and unusual dishes just from following Ina’s recipes. She is so clear and concise about how to prepare each one of her recipes and even though some of them are time consuming, they are well worth the effort.
Here is a picture of the cookbook:
The recipe for zucchini pancakes is in this cookbook and when I first saw it I thought it was a little weird. However, I gave it a try and it was actually very good and a little different from usual summer sides of corn, potatoes or other fresh vegetables.. It is fairly easy to make and I think it would be a great recipe for a parent to make with their young children. Most children love pancakes and probably would give this a try, especially if they were involved in either the planting and harvesting of the zucchini or making the pancakes.
Here is the picture of the pancakes from the cookbook.
I really amazed myself when I switched totally from my Dori Sanders recipes to my Ina Garten recipes. I think I will use my Dori Sanders recipes when I want to prepare food that stir memories of my childhood. I will use my Ina Garten recipes when I want to make new memories of special meals for special people and special times.