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A Little Cooking Inspiration

*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana

Now that life, in general, has settled down a bit, I've found my cooking mojo again and have been a little cooking crazy lately. Here are things I've made recently, I hope to write about some of these soon:

- an attempt at my Mom's Spanish rice
- Cuban picadillo (cheater version, hee!)
- Citrus dill salmon
- Spaghetti squash with marinara
- Oatmeal cherry chocolate chip cookies
- Tom's family recipe for Applesauce Cake
- Pumpkin cherry muffins
- Breakfast burritos
- Chocolate dipped dried pineapple
- Chocolate cups with pistachios and dried cranberries
- Tuna pasta salad

Wow, I didn't realize how much I've accomplished in just a few weeks! It definitely keeps an anxious mind occupied on the positive and I'm glad that I've gotten my jones for cooking back again. :)

Anyway, here's a little inspiration for foodies and wannabe chefs like me (and maybe those afraid to try but have always wanted to):



  1. Also named DianaLynOctober 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Some of it is the season. I always find myself cooking so much in early fall. I have 4 meals in my refrigerator right now. I already made a pot of spaghetti sauce, chili and I am prepping for chicken noodle soup.

    As for Julia Child - I talked like her all day Sunday morning while I was baking cinnamon streusel muffins.

  2. Wow! Have you ever been busy.

    Citrus dill salmon sounds exciting, and we're experimenting at bit with that kind of thing. How do you do yours?

  3. I'm also interested in the citrus dill salmon. I love dill and am always looking for new ways to spruce up salmon (it's the only fish I ever really cook at home so it can get boring).

  4. Pumpkin cherry muffins?! Um, where the hell is my cut?? :-P

  5. I used this recipe:


    And it came out great! :)


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