My husband is super supportive of this project. He’s really excited to watch me go through the process of completing the Forty-Two Things. He will benefit from several of them, the travel Things, and of course, the Thing where I will select a cookbook and cook all the recipes in it. This Thing was inspired by Julie and Julia, one of the few examples where the movie is better than the book. I say that as someone who loved the book, but Meryl Streep as Julia Child…amazing. So that’s where I got the idea to cook through a cookbook. I’m not that interested in French cooking so I chose a cookbook that began as my favorite food blog, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman. I’ve made a couple of recipes from her blog, including these amazing brownies, and I bought the cookbook soon after it came out. I read the introduction, flipped through the pages and drooled over lovely pictures, and then left it on my coffee table for several months. I was just too intimidated to try the recipes. It did make a lovely coffee table book but now it’s time to try some of these dishes.
I’m pretty confident in my ability to follow instructions on baked goods, but I have some doubts about my abilities as a cook. However, I can follow a recipe and Perelman does distill things to very uncomplicated steps so I think I can do it. Now, my food probably won’t look like hers, and I guarantee my photos won’t look as beautiful as hers. (Although they might get better after I do the Photography Class Thing.) But, I feel pretty confident that I can produce some tasty foods, and I’ll probably recreate my favorites for the “Fancy” Dinner Party Thing. In fact, she includes tips for hosting a dinner party. Score!
I’ve decided to start with one of the recipes that I’ve been drooling over since I first flipped through the book, cheddar swirl breakfast buns. I have all the tools needed to make this one, and I’ve never made bread from scratch before so I like the idea of jumping right into that for the first recipe. I could start with one of the brownies or cookies, but really, I’m going to get to all the recipes eventually so I might as well start with one that looks difficult but well worth it in deliciousness.