the cook page

December 21, 2010

i love to cook
since eating well is important to me, the exercise of planning and executing our routine dinners at home is actually one of my favorite activities. productive + zen + rewarding — both while we’re dining, and also in the aftermath when i get to share my creations with you the next day!

2009 was the year of martha (i cooked through her entire great food fast cookbook — a fantastic collection of recipes, by the way). 2010 was more about variety. i worked on delving into the other cookbooks that were languishing on my shelf, took inspiration from my favorite food blogs, and did lots of cooking from magazines (primarily real simple, cooking light, and of course clean eating).

i often get asked by my coworkers (the ones who don’t cook) how i manage to put home-cooked meals on the table most nights. the answers are:

1. prep is key!

sunday AM ritual
2. leftovers. i cook about 3 times per week, and the rest is . . . recycled. the best part is not having much to clean up!

top 12 of 2010
i spent some time going through this past year’s archives and selected 12 favorites — the meals that were truly memorable and worthy of making again (and again). not all of the recipes are available online, but if there is a recipe that interests you, feel free to


  • Reply Michelle March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Where did you get that awesome lunchbox??

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    michelle: mine is the old version, but you can find the newer ones here!

  • Reply Up Fit Creek March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    LOVE this post! I&#39m also a menu planner and agree with every point you&#39ve made. My husband isn&#39t a super adventurous eater so my options can be limited, but I put a lot of effort into finding healthy meals that we&#39ll both enjoy.

  • Reply Nancy Waterous March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Beautiful lunches! By the way, Laptop Lunches is offering free shipping on orders over $65 through December 31st!

  • Reply Angeliki March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I&#39m so jealous of these lunch boxes! This will be my new year resolution 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration

  • Reply BroccoliHut March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Love this! All your pictures belong on the pages of Real Simple magazine:)

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