It is no secret to anyone who knows me and my husband that we like to cook and bake. And by like I mean absolutely love. We enjoy the finding of fun recipes, we enjoy the tweaking of recipes to improve upon them, we enjoy the actual making of meals, we enjoy cooking together, and - of course - we enjoy eating delicious food.
It is also no secret to anyone who knows me and my husband that we are both a little bit, shall we say, "all or nothing" in our approach to most things in life. And by this I mean, we tend to either do something full throttle, or not at all.
Hence, the quarterly culinary quest. This has nothing to do with Harry Potter or The Hunger Games and everything to do with an intense dive into food adventures. We have been cooking quite a bit, but we decided we would like to focus our efforts on a particular cuisine and really dig into it. The soups. The salads. The meats. The breads. The desserts. And the wine and the beer for good measure. Though we will only consume, not create, those. Oh. And the cheeses, of course. Thus the invention of the Quarterly Culinary Quest. Each quarter we will choose a cuisine and cook primarily from that tradition. This also aligns nicely with my desire to get back into blogging, as I figure our quest will make for good (and hopefully occasionally hilarious and occasionally inspirational) writing material.
We have chosen Italian as our first culinary quest. Now, we are both fully aware that we cannot hope to master all of Italian cooking in three short months. We really are not that delusional. So, we may need to extend this particular quest to two quarters. Surely we can master all of Italian cooking in 6 months.
But really, this is just a test drive, and we shall see where it leads, and adapt as needed. Our Culinary Quests will undoubtedly be lifelong ventures, but we need to start somewhere.
We have started a list of foods we would like to make sure we cook in our Italian quest and hope to able to compare multiple recipes of each food item. However, this is still a work in progress, and we'd love suggestions. What would you tackle if you were embarking on this quest? What foods would you like to see us cook and write about? If you live in Bellingham, what foods would you like to come over to our apartment and eat? Do you have any Italian cookbooks or websites you'd recommend? Please share in the comments!